So sorry to leave you hanging! Since my last post, my little family picked up and moved to Denver! We are all settled in with new jobs and are close to lots of family, so Paul has so many babysitters to choose from now!
Since travel may be on your minds with the holidays swiftly approaching, here are my best pointers for enjoyable flights with baby.
1) Feed your little one during take-off! This is SO very important. The sucking not only helps alleviate the pressure on their ears during take-off, but of course the bottle will help them drift off to sleep. (Hopefully for the whole flight!)
2) Bring baby’s favorite BUT QUIET toy. No one wants to be the parents with the fun squeaky toy that drives everyone nuts on the plane, but sure keeps baby happy. I suggest a high contrast, infant stim book or even a fun iPhone app like the Baby Silencer.
3) Pacifiers are your friend. If baby won’t take the bottle while taking off or later on when landing, use your faithful friend, the pacifier. Don’t forget the paci clip so it doesn’t fall and get yucky!
4) Try a car seat travel cart. If you’re like us and you have to bring the car seat because you will need it on the other end to travel via car, then we say skip the stroller (or simply check it through to your destination) and go with a travel cart instead. It’s like putting your baby on wheels!
So after taking our first flight (eek!) I have been craving more outings with the wee one. Here is my wish list of items that would make trips even more fun:
I did it! Just submitted my application for the Huggies MomInspired Grant Program!! Inspired by my little guy, I created Colic Cradler (www.coliccradler.com), an infant seat and carrier with a massage mechanism designed to reduce colic. In essence, it automates the colic cradle hold that we know and love so much. My problem has always been that holding the baby this way uses both hands, and you can never get anything done. With Colic Cradler, you can do it all! Your baby gets the relief he or she needs, and the busy parent gains at least one hand to do things around the house or just simply take a break. I am crossing my fingers that I receive the grant money so I can bring relief to parents and babies across the country. And, if I do get the grant, 5% of all proceeds will go to The March of Dimes. As a mom to a preemie, I couldn’t think of a better way to give back. Onward and upward!