Tips on Traveling with an Infant

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disclaimer: I was provided the Dockatot Grand and Travel Bag in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

Wondering how to travel with a baby? It doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. I would encourage any family wanting to travel to definitely do so, and to start young. We took Leo on our first family (car) trip up north at 3 weeks, first international trip to Mexico at 8 weeks, and to Nashville at 6 months.

Many of our friends and coworkers couldn’t believe we weren’t going to curb our travel once we became parents, but it is truly a passion of ours and we never want to stop exploring or going on adventures together. We want to show Leo the world!

Here’s a few tips and pieces of information for anyone traveling with an infant.

1. Getting a Passport
Infant/Child passports are good for 5 years. Birth certificates are made available to the State within 3 weeks of birth. Both parents will need to be present when applying for a passport, and it must be done in person. You can check online using your zip code to see what office is closest to you. Normal processing time is 4-6 weeks. We expedited ours for an additional $60, and it arrived in about 10 days.
*Try to print a picture beforehand. The size is 2×3, which is NOT the same as “wallet size.” Learned that one the hard way…*

2.Planning Flight Travel
An infant up to 2 years of age can be considered a “lap child/child in arms” and you do not need to purchase an additional ticket for them. After purchasing an (international) ticket for yourself, contact your travel agent or the airline and let them know about your child and they will add them to the flight. For international flights, you will need to pay the international fee and taxes for the baby, even if they are considered a lap child. (For Mexico, this was about $18 each way.) For domestic travel, the check-in counter can add them to your flight ticket and it will print with your boarding pass. *Be sure to bring the baby’s passport for international travel and either passport or birth certificate for domestic travel.*

When you check-in for your flight, ask the airline if the flight is full. If it is not, you will be able to bring your carseat on the flight with you (placed rear-facing, in a window seat.) Make sure you have the FAA sticker that approves it for flight. Some flight attendants may ask to verify.

3. Navigating the Airport
Bring your stroller and car seat for FREE! Both these items, as well as your pump, and diaper bag all qualify as “courtesy items” and will not be charged as a carry-on or checked item. If you are traveling with breast milk, this is considered “liquid medication” and does not have to be stored in 3oz sizes-it can be more. Pack in a cooler with ice and go through security-they’ll likely scan it with a laser to make sure its just milk.

When we’re traveling with Leo, we keep him in his stroller until we get to the gate. We also bring our Ergo360 for transporting him-this is handy walking through the airport if he wants to be held, or if the flight is full and we aren’t able to bring our carseat on.
When you get to the gate agent, ask for the tags that say “gate check” Put your stroller (and carseat if the flight is full) in your gate check bags, and put the gate check tag on each bag. This way, the ground crew will bring your stroller and carseat back up to the ramp as you deplane.

My biggest tip in-flght would be to feed your baby at take-off and landing. This will help their sensitive ears adjust to the rapidly changing pressure in the cabin. Other than that, kids will be kids and you can only plan and pray so much that it will go well. You could try introducing a new toy, packing snacks, or trying to plan your flight during nap time. We’ve been very fortunate that Leo has been a happy, sleepy, curious traveler so far.

Don’t leave home without….
Dockatot
For those that follow my blog or instagram, you know how much I LOVE our Dockatot! This is the #1 thing I recommend to all expecting parents. We bring it with us everywhere. Its great for tummy time, play time (look how cute the new play bar is!), sleepy time, and all the times in between. Who wouldn’t want to travel with their own bed? Its comfy and familiar. The geniuses at Dockatot just came out with a travel bag that makes it so easy. The travel bag is available in both the Deluxe Size (perfect as a carry-on) or the Grand Size (needs to be checked.) I pack all of Leo’s diapers, clothes, and necessities for the week in the bag as well.
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Have any questions on the Dockatot, what to pack, or traveling with a baby? I’d love to help! email: emeraldandoakblog@gmail.com

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Covered Goods GIVEAWAY!

disclaimer: I was provided a Covered Goods in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% mine. This post includes affiliate links.

It can be so overwhelming registering for your baby since there are numerous brands for each item and so many different things needed! My advice would be to do your research on the bigger, more expensive items you’re hoping will last several years and/or kids- strollers, car seats, etc. and go with your personal style preference on the other items.

I’m quickly learning in these first weeks of being a mom what my go-to items are. My most used and favorite items are those that have multiple uses. I was so excited when Covered Goods sent me their 4 in 1 nursing cover!

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It works like this:
1. Nursing Cover
breathable fabric that’s lightweight means that it makes for a great nursing cover when I’m in public. Last week, we were shopping in Nordstrom when Leo needed to feed. It was so easy to breastfeed without hassle.

2. Infinity Scarf
There are so many cute patterns of Covered Goods, and I love the black and white stripes that match my diaper bag. This scarf is also coming in handy to wear in our cold Michigan winter right now.
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3. Carseat Cover
This is by far the best and most useful! When I’m headed out the door, the cover goes over Leo’s carseat and helps protect from the wind, sun, and snow, and rain outside. Even better, Leo feels very comforted and safe in there and almost always falls asleep! I’ll leave the cover on him when he’s in the stroller in public, and he’ll stay asleep.

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4. Shopping Cart Cover
This one will come in handy when Leo is a little older. The cover stretches over the seat part and around the shopping cart for a comfortable and clean shopping experience with toddlers.

I’ve teamed up with Covered Goods for a GIVEAWAY! To enter, leave a comment on this post! Head over to my instagram (@emeraldandoakblog) for an additional entry! Contest open through Sunday, January 15th!

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You can check out all of the stylish Covered Goods prints on their website.

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Binxy Baby

Disclaimer: I was provided a hammock by Binxy Baby in exchange for my review.
All opinions are 100% mine.

Leo and I ventured out to the grocery store last week for the first time to pick up a few staples and baking ingredients for the weekend. I was a little nervous to take a new baby to the grocery store, and apprehensive about how to carry his car seat into the grocery store, fit it in the cart, and still have room to fit groceries.

The Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock made it SO easy! The hammock can work a few ways: You can attach it in the cart and then place your baby in it (as pictured). Or, you can attach it in the cart and then attach your car seat in it (up to 50 lbs.)

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With Leo in the hammock, I had so much room and he was completely comfortable. Between having an (adorable) newborn and having him in the Binxy Baby, I had so many people at the grocery store stopping me or peering over at my cart.
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Binxy Baby fits most grocery carts (and beloved red Target carts) and for larger carts like Costco’s, you can attach the hammock toward the front. I can only imagine how great this is if you have both a toddler and a newborn in order to free up space in your cart. And, if you have twins, you can put two hammocks next to each other!

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Binxy Baby comes in four colors/patterns: black, triangles, raindrops in blue, and gray/aqua. You can use the Binxy Baby hammock up to 50 lbs. and until your baby can sit up on their own/6 months.

When not in use, the Binxy Baby hammock rolls up and fits easily in your diaper bag. I can’t imagine shopping without it now, and definitely would recommend it to new parents! This is one of my top picks for gifting: baby shower, visiting new parents, or Christmas.
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You can buy Binxy Baby here and receive 10% off your order!
(good through 2/28/17)
instagram: @shopbinxy
web: binxybaby.com

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