Baby Travel & Jet Lag Hacks

As you guys may have seen on the latest Vlog, we spent the Summer back home with our families in England – and it was Honor’s first visit to the UK. I was super nervous for the trip over – not only was it Honor’s first time on a plane, but it was a long-haul flight (about 10 hours total). I worried that she wouldn’t sleep, that she would be uncomfortable from the pressure changes and teething, that we would disturb other passengers with her crying, changing her in the small airplane loo, and a whole slew of other mum concerns! Thankfully she was an absolute dream (although her jetlag wasn’t – more on that below!), and we learned so many helpful tips for traveling with a baby that I’m excited to share with you today. Watch the full video below, and don’t forget to share your tips in the comments!

 

Baby Travel Tips:
-When traveling internationally, book a flight that takes off around bed time if possible, so that they’ll already be sleepy.
-Request the bassinet seat at the front of the plane, which has a pull-out crib. Most airlines won’t let you reserve this ahead of time, but you can get it on check in. I took a sheet to place under Honor, as I expected the bassinet could possibly be dirty. I also took a little baby mattress, and a lightweight breathable ‘roof’ that clips onto the bassinet, blocking out light and most sound. It worked a treat and I highly recommend it.
-If it’s a short flight or there’s no bassinet at all, request an aisle seat because you’ll be up and down a lot.
-Feed your baby during takeoff and landing (a pacifier will also work), as it helps ease ear pain from cabin pressure.
-Don’t forget that you will need a passport for your baby if you’re traveling out of the country. For domestic flights, a birth certificate will suffice.
-Take extra of anything that you have to sanitize (bottles, etc), because this is pretty impossible mid-flight.
-Take extra food sachets, and formula, in case of delays.
-Include baby medical items in your carry-on, such as a thermometer, baby pain relief (Baby Tylenol or Calpol) and a homeopathic remedy that really works for Honor’s teething, Camilia.
-Take a diaper for every hour of the flight, plus extras – this may be overkill, but better safe than sorry!
-Don’t bother dressing baby in cute outfits for the plane – their PJs are easiest and comfiest. Take extra onesies, and extra tees for mum and dad too, in case of accidents.
-Try not to worry about other passengers judging you if baby cries – we had a mix of people being nice, and not so nice! But you’re doing your best, so try to keep a sense of humor if all goes wrong, you’ll get to your destination eventually!

For Your Destination…
-If you’re breastfeeding, try to stick to your normal feeding schedules (even while on the plane – apart from take off and landing) so that you don’t risk lowering your milk supply. I was amazed at how much jetlag and dehydration depleated my milk supply.
-Buy travel insurance for the family. Many credit card companies provide complimentary insurance, so look into your coverage a few weeks before takeoff.
-When you make it to your location, find out where local ER or doctor/hospital is (just in case)
-If you’ll be there for an extended period of time, look into local nannies and babysitters – a lot of hotels have childcare service too, and you can vet nannies online ahead of time.
-Cribs are usually provided by hotels, but use an unwashed sheet from your baby’s crib at home to cover it – the familiar smell calms them.

Stuff To Take


 

Cozigo sleep cover
Skybaby baby mattress – better for newborns up to 5 or 6 months, use your own mattress cover if not
Sapling organic cotton onesie
Clover onesie
A few extra tees for mum and dad in case of mess
Baby crinkle book, teether
Rebecca Minkoff floral diaper bag
Disposable changing mats
Baby Tylenol
Camilia teething relief
Honest Company mini soap and hand sanitizers
Baby Bum SPF
Wrap slings
Baby blanket
Diapers
Extra food
Mother’s milk and formula (can go through security, though they may test it)
Sound machine (or use the apps on your phone)
Blackout blinds
Baby Bjorn travel crib

Dealing With Baby Jetlag
-Ease them slowly into the new country’s timezone. So naps might be a little off for the first few days. However it’s important they don’t sleep most of the day, as then you’ll have difficulty getting them to sleep at night. As wrong as it seems to wake a sleeping baby, you might have to in those first few days.
-Be prepared to be up with them in the middle of the night. Honor got hungry at odd hours or was simply not tired, so a simple cuddling-and-rocking wasn’t going to get her back to sleep. Mackenzie and I fed her whenever she was hungry, even if it was off her schedule, and played with her (with soft voices and very low light) until she got tired again.
-Follow their lead, both for feeding and sleep. Supplement with formula if necessary.
-Drink tons of water to keep up your milk supply, just in case your feeding schedule gets thrown off. Try to pump at your usual intervals, if that’s part of your own schedule.

xx,

Louise Loves

3 responses to “Baby Travel & Jet Lag Hacks”

  1. Friends have used the app I wrote, MetroBabay, to keep babies and toddlers calm and quiet during flights. Not their own children but those sitting next to them! Told me it was a life saver!

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/metrobaby/id586233090?mt=8&uo=4

    The app was written for a friend’s baby to help keep her relaxed. Several years on and she still wants to play it, showing it off to her little sister. I’m amazed how much she likes it!

  2. Stephanie says:

    So helpful!! Thank you for posting this!

  3. Sending this to my Sister – great tips!!

    Rebecca | http://www.peppermintdolly.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Follow My Adventures
on Instagram

  • Update on my stories:
I can now see again 👀😂👍
Today’s dress was also cute, tap for tags
  • Today on #FrontRoe, I'm discussing a new baby-feeding trend: baby-led weaning. Parents out there, have you heard of this? What are your thoughts? While we didn't do this with Honor, I'm so fascinated by the concept. Click the link in my bio to read more about it, and make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! ⁣⠀
  • Tonight I heard more Italian spoken than English and I loved it... congratulations @the_attico x @shopredone !! Ps. Shoezzz @midnight_zerozero
  • Time to get the white jeans out ☀️ Shop this look by downloading the Like to Know It app, follow me on there, and then every time you screenshot one of my pics you'll get an email with the details. Or go to the LIKEtoKNOW.it app to shop my content there! 📨💕 http://liketk.it/2B5Af #liketkit@liketoknow.it
  • Just curious, do you guys wear SPF every day? Comment below, let's talk about it! Although it might not seem obvious, dermatologists recommend wearing it daily, even when it's rainy and grey outside. @Olay’s got you covered with the new Regenerist Whip SPF 25. I'm excited because the Regenerist Whip moisturizer is my favorite, and I always make sure to layer it on each morning no matter what. Plus, it melts perfectly into my skin and is great for priming the face for makeup. Try it for 25% off at the link in my bio! #SelfcareSunday #FaceAnything #OlaySun ☀️⁣⠀
  • Having some cocktails by the pool before heading to the festival! #ad
I made a #botanicalspritz - that’s @ketelonebotanical with soda, ice, cucumber and mint - it’s pretty amazing and zero sugar - have you tried one?
  • Not excited at all to be at #Coachella!
  • Extra excited it’s Friday because we’re off to Coachella!!!! What are you guys up to this weekend!
Ps. Don’t miss an epic #FreebieFridays on my stories today 💥 http://liketk.it/2B6VN #liketkit @liketoknow.it
  • Just buttering up the right people ahead of a certain egg hunt... 🥕 🐰 🥚
  • ⁣Spring in LA = layering weather. See more of this look, and shop it, at the link in my bio ⁣http://liketk.it/2B3m9 #liketkit @liketoknow.it ⁣⠀
  • Are you a coffee or tea drinker? I love both - but as a Brit - my heart will always be with tea! I posted a cute (and easy) DIY on #FrontRoe today, showing you how to mix your very own tea blends. Swipe left, Link in bio!
  • I’m just back in LA, but here’s the last one from the slopes!
Happy Monday 😍
powered by chloédigital
Read previous post:
Louise Roe NYFW Fall 2018 Trends
The NYFW Trends To Start Wearing Now

It's officially Fashion Month, and we just got to see all the new trends grace the runways at New York...

Close