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Flying with Two Kids

Chantal Standafer

On Labor Day I went on my first airplane trip with the two kids--alone. I wasn’t overly worried about caring for Boyd on the plane since we’d already become pretty good at flying with an infant when Gaby was little. But doing most things with two kids is still fairly new to me. I was pretty nervous about how the trip would turn out, and I tried to plan and prepare as much as possible in the days leading up to the trip. So besides my normally stocked diaper bag, here's what I did to help with being stuck on two airplanes with an infant and a toddler for almost an entire day: 

GENERAL

  • Checked luggage. I checked as much of our things as possible, and this included the car seats. And we didn't bring a stroller because my parents have one at their house. I decided that the less I had to keep track of and carry around, the better.

  • Carry-on luggage. I brought my diaper bag and a small rolling suitcase. The diaper bag contained all of my essentials for feeding, changing and entertaining the kids, while my suitcase was stocked with extras of everything, including a change of clothes for myself (you never know when you’ll have a diaper blowout or be covered in spit up!). During our layover I took the time to restock my diaper bag supply of wipes, diapers and snacks, and I swapped out the toys in the diaper bag for ones in the suitcase.

TODDLER

  • Prepped Gaby before the trip. We explained to her that we were going on an airplane to visit her grandparents. We also talked with her about being a helper and obeying when asked to do things. This wasn’t different from what we expect from her on a daily basis, but because we would be out of our normal environment and routine, it was good to have a reminder and establish expectations ahead of time.

  • Snacks. Packed lots of snacks, and a large variety of them. While Gaby usually doesn’t snack throughout the day, travel days are exceptions. She didn’t really have normal meals, and I had to be ok with doling out way more snacks than usual.

  • Drinks. I packed Gaby’s water bottle so I didn’t have to worry about spills. But she loves drinking out of cups, so I got her a cup with a little water in it each time the in flight service was available. She was so excited about this and it kept her entertained for a while each time.

  • Headphones. Gaby loves music (and the occasional TV show), and while she likes the idea of earbuds, she really won't tolerate them. I found some great volume control children sized headphones online. When they arrived in the mail I showed them to her and tested them with one of her favorite songs and they were an instant hit. But even though she asked to use them frequently before the trip, I kept them as something special and told her they were for using on the trip. She was so excited to use them on the plane, and the video and music entertained her for a large chunk of our first flight.

  • Gift wrapped toys. A friend suggested this, and it worked marvelously. It made toys that we already owned and played with special again. Gaby loves opening things, and this made the lifespan of the toys and the excitement last longer.

INFANT

  • Infant carrier. Boyd spent most of the day in the carrier, leaving me with both hands completely free to keep a toddler under wrap, as well as to carry my bags through the airport.

  • Feed during takeoff and landing. Boyd ended up being hungry during takeoff and landing three out of four times, so he nursed during those times, and the other time had his pacifier. This helped him clear his ears as the pressure changed, and he did not whine at all, at least not due to plugged ears. (I know that this is harder for some babies, but this has worked for both of our kids).

Overall the day went smoothly. And while I'm not ready to hop on a plane again tomorrow, I'm confident that the return trip next week will go well, too!

How do you keep your kids busy on the airplane? What other tips do you have?

 

What's in my diaper bag: Out and about with 2 kids

Chantal Standafer

Gabrielle Diaper Bag Packed for Two Kids

I didn’t stay in the house for that long after having G, and we made a break for it even sooner after B’s arrival. In fact, we stopped for food and coffee on the way home from the hospital, and we made it out for a couple of 4th of July events when he was only a few days old. But in order to leave the house I had to be prepared, which meant having all of my essentials in my diaper bag. I try to keep my bag as light as possible (although that doesn’t always happen!). Here’s what I usually have in my diaper bag for my outings with two kids:

  • Diapers+wipes. We tried potty training G before baby’s arrival, and while there was some success, we definitely are not ready to go diaper free yet. So, I generally have three size 5 diapers in one pocket and four size 1 diapers in another. I stick the reusable travel wipes case in a pocket with one of the stacks of diapers. [Use: two interior pockets] 

  • Snacks. Honestly I don’t pack a lot of snacks, and what I do have I try to hide from G. Otherwise she just wants to have a snack wherever we go, whether it be the park or to run errands. I usually just have a couple small items stuffed deep in one of the pockets. [Use: interior pocket]

  • A few small toys. You never know when you’ll need to keep a toddler busy! I usually have a small plastic animal toy or two, a small book, stickers, crayons and paper. [Use: interior pocket] note: If we're going on a long trip (or to dinner), I pack some toys and books in a little backpack that G carries herself.

  • Water bottles. I carry two bottles--one for myself and another for G. [Use: two interior bottle pockets]

  • Nursing cover+burp cloth+onesie. I pack a swaddle blanket to use as my burp cloth--it’s large enough that I can fold it over and use a clean section if there’s a large amount of spit up. Or it can double as a cover over the carseat, which is often needed given the unrelenting Southern California sun. The onesie is for the diaper blowout that will inevitably happen during one of our times out. [Use: open middle section]

  • My things. Phone, external phone battery, keys, wallet, sunglasses, chapstick, lipstick. [Use: middle section, front zip pocket]

  • Personal care items. Hand sanitizer, tissues, band-aids. [Use: interior zip pocket]

The great thing about our diaper bag is that whether I pack heavy or light, there’s room and pockets for everything and the structure keeps it from looking bulky or deflated. Even with what I normally pack, there is always space in case I need to pack an extra item. What other essentials do you carry when out and about with your kiddos?

 

Why It’s Worth It to Invest in a Diaper Bag

Laura Hahn

When I was pregnant with my first, I spent months scouring the Internet to find the perfect bag. I knew that this was one item that I could put on my baby registry, but was actually more for me than for the baby. After all, I was going to be the one carrying it everywhere--even if it was full of diapers, wipes, and baby clothes. I didn’t want to carry around two bags, so I planned to put my wallet, sunglasses, keys, etc. in it as well.

Much to my chagrin, my searches came up with slim pickings. It came to a point where I didn’t care how much it cost, but it needed to resemble a woman’s handbag and look like something I would actually use--not something with way too many flowers, ducks, owls, or anything else that pegged me as MOM, a mile away (your stroller, carrier, or hi, BABY--will already do that for you). Even when I found a bag on Amazon for $25 that was a solid navy with tan trim, the reviews said that it fell apart really easily. I’m at a point in my life where I’d rather have fewer, high quality things that I invest in, and I realized after reading so many other people’s reviews that I needed to apply this mantra to my diaper bag as well.

In the very beginning of your newborn’s life, you may not go out all that much. After all, your body needs to recover, and nursing/feeding/everything is easier at home where you have all your stuff. However, it’s inevitable that your life will eventually get back to normal and you’ll be on the go, this time with baby in tow. And every time you step outside, you’ll need to bring things for your baby. I’ve realized that even if you think you’ll only be out for 10 minutes, that’s the exact window your baby is brewing up a ginormous poop or spit up. Or, he’ll decide to flip out and you’ll have no paci or distractions to soothe him. So bring the diaper bag just in case, because you'll probably end up using it!

The other thing to keep in mind is that you’ll be using your diaper bag almost every day for at least a year, if not 18 months to 2+ years. If you’re planning on having more kids, you’ll need it for even longer. This is why a lot of moms will chuck their old bag and get a new one for baby #2. I am still using a diaper bag at the end of year 2, and plan on using it for awhile. This is because the things you need to bring change as your baby grows. In the beginning, you need everything: diapers, wipes, nursing cover or bottles, change of clothes, toys, etc. After their first year, you can carry less, but you need more space for a sippy cup, snacks, toys for distraction, hand sanitizer or wipes (kids get so dirty!), and you’ll still need a changing pad and those diapers and wipes unless you potty train super early. So, trust me, it’s worth it to invest in a high quality, attractive diaper bag you’re not embarrassed by--and if you can get the space, functionality, and durability to go with it, you’ve reached the jackpot! Hm, I think I know a bag that fits the bill… :)

What do you think? Is it worth it to invest in a diaper bag?