A Traveling Mom’s Guide To Breastfeeding In Public

Breastfeeding Timo at LAX while waiting to board our flight.
Breastfeeding Timo at LAX while waiting to board our flight.

A Traveling Mom’s Guide To Breastfeeding In Public

As a traveling mommy of three, I have breastfed in public many times in many different locations. The bottom line of traveling with a baby you breastfeed is that at some point you will have to breastfeed in public. Whether you are on an airplane, a bus, or at a train station, the time is coming. Babies have to eat, and when you are trying to get from point A to point B you might not be able to find a private place to nurse. So here is my guide to breastfeeding in public:

-Dress For The Occasion

Make sure you are wearing a comfortable, reliable nursing bra. My personal favorite brand is Bella Materna (right now their “Seamless Nursing Bra (Full Cup or Regular)” is on sale!! That is the one I actually use, it rocks). They make wonderful nursing bras in all sizes, and their full coverage bras for larger chested women are extremely supportive and easy to use. Do not waste money on a cheap nursing bra!! By the time you have worn though three cheap ones, you could have bought one amazing one that will last you nursing through two babies!

You can also make your own breastfeeding top, or dress in light layers like a cardigan and a tank top so you have your body covered if that makes you more comfortable. There is also the option to use a nursing cover like the one in the photo above. For older babies I recommend sitting on one corner of the cover to keep your little one from being distracted by a possible game of peek-a-boo. Hahaha. For more details on how to dress for breastfeeding in public you can check out this article I wrote a few years go.

Of course I am not suggesting you have to cover up completely. I feel more comfortable covered up, but that is just my personal preference. As a breastfeeding support person my number one priority for all nursing mothers is personal comfort. Do whatever makes you feel most comfortable! Read more

Trend Sprouting: Best Baby Travel Pillow EVER

awesome baby travel pillow

Trend Sprouting: Best Baby Travel Pillow EVER

Today I decided to go on a hunt for the next big baby trend, and I found this baby travel pillow. The first thing I thought when I saw this was, “Why wasn’t this invented twenty years ago?! I have needed one of these FOREVER!”

I am not exaggerating, this is something every parent will agree with me about. How many times have you had to fix your baby’s head because it looks like they are going to suffocate as they are hunched over in their car seat sleeping? This is something that has driven me crazy from day one! Unfortunately One Step Ahead’s website is closed until the end of July… so follow the link below a similar pillow made by BenBat and prevent having to pull over countless times on you next road trip to adjust your cutie pie’s head.
BenBat Travel Friends On The Go Head and Neck Support, Chic, 0-12 Months

And in case you want to make your own travel pillow, I have invented an awesome one that doesn’t break any patent laws… check it out here.

Happy travels!!

Kristin

Trend Sprouting – Reusable Baby Food Pouches

Yesterday one of my pins on pinterest got 90 repins and 50 likes. I was really surprised because I just pinned it, and went on about my night, not thinking this was the next best thing to sliced bread (an American idiom meaning that it is a needed, time-saving invention).

So here it is:

squeezems food pouches

Squeeze’Ems, a reusable food pouch. Although you have to buy disposable inserts, which means it isn’t totally reusable, but still a cool idea. The only problem is that when I was reading the reviews on Amazon, most of them were bad. Yikes! The main problem customers had was that the top doesn’t screw on. It pops on, and that means it is too easy to pop off. I agree that having a purse full of apple sauce is NOT convenient. So I researched a few other reusable food pouches, and they all had their cons. Most of them don’t collapse enough to squeeze out all of the food inside.

I went ahead and looked on different baby forums, and did some Google search engine surfing and founds these:

squooshie baby food pouches

Squooshies seem to be a favorite among parents and kids. One woman figured out that to get her money’s worth out of the four pack she would have to use them 44 times, and after that they would save her around 0.80 cents each use. I think it’s worth it. I honestly would have ordered something like this myself when I ordered all of my baby food making things from Amazon, but these wouldn’t ship to Greece. Oh well.

I hope you find the right product for your little sprouts, and look out for more “Trend Sprouting” posts in the future!

Happy travels!!!

Kristin

No Bathtub In Sight

When I wrote “Staying In A Hostel…“, an article about staying in a hostel with children, I mentioned that during your traveling career, there may be a few times when you are required to give an infant a shower instead of a bath. There may not always be a bathtub or large sink around, and if you are by yourself, this is even more tricky.

This an example of what you might encounter in a hostel or hotel room in Europe. Notice there is only a shower, and no bathtub.

The last time I stayed in a hostel was in Subotica, Serbia, when my youngest daughter was about 7 months old. I stayed there with my two girls while my husband stayed back with the main group, sleeping in sleeping bags on the church floor. We were on a four day mission trip, and my girls were totally exhausted and in need of a bath. My oldest daughter is a pro at taking showers because we haven’t lived in a place with a bathtub for most of her life, so that was not an issue. However, when I went to bathe my younger daughter, I realized that I was used to having Travis around to help me during this very slippery procedure. But, she needed a bath, so I decided just to go for it. It wasn’t the most elegant moment in my life, but she was clean. For your traveling pleasure, here is a run down of how to give a baby a bath when you are by yourself, in a room that is not equipped for this task.

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Light, Easy, Baby Sleeping Solution

Important Udpate (January 2nd, 2013):

This product has been recalled due to a safety violation. For more information please check out this article for recall information and specific circumstances if you are still interested in this product.

Here is the original post from June 14th, 2011:

PeaPod makes the most expensive version of this, you could also check out the KidCo version if you don't want to spend $90. image courtesy of One Step Ahead
PeaPod makes the most expensive version of this at $90. Image courtesy of One Step Ahead.

When I posted last Friday about Hostels, I alluded to a sleeping solution for babies that does not involve the words pack ‘n’ play. I am definitely a fan of pack ‘n’ plays in the right circumstances, but they are heavy, and I am opposed to carrying anything extra that I don’t need. I was facing the decision of using one as a check-in bag instead of one our suitcases when my dad suggested looking for a more portable option. The next day we ordered one of these, a PeaPod Plus Baby Travel Bed. It is super light, easy it use, and we actually used it for four months. I would not recommend this for everyday use if you can avoid it, because ours is thrashed, but it is perfect for a few nights here and there. We used it with our younger daughter when she was about 18 months old. I made a sheet for mine, which anyone can do. I did it by hand because my machine was in need of servicing. Follow the directions below if you decide to purchase one.

You can also use the tent without the inflatable mattress at the beach to keep the kids cool while they enjoy the ocean breeze. I plan on doing that later this week, actually.

I really feel this is one of those travel tools that was worth the investment. A lot of travel solutions that One Step Ahead offers are very expensive, and most of them do not earn my recommendation, but this is one of their smartest products. At $90 it may seem steep, but if you are going somewhere knowing that you won’t be able to use a sleeping solution that is already there, this is a safe and easy solution. The age listed on the product says newborn to 6 years, but I don’t think an average height 4 year old would fit in here (mine won’t!). There are also health concerns due for infants due to the death of a five month old, and Canada health officials released a statement that the tent is unsafe for children under 1 year. I would agree with them and say a safe age range would be 1 to 3. (Updated section in italics, 1/2/2013)

Another option. If there is a bed in your room for your infant, you can use one a Phil & Teds “Wiggle Wrapper” (recommended to me by another traveling mom) to keep your baby safe and in place while they sleep. Of course this product also has a few other uses, including helping your baby sit up in a chair safely once they are old enough to sit up, and keeping them secure on your lap when you are trying to sit and eat.

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