Fact: throwing a child into the mix makes everything take at least ten times longer. As a new mom, I've found that even getting out of the car isn't as easy as it once was. Grocery shopping, doctor's appointments... everything is a whole new adventure. Not to mention traveling.
In his three months of life, we've traveled with our son twice: once a road trip to San Diego, and - most recently - a flight cross-country to Atlanta. I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but I have found a few things that make the trip run a little more smoothly.
(Unfortunately, though, nothing is going to save you from a few eye rolls in the security line and comments like, "could I get a seat not by the baby? Perhaps at the back of the plane?")
Clockwise from top left:
1. A pair of soft, comfortable shoes (or if baby is really tiny, socks).
Airplanes get drafty. These moccasins by locally owned shop, Freshly Picked, are both soft and adorable for keeping toes cozy. I would personally love to buy a pair in every color. Each pair is handmade upon ordering, and with sizes ranging from 1-10, they'll fit just about any cute little baby foot.
2. Swaddle blankets
Perhaps my number one baby staple, these swaddlers by Aden+Anais are thin enough for year-round use, large enough for comfortable swaddling, and soft enough to keep baby warm at home or on the go. If you're traveling for a week or so, I'd take three or four. Babinski's has an excellent selection of this stuff.
3. A new toy/teether
Of course, he'll need to stay entertained, so bring along a toy he can play with and chew on. Even better if it's one he hasn't played with before - the novelty will keep him entertained longer. Sophie the Giraffe is available at Oopsie Daisy.
4. Baby carrier or wrap
Wraps like Solly Baby are great because they have multiple carrying options, and fold up small when not in use. This particular wrap comes in lots of fun different colors and patterns and is made out of the softest stretchy fabric that can accomodate babies of all sizes.
5/6. Carseat and stroller
Rather than lugging both a stroller and a carseat, look for something like the Chicco Keyfit Caddy (available at Babies R Us). The carseat snaps right into the sleek stroller caddy, which folds down flat and is incredibly lightweight.