The Bag: Lassig Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag
I'm absolutely in love with my Lassig Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag! It recently won the 2016 Eco Excellence Award. The Lassig Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag keeps me organized and looks like a super-chic handbag. Made from pollution-free and recycled plastic bottle fabrics, it includes a 2 large main compartments, lots of pockets, a changing pad, wet pocket, zip pouch, and more. Also notable is that it's free of PVC, AZO, Phtalates, Nickel and Cadmium. Mine is in Black Melange.
What makes the Lassig Green Label Neckline Diaper Bag the ultimate travel diaper bag is that there's a place for everything. When I travel, I need help organizing all the baby stuff. I like to know where to find specific items and this bag has so many compartments and storage spaces that it's easy to locate things. I also really appreciate that there's a mini cooler bag for storing cold/frozen milk. We usually grab a bottle of milk at the airport for our toddler to drink on the airplane and this will keep it colder a bit longer. There are several hooks on the bag for attaching additional items/toys that don't take up precious "inside the bag" space. It also features a wet/dry area for stashing soiled clothing.
Since it is large and has so many compartments, it's easy to overfill this bag. I think it's best to empty the bag completely and lay out everything you plan on packing. Make sure you are only packing the things you'll need (putting the rest in your checked luggage) and then pack up the bag.
Diaper Bag Essentials While Traveling:
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The first time I ever traveled with a nursing baby was when my family went to Thailand when my son was 6 months old. I had no idea what to pack and ended up not packing very smartly. I was so pre-occupied with making sure I had all my breast pump parts and extra bottles (which I didn't use once) that I forgot more important things, like nipple ointment. We traveled with a lot of extended family and I didn't feel comfortable nursing in front of them without a nursing cover or proper nursing clothes (which I didn't pack) that I ended up sequestered in our room for a lot of the trip. That's not how I envisioned exploring Thailand.
Traveling while nursing a baby can be a new experience. You may be traveling away from your baby and need to pump on the go or you may be traveling with your baby for the first time. There are a lot of items to consider bringing either way. I've compiled a list of items that are helpful based on my experience traveling with nursing babies.
Packing List for Nursing Moms
I hope this list helps get you started when packing for your first trip as a nursing Mom. The more trips you take, the more refined your list will be. You will also figure out your own must-have products. Please comment below with any items I may have missed!
Bravado, Bun Maternity, Covered Goods, Happy Wrap, and My Brest Friend provided products for review purposes.
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Our toddler Owen has been so fortunate to have opportunities to travel the world at such a young age. He's been to Thailand, Italy, Greece, Canada, Hawaii, Disneyland, and more. We know that he won't remember most of these trips years from now, but he definitely remembers them vividly for months and has absorbed so much about other places and cultures. I believe that these global experiences will impact the person he becomes.
With Baby #2 expected this Fall, I know our lives are going to be a bit more chaotic. However, I really hope to continue exposing our kids to the amazing people and places in this world. We plan on traveling with our kids as they grow up, but there are definitely some places that would be cool to see as a young child.
Toddler Travel Bucket List:
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My husband and I love to travel. When we had Owen, we knew it would change how we travel. We flew with him domestically and internationally when he was a baby, but it's definitely more eventful traveling with a toddler!
We flew from Seattle to San Jose last July and it was Owen's shortest flight at just 1 hour 30 minutes. We flew on Alaska Airlines and it was a pretty good experience. Because it was a short flight (and Owen was under 2), we had Owen on our lap. Without asking, a seasoned flight attendant gave us extra pretzels, a cup to put them in and extra napkins! This entertained Owen for quite a bit of time! We also were glad that we brought our Boba Carrier because he (and my husband) took a short nap on the flight down.
This short trip was a good trial run for our long flight to Rome the following month. This was a different story. Flights to Europe are usually red eyes, so we lugged our Chicco Nextfit carseat on board in hopes that he would sleep most of the flight. Hahaha! He slept for an hour and then did not want to be in the carseat for the rest of the trip. Which was okay because the carseat put him at the right angel to kick the seat in front of him. We were then left hauling the carseat all over Italy for the next 2 weeks in addition to all our luggage.
Anyway, we had lots of time to hang out during the flight (yay!) so I went through my bag of tricks. The window clings were fun for a bit, until Owen realized he could throw them at people. We tried watching several movies as part of the inflight entertainment but he didn't want to wear the headphones, so he lost interest pretty quickly. We ended up doing many rounds of "Peanut Butter and Jelly" while we waited for food and beverage carts to come by.
The flights home went much smoother. We checked the carseat and used the seatbelt extenders for take-off and landing and made a bed for him in his seat. He slept much, much better (and longer.) He spent his awake times eating, playing peek-a-boo with the kids behind us and hanging in the carrier.
A month later, Owen and I flew to Kauai, then Maui, and then back home again. This time I was on my own. I checked our bag and the carseat and just carried a backpack and Owen in our toddler Action Baby Carrier. The flight to Kauai was a bit rough. Thanks to our Alaska Airlines companion fare, Owen had his own seat, which helped a lot. He enjoyed playing with the window clings (until a fellow passenger said they looked like gummy candy and then Owen wanted to taste them). We ate a lot of snacks and I brought out a new toy every hour or so. I actually listened to Mindy Kaling's new book on my phone while playing with him. This helped me feel like I was getting a little break and Owen had fun.
The short 40 minute flight from Kauai to Maui was a long 40 minutes. Owen was my lap baby and by the time I checked the carseat and big back and packed Owen and my backpack around the airport, I just wanted to sleep. And then, I had to put Owen back in the carrier when we landed so I could lug the backpack, carseat, and suitcase onto the rental car shuttle and then back off to stand in line to get the rental car and then load everything up. I was so wiped, that I barely got us to the rental house before crashing for a few hours. In hindsight, I might have tried to just rent a carseat there. But, we were going to do a lot of driving and we've had mixed experiences with rental carseats.
The flight from Maui to Seattle was my dream flight! Owen crashed literally 5 seconds after takeoff and I was able to finish Mindy Kaling's book (which is hilarious) and even closed my eyes for awhile. Best flight ever!
Most recently, we flew down to Orange County for a quick trip to Disneyland on Alaska Airlines. They provided him with his own Wings and a Disneyland-themed coloring book with crayons. Owen was happily entertained by these as well as Wikki Stix, Mickey Mouse stickers, and lots of snacks. On the way home, however, he was teething pretty hard and was fighting sickness and exhaustion and he ended up crying or sleeping the entire trip home. The flight attendants were wonderful and brought us milk, extra pretzels, and gave the passengers around us earplugs.
The lesson here is that one flight (good or bad) will not dictate the next flight!
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I'm a mom to a 3-year-old and a baby. We believe in traveling as a family as soon as possible and sharing our tips and tricks with other families!