Photography by Shadi Garman
Hi Friends! I hope your week has been great so far! It has been a crazy few weeks and I am excited to be back with a new blog post! I just got this denim peplum top and I was so excited to style it. I tried it with a number of different pieces…some of which included high waisted denim jeans and shorts, but I randomly decided to try it with this very feminine skirt and I was INSPIRED! I love how the look came together. I think it just goes to show you that pairing casual or less fancy fabrics with higher end items isn’t off limits.
Matt and I got back last week from L.A. where we traveled across the country with Charlee! I wanted to take the time to offer a few more traveling tips for a longer flight. Let me preface this by saying I WAS SO NERVOUS to fly across the country with Charlee to L.A. Unfortunately, my husband’s Grandmother passed away. We wanted to be at the memorial but were super nervous to fly with Charlee. We decided to go for it, because we figured it would be hard but we could handle it! We booked two tickets in economy and added Charlee as a lap infant. We also made sure to book the first seat on the plane because we wanted a little extra room in front for Charlee to crawl or hang out if she wanted to get out of our arms. When we got to the airport however, there was an option to upgrade to first class at a SUPER cheap rate so we bought the tickets and oh my gosh it was a magical experience lol! We may or may not have screwed ourselves because now that I’ve gone first class back and forth I am spoiled! That isn’t going to be a common occurrence at all, to say the least!
Anyways, despite having first class seats I still learned a few helpful tricks that I wanted to share for a long flight with baby:
- Bring two light blankets. One for laying on the ground in front of you and one for placing over you and baby for nap time. Charlee can get distracted very easily so I have found that nap time on flights is tough. I always put a blanket on top of her and I and rock her back and forth. This way she can’t see anything but me. I swear it works like a charm! She is usually out within two minutes when I do this! The second blanket is to place on the ground in front of you. It helps with germs, although I’m not sure how much ha! 🙂
- Don’t bring too many toys. I like to bring 2-3 toys and rotate them so Charlee doesn’t get overwhelmed or bored. These are some good airplane toys for 6-10 month olds that don’t take up too much space: Noggin stick, banana toothbrush, Sophie the Giraffe. To be honest though, Charlee loves to play with water bottles and the safety print outs on flights ha!
- Try and keep your baby from napping until after take off. I used to try and get Charlee to nap before the flight because I didn’t want her to be cranky and overtired, but then she didn’t sleep much on flights so it was a bit more work for Momma! Now I keep her up so that she is super tired by the time we take off. This always ensures she gets at least one nap! She took 2 naps on both legs of our flight. One 45 min and an hour long nap.
- Let your baby crawl and get energy out at the airport before the long flight. I used to be a germaphobe with Charlee but then I got over it! Now, I let her crawl all over the floor and tire herself out. This helps her be more tired once we board.
- Eat an enormous meal before the flight and pack snacks for yourself. I was traveling with Matt so we were able to take turns eating lunch. That said, we made sure to eat before the flight because it is rare that your baby (at Charlee’s age anyway) will sit still long enough for you to down a meal. Also, you can really be hands free and eat, so try and eat a big meal before to offset hunger if you are flying without a partner.
- Pack wireless headphones! This one has been a game-changer not only on flights, but in life. Having wireless headphones was great for me. I was able to listen to an audio book while Charlee slept in my arms and I didn’t have to worry about holding my phone at the same time or dealing with the cord getting in Charlee’s way. This also helps in life when you want to be hands free and talk on the phone. I love the apple air pods!
- Remember, you can do this! No matter what, the flight is temporary. You won’t be stuck up in the air forever and you and your baby will be fine! Repeating that to myself before we left really helped. Then of course it was much easier than I expected!
That’s about it folks! All my other traveling tips wth baby can be found in this blog post!