Happy new year everyone! We’re home! After two weeks under the golden Caribbean sun, our little family is back in New York. I apologize for my absence but I’m sure you can understand how important it was for us to disconnect, relax, and unwind. We had a long 6 months!
In these two short weeks, our baby boy learned to roll from back to front, was introduced to solids (banana is his favorite), and grew two bottom teeth! *Proud Mama*
First and foremost, I think we deserve a pat on the back: we survived. The international flight, chaotic airport security and customs, the time difference, adjustment to a new, temporary “home”… It’s safe to say Liam did a good job through all of it. I’d be lying if I said it was always smooth sailing, but it could’ve been a lot worse. A lot, a lot.
On our flight from JFK to Sint Maarten, Liam slept during take off (hallelujah!) and only woke up an hour and forty minutes into our flight. He was a little fussy until we landed, but nothing we couldn’t handle. On our flight home, Liam slept during both take off and landing (hard part was taken care of), but was quite a handful during the bulk of the flight. Joe and I had to keep switching it up to entertain our fidgety, dynamic little boy.
In the end, I can honestly say that we couldn’t have done it without the Flyebaby. This crafty little invention is perfect for babies under 25 lbs and about 28 inches high (Liam just made it height-wise) and they seem to love being strapped in it… As you can see below, Liam had a blast!
We used it mostly on our flight to Saint Martin and were delightfully surprised to see how comfortable Liam looked in it. He spent a good hour in it, looking around, chewing on Sophie the Giraffe 🙂
The Flyebaby can also be used as a highchair on the go — just strap it on a regular chair, and voila! We had a highchair available in Saint Martin and didn’t need it, but we were glad to have the option if needed.
There you go, traveling mamas… some reassurance for your upcoming trips. Traveling with baby is harder on you than it is on baby: the anxiety about what to pack or not pack, waking up at 4am for your flight, the potential crying on the plane, messing up naps and feed times… If there is anything I learned on this trip, it is to just relax! Babies adjust to every situation. In most cases, they may even surprise you.
My tip: Just plan ahead (toys, teethers, teething gel, pacifiers, blankets, flyebaby), be organized, and don’t expect to be able to watch a movie on the plane… It’ll be all about baby! But when is it not? Let’s face it… we’re used to it 😉