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What’s In My Toddler’s Carry On Bag for International Travel

July 11, 2013 4 comments

Our trip away is not too far away and packing the suitcases has been the forefront of my mind.

Oh and the carry on bag for the plane. Our trip from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles, USA is 14 1/2 hours long. Plus the time at the gate waiting to get on there. The first time we went long haul it stressed me out, a toddler, in nappies for that long? What do I pack? How much is too much? What if I don’t pack what I need?

Stressful.

This time around it has been a little easier in the planing (hopefully the execution too!) and I did learn so things from our first time.

Firstly it’s great having 4 people travelling. That’s alot of luggage and alot carry on. We are flying Qantas so we can take 4 x 7 kilo bags onboard. (within the specific size). I can also have a ‘personal’ bag as a handbag.

Carry On Bag Toddler for Plane

What I do is have a backpack for the toddler stuff and my stuff. It sits at the bottom of toddler’s feet for easy access, in it I put:

Toddler Nappies for Carry On

  • in one ziplock bag – 4 nappies, wipes, bags, hand santiser, cloth towel
  • in one ziplock bag, as above
  • in one ziplock bag – change of clothes for toddler.

Some things in toddler carry on

  • Toddler’s own drink bottle – handy as normal water bottles are still a little hard for him
  • Kids face and hands wipes
  • Tissues
  • Lollipops for sucking on to help ears pop
  • Headphones – these ones are for the iPad as toddler likes using that as well as the onboard entertainment
  • Other activities – books, sticker book, activity pad, pencil roll, ‘Spot That!’ book
  • Mickey Mouse – he is a member of the family!

Plane Activities for Toddler

I haven’t added my own things yet because well, I am not that organised. I will add for me:

  • travel wallet with required travel documents
  • small purse for credit cards and the like
  • passports
  • pens (as one will always run out and you need to fill out different things as you go)
  • iPad
  • iPad charger
  • novel
  • glasses
  • gluten free snacks and hard lollies (for that ear popping)
  • paracetamol
  • plastic bag (for rubbish)
  • and anything else I think of!

A few notes:

I pack more nappies, wipes and nappy bags in another bag. You will always use more than you think. Always.

I separate some into different ziplock bags for the toddler’s carry on as then when it’s time for a nappy change, I can just pull one ziplock bag out and have all I need.

I also put in a few other things like a laptop, changes of clothes, few toiletries, travel pillows and paracetamol for the kids.

I don’t bother changing them into pj’s. Both boys wear comfy clothes on the plane, with another change in case of accidents. I also take shorts so they can change into them before landing as it is hot in LA!

I put all this into another bag which stays in the overhead.

My older son has his own backpack full of his things.

I am almost positive I have forgotten a few things, I think I’ll add them as I remember.

What is your must take item on board?

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Toddler and Sleep

February 7, 2012 2 comments

My darling Tiniest Man, who is almost 2 1/2 years old, has recently dropped his day nap. We did this because he was taking forever to get to sleep at night so we didn’t put him down for his midday nap. Wouldn’t you know it he was getting to sleep almost straight away at night time.

And they lived happily every after.

Or not. For some strange reason he has started waking in the night. Sometimes he cries. We leave him as experience tells us it is better to leave him as he will settle quicker, plus we know when it is ‘I’m in pain or am sad’ cry. Sometimes he gets out of bed and down the hallway. We pick him and put him back. We do it a la Super Nanny as in the first time out of bed gets a good night from us but any time after that he gets put back without a word. He gets the message pretty quick and back to sleep he goes.

Other times he wakes during the night when we are in bed asleep and he just sits in the hallway. He doesn’t cry, doesn’t call out, he just sits there. I do not know how long for as he never wakes us but on occasion he falls asleep in the hallway and that’s where we find him when we get up. Hubby gets up at 5.30 every morning and sometimes he is sitting in the hallway wide awake!

He is getting no day time nap. Sometimes he gets not enough sleep at night time. So that equals some fun times during the day and the by the time hubby gets home around 6pm I am so ready to handball the kids straight to him and just breathe for 5 minutes.

But that never happens does it? Nope, no time, we both know the kids need feeding, bathing, reading and by the time we do sit down around 7.30 I have the pleasure of my other jobs to do.

That would be blogging and freelance writing. Plus Tuesday nights I co-host the #ausallergy chat on Twitter. (8.30pm Melbourne time every Tuesday night.)

I would love to hear from any of you that have dealt with a wandering awake toddler at night. Sometimes he doesn’t wake us so I have no idea how little sleep he is getting. It is very frustrating as he gets so grumpy during the day. Hopefully it is one of those ‘phases’ and it will stop soon. Hopefully. In the meantime I will continue to grit my teeth and deal with a tired toddler.

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PS – above is a photo of my baby when he was 6 months old. He is lying on me… the only time he really slept was on me so he never was big in the sleeping department. I wish he was – I am a little sick of being tired!

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Toddlers and Tantrums

September 8, 2011 8 comments

A week or so ago I made a comment in my Cherish Your Cherubs: Remember a Special Moment post that I remember that I could talk my eldest son out of a tantrum. I got a few comments asking how I did that so here I am.

My eldest son is now 6 years old. He was the most easy going baby in the world. He fed well, he slept well, he played well. When he was 2 years old I wondered what people meant by ‘terrible two’s’.

Having said that he was no angel. Still liked to test the boundaries but usually gave up after the first ‘no’ or ‘please don’t’ from me. As he got older, I think his confidence grew and he tested the boundaries even more.

I remember one day my hubby and I decided to have a coffee at a local cafe and we got Little Man a baby cino as well. I am not sure what happened but soon he was flinging himself in the pram, he threw things on the ground, he cried, he screamed and was basically cracking it.

I crouched down in front of him and I just spoke quietly to him and he basically stopped, calmed down and on we went with our day.

I think the crouching down to his level worked, not standing over him and yelling at him but crouching down and just explaining in my normal voice that mummy and daddy were sitting down at the table having a coffee and mummy understood that he wanted to get out of the pram but it was safer to keep him in there. We were going to be about 15 minutes and then we were going to walk home. I repeated myself a few times but he did calm down and quite happily stayed in his pram until we got home.

Now it wasn’t all as simple as that, no siree but what it did was gave me the confidence to keep trying it. And I did. Each time I just explained what was happening, that I understood he was frustrated and there were times it didn’t work, these were times that I had to ask myself a few things:

  • was he tired?
  • was he ill?
  • was he hungry?
  • does he want attention?
  • does he need a hug?
  • does he need a nappy change?
  • can I distract him with something else?

if the answers to all those questions were no and I couldn’t talk him out of his tantrum, then I just let him go. I remember this happening a few times. And here is my Mother of the Year moment, I let him go each time. He got sick of it.

I admit, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to deal with it. I have to remind myself to be patient and try and put myself in his shoes. How frustrating would it be for a 2 – 3 year old to know what they want but they cannot get it or communicate it? Very frustrating I’d imagine, plus they have no idea that you are meant to be dealing with their sibling, or getting home to get dinner or do laundry.

This may have been his personality and I just happened to be lucky to know how to deal with him. With my younger son, he is already a different personality to his older brother so the tantrum experience with him is going to be different I think but we shall see how we go.

Do you have any tips with dealing with toddler tantrums?

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A Little Scare I Had with My Youngest Son

May 17, 2011 13 comments

Over a week ago my youngest. who is 21 months, and I went to the Bloggers Brunch that Room 2 Grow and Kids Business put on. They graciously had some baby sitters from Speed Babysitting there so we could have our hands spare to listen to the talk. My Tiniest Man didn’t really like being apart from mummy and was a little tearful so I didn’t get to hear all the talks.

Oh well, that’s all a part of Motherhood isn’t it? We were snacking at the tables and Tiniest Man was having a wonderful time. Or so I thought. I suddenly realised he had too much food in his mouth and he started choking. I was trying to get the food out but he was panicking and he started coughing and coughing and crying and then being silent and going red. Oh man I knew it wasn’t good. I was stressing inside but I just kept working and working and getting the food out and patting him on the back to try and bring the rest up. He was so upset and coughing. Tears coming from those little eyes. 😦

I must admit I was a little surprised we were going unnoticed and noone come over to help. I did think I should just yell out – HELP ME! – but I then thought the time to do that and take my eyes off my son and explain, well I didn’t have that time.

I should say also I am First Aid qualified yet all the knowledge went out the window. I went blank on what to do with a choking toddler. I just knew it was bad if he stopping coughing and turned blue as that meant there was no oxygen.

I just kept patting him on the back, although you aren’t meant to do this when he is coughing as it can dislodge it further down but really, I had no idea what I was doing, I just wanted him to stop! Oh man it was so scary. I was so shaken up.

He did stop. We both calmed down a little, but to me he still didn’t look right. I wanted to give him a drink but I was too scared to give him anything. I did give him a sip of water. He then starting choking again. Oh my poor baby 😦 I patted him the back and by some miracle the bit that was lodged come up and out.

Oh thank goodness. He then was such a happy camper. He stopped crying. And mummy started. I just fell apart. I held him close and just sobbed. Yep right in the middle of all these yapping women and busy kids. There I was holding onto my baby crying my eyes out. My heart was breaking just a bit because I felt it was my fault and I was also a little embarrassed at crying.

I calmed down, cleaned him up (as he had chunks of food everywhere as it come up), changed his top. Then the lovely Kim come over and saw my face and asked whats wrong and I lost it again. I was crying and trying to tell her and the look Tiniest Man had on his face was funny! I guess he doesn’t see me crying like that very often. Kim gave me a hug, told me a story about her son (although I can’t remember it now, sorry Kim!), made me feel better and left me too it.

It was at this point I decided to leave but we needed to do a nappy change first so we got up to do that and gorgeous Kirrily saw me and I told her what had happened. (yes there was still tears) She was lovely and very understanding. I have to admit I felt a bit silly about the whole crying in public thing but I did think to myself that I really should be able to cry in public at a Mummy Blogger event, they are the people that would understand!

Kirrily got us to stay. I then bumped into one of the speakers and also a very lovely lady, Nicole. She asked how I was and I couldn’t say ‘fine’. I tearfully told her as well. She was kind and understanding as well and also had a story to share.

Thankfully after that I was much better and managed to talk to a few more people and enjoy the rest of the morning.

Moral of my story? Watch your toddler eating so they don’t put too much in their mouth. And that other mums have similar stories to tell.

What about you? Has something like this happened to you?

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