Here is a list of our favorite baby things that were helpful on our recent trip to Hawaii.
1) Fisher Price backpack diaper bag
This bag is perfect for running through an airport (or anywhere!) and fits perfectly under the seat! The wipes case on the outside of the bag is helpful for quick diaper changes on the go. There is PLENTY of space for all necessary baby items! We LOVE this bag! And it is husband friendly =)
2) OXO travel drying rack with bottle brush
It’s pretty self explanatory, but this rack folds up compactly and fits nicely in any bag.
3) Maya Wrap ring sling
I have been using this wrap since we adopted Jenson, so I don’t know why I didn’t include it in my first “Favorite Things” post. I LOVE this wrap! It is very adjustable so that you get a sung fit every time and the pocket is helpful for carrying a few small essentials. I have this pretty rainbow one which is a great functional accessary to any outfit! I also have it in green. I will say, all the weight is on one shoulder so it isn’t ideal for all day baby wearing and obviously the bigger the baby the heavier the weight 😉
4) Boba baby carrier
We LOVE this carrier! It is very similar to the Ergo, if you are familiar with that, but has a few different features that made me pick this one over the Ergo. The big thing that is different is the Boba is less bulky so it is ideal for smaller body frames. It is easy to sit while wearing it too. We used this every day on our trip! Jenson liked it too… he fell asleep every time he was in it!
5) Tommee Tippee bib
This isn’t really a travel item but it is a favorite and we used them on our trip so I share them here 😉
6) Infantino stay cool bottle bag
This bag is great! We packed 6 frozen bags of breast milk in it and after 12 hours of traveling they were still frozen in the middle when we arrived in Hawaii. It’s cute too!
There are a few items we wish that we had with us:
Our infant carseat and possibly a snap and go type stroller.
We didn’t take our carseat or stroller because we wanted to travel as “light” as possible even with a baby! And we also didn’t want them to get beat up during the travel process. We planned to just carry Jenson in the carriers we had and use an infant carseat provided by our rental car company. Well the carseat we were given was stinky and dirty as well as HUGE and unsafe for Jenson. (I made it safer by using hotel towels for head support!) Lesson learned! Won’t do that again! As far as the stroller… our arms and backs got quite the workout carrying Jenson everywhere so a little snap and go kind would have been helpful.
TSA and breast milk:
First I will say that it is going to vary from airport to airport. On our way out we took 6 full bags of frozen breast milk and there was no issue. We also took 8 bottles of thawed breast milk. 2 were 3 oz bottles and the rest were 4 oz bottles. No issues with the 3 oz bottles but the 4 oz bottles had to be put in a machine that used a light to shine through… I guess to make sure there weren’t any explosives in it 😉 On the way home the we took 5 bottles of thawed breast milk only. I made them only 3 oz bottles since we had issues with the 4 oz bottles on the way out. Well it didn’t matter… the agent said we had “a lot” of milk and even though I pointed out that they were only 3 oz bottles she still ran them in the light machine. I find it frustrating that there isn’t any consistency from airport to airport but I’m glad they didn’t have to “dip it.” I did ask about that and they said they don’t do that anyway.
TSA and a baby:
I had no issue with carrying Jenson through security in the Boba. They sent me through the metal detector and swabbed my hands to make sure I didn’t handle explosives and that was it! I was so glad I didn’t have to take him off since he was sleeping.
If you have the option, ALWAYS pick an aisle seat! On our flights out I had a window seat and if Jenson needed to be change or be rocked I had to climb out over people. On the way home I sat on the aisle and it was so nice to get up with him anytime he squeaked or needed a change without bothering people! Much more relaxing for me!!