If I put any sentence to go before “with a toddler”, for example “going to the beach with a toddler” or “watching a movie with a toddler”, or something as simple as “eating vegetables with a toddler” it will send parents a slight chill down their spine. Just kidding. But sometimes they do pose a lot of challenge for their parents, depending on their mood, personality or how hungry and tired they are at that moment.
We have been lucky enough to have travelled a little bit with Aurora the last two years. Her first ever flight was when she was just 7 weeks old, Melbourne – Singapore – Jakarta. I had read numerous amounts of blogs before that particular flight. They all tell you how horrible it is to travel with babies, that we should just wait will they’re older blah blah blah. Some blogs show parents how to make a small goody bags for their fellow passenger, usually consisting of earplugs, chocolate and a small note saying to forgive them if the baby gets too loud. I actually planned to do this but I thought it would be a little tacky; the passengers in business class would not fully appreciate it.
My mind kept going over and over in details on how each step of the process will be different compared to “babyless” travel. I kept practicing getting her in and out of her baby carrier, breastfeeding under the cover, and all the small stuff that might come in handy during our flight. Turns out she slept through most of the flight like a little angel baby, better than ever before. The white noise must have done it for her.
Fast forward a couple of months later, we travelled to Bali, Japan, Singapore, Melbourne (we were living in Jakarta then). Aurora was around 18 months when we took her to Mauritius. I also travelled solo with her when she was almost two, from Melbourne to Singapore, to visit Puffy who was in quarantine as he was migrating to Australia. The flight went surprisingly well. Getting luggages from the carousel was a challenge. But you know what was hard? Her terrible twos had started. She was 2 weeks shy of her second birthday but boy oh boyyy, will she not listen to me! Whatever it is I forbid , she will do it just to test my temper. Terrible twos are not fun.
We recently travelled back to Jakarta and Singapore and we noticed that she absolutely loves traveling on the airplane. You know why? In flight entertainment of course. She would watch for hours then nap for a little, wake up and have her meal. She would keep asking to go back on the airplane even when our trip has ended.
With our upcoming travel this year, we know what’s going to happen and what we need to bring. So here are a few tips and trick in what to put in your diaper bag
1. Lots of entertainment
When Aurora was younger and have not yet understood the concept of books, I used to bring colourful bandaids or mini post-it tabs to keep her entertained and stay seated at least when the seat belt sign is on. Recently, I brought her favourite Peppa magazine or sticker books. I bought her an airport themed one sometime ago from Book Depository. Seemed very suiting and she loves understanding how airport works, especially when she didn’t understand why her bunny had to go to in the Xray. First sticker book Airport
2. Snack snack snack
Aurora is obsessed with snacks. So I bring a variety of snack, knowing that she will get bored of a single one fairly quickly. I always go for healthy ones. I don’t really bring fresh fruits not vegetables since it can go bad pretty quickly, and can get quite messy. Here are some of her favourites and you can easily find them at your local Coles or Woollies.
3. Baby Carrier
I will never travel without a baby carrier. Our most recent trip, not-so-baby Aurora is already 2.5 years old I still use of it. I tend to carry her in and out of the airplane because she’s usually asleep. It just gives me freedom to use for both arms. I’m definitely bringing a lightweight one (BobaAir) for our Korea trip.
4. Baby wipes, diapers, spare clothing
I cannot stress how important baby wipes are for me. Cleaning up food messes, wiping dirty food court tables, sticky fingers and of course diaper changes. I cannot live without baby wipes. In regards to diapers, depending on how long the trip is, divide it every 2 hours. For e.g, if it’s an 8 hour flight I’ll bring 4 diapers plus one just in case. Ideally, when Aurora was younger, I’ll change her every 2 hours and always right before we board the plane just to make her comfortable, nice and clean. But sometimes she just gets changed twice within the 8 hour trip. But it’s always good to bring some spare just in case the flight gets delayed or your luggage gets lost. Now I will take one spare underwear (Aurora is fully potty trained) and one to two diapers.
5. Hand Sanitiser
According to the article below, airport germs are not in the toilet.
It turns out that while the tray table and seat belt buckle on the plane house a small fraction of the number of germs found on other surfaces, the vast majority of them fall into categories that are most harmful.
So the lesson, it seems, is to maybe skip the self-service kiosks if you can. But most important is just to be sure and carry hand sanitizer with you on your next journey.
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6. Other essentials not in the diaper bag
List of other items in Aurora’s luggage
Thermometer, paracetamol, hair comb, shampoo and soap, towel, nail clippers, socks, extra wet wipes, PJ’s (plus extra for incidents), travel stroller, blankets, insect repellent, sunscreen, jackets, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair clips and hair ties, cotton buds and vitamin D.
So happy traveling! Take lots of pictures and videos and remember to always enjoy the little moments, even if it’s a negative one because it will be a cute story to tell when they’re older.