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Tips for Flying with a Toddler

Looking for tips for flying with a toddler? I’ve got plenty! I have been flying with all the kids since they were infants. Avery is now four and Ilius is nine. Recently, I flew alone with all three kids to Orlando in October so I’ve got lots of tips for flying with a toddler.

Picking the Best Flight When Flying With a Toddler

The best flight when flying with a toddler is one without layovers! The last thing you want to do is having to go on multiple flights and run all around the airport to make it to another flight.

You’ll also want to book a flight around your toddler’s nap/sleep schedules. For example, in March we are flying to Amsterdam at 1 AM. Not an ideal time but it works because they will be able to sleep throughout the flight.  This also takes into consideration the travel time to/from the airport.

I use Kayak.com to compare all flights to find the best flight.

Prepping for Your International Flight With a Toddler

We booked our flight with Norweigan and we are able to check-in Avery’s stroller at the gate with no charge. You may want to check if your airline does this too, if not there may be a fee to check-in the stroller.

I’m excited I get to bring a stroller for Avery at no charge. We have had this stroller since Avery was 7 months. You will love how it is super durable and how easily you can fold/open the stroller. This stroller will be checked in when we check-in our bags, not at the gate.

I don’t recommend bringing a nice stroller to the gate because it can get banged up and then you’ll have to file a claim if something happens to it. If you are checking in a nicer stroller make sure to put it in a carrying case. 

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Toddler Carry-On Bag

When traveling with a toddler, most flights you can bring a personal carry-on with no charge. In Avery’s carry-on bag she will have her dolls, tablet with headphones, some workbooks, and this fun coloring book. Two sets of clothes to change into (just in case) an empty water bottle and snacks. It is best to bring a light blanket too because it gets cold inside the airplane.

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Dressing Your Toddler

Avery, 4 flying to Orlando from Connecticut

Since you are traveling with a toddler you want them to be comfortable. Our flight is 8 hours to Amsterdam so Avery will be wearing a hoodie, sweat pants and sneakers. You want your toddler to wear sneakers they can easily slide off in case they might need to take them off at the Security checkpoint. If we were flying in the Summer I would have had her put on sandals. 

Packing Snacks for Your International Flight With a Toddler

Bring enough snacks when traveling with a toddler. Our flight is 8 hours long and we do have to get to the airport about 2-3 hours prior. You will want to have enough snacks while they wait to board and also for the flight. If you are flying to an unfamiliar country and your child loves a certain snack I would definitely bring as much as I can, even in your check-in bag.

When Avery was 2 years old we packed milk for her in a bottle. You are allowed to bring milk for infants/toddlers. I don’t think I’ll pack milk for her but I will be bringing her Contigo water bottle to refill with water at the water fountains.

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Snacks at the airport and on the plane can be pricey so be sure to pack what your child loves! You will also have to consider the time of the flight when traveling with your toddler if it’s during their meals. Avery loves Motts Fruit Snacks and Goldfishes, but what kid doesn’t?

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Getting Through the Airport With Your Toddler

You and your toddler will have to go through the security checkpoint. You’ll have to take off your shoes and jackets etc. They’ll have you take out electronics and place them in a separate bin. If you brought breastmilk, formula and/or milk take it out and place it in a separate tray because you’ll be pulled aside for them to test it. Security checkpoints can be stressful especially if you have a lot of carry-on items.

Dealing With a Toddler at the Airport

Bring your charger in your carry-on bag! There usually are outlets all over the airport. Since you know that you have some time to wait prior to the flight you’ll want to make sure your toddler is not bored. If you have Netflix you can download movies to view offline. 

Boarding the Airplane With a Toddler

If you brought your stroller for your toddler then you’ll have to tell the agent so that they can give you a ticket. Most airlines will let you board earlier since you are traveling with a toddler and may need additional assistance.

If you need to change your toddler the bathrooms inside the airplane have a pull-down changing table. If you are traveling with multiple kids know that they would not allow more than three people inside the bathroom. (When I flew to Orlando, I had to bring Avery to the restroom and had Adonis (3 months old) in my arm and they would not allow all of us in together. I was traveling alone and the Stewardess was kind enough to hold him while I helped Avery.)

Keeping Your Toddler Entertained on an International Flight

When traveling with a toddler they can get bored easily. If you are bringing a tablet, have all the apps they love and movies for them. Make sure to pack headphones so they can use them on their tablets to hear. Some flights even play free movies to watch. This also helps avoid buying a cheap headset on the flight. 

Protecting Your Toddler’s Ears During Takeoff and Landing

If your child uses a pacifier have them use it while taking off and landing. The sucking motion of pacifier will help prevent their ears from popping.

Did our tips on traveling with toddlers help you at all? Or do you have any travel tips with toddlers you can share with me? Please comment below or DM me on Instagram with your own experience traveling with your toddler!

How to Treat Baby Eczema: Our Personal Journey

I started looking up how to treat baby eczema when I noticed my baby’s skin getting flaky when he was one month old. It got much worse before it got better. Now he’s five months old and his skin is getting healthier again. Here’s exactly how to treat baby eczema based on our own journey, which includes the baby eczema causes, natural remedies and the best eczema cream for babies.

Adonis’ Baby Eczema Symptoms Journey

I started noticing Adonis’ skin was not like my other two kids. At around one to one and a half months, his eyebrows were crusty/flaky so was behind his ears, to the point I thought I was a bad mother by not cleaning behind his ear properly when bathing him. (I know I know!! LOL) 

At Adonis’ two month check up, I brought him to the doctor. She brushed off his symptoms and said he had sensitive skin. She said that cradle cap can also appear behind his ears and eyebrows. Who knew this was even a thing! This was all new to me. She just said to keep up with what I was doing by lathering Aquaphor and Aveeno Soothing Relief Moisturizing Cream on the dry areas.

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When Adonis was three months old, he caught a cold. About a week into his cold, I saw the red patches on his stomach spreading. I really didn’t think anything of it and just kept putting aquaphor on it since Adonis seemed to be in good spirits and still jolly as ever!

However, I noticed he started having red patches around his cheek and eyebrow and that his skin would flare up in the evening even more so I went back to the doctor again. This time, she said his skin was reacting to the cold/virus leaving his body or that it could be really dry from the weather. We left the doctor’s office with a prescription for hydrocortisone.

By the time Adonis’ four month check-up came around, he had eczema all over his face and body. At this point, I asked the doctor about a possible milk intolerance in his formula, which is when we started seeing Adonis’ baby eczema get better

At five months old, we are still trying out new formulas for Adonis but his skin looks much better. It’s dry and flaky, no longer red and patchy!

Temporary Methods for Baby Eczema Relief

Over the past few months, we tried a few ways to treat baby eczema. These were all temporary as they didn’t treat the root cause and more so put a temporary bandaid on the problem. Nonetheless, these methods can give you baby eczema relief so is good to use in combination with treating the root cause of baby eczema.

When we first noticed Adonis’ baby eczema symptoms at one month, we used Aquaphor and Aveeno Oatmeal cream on his dry patches including behind his ear and his eyebrows.

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Since at two months, he wasn’t getting better. We tried a ton of different methods. I asked my friends what were natural remedies on treating baby eczema. They had suggested giving breast milk and oatmeal baths, applying olive oil on the baby’s scalp and combing through for the cradle cap.

The olive oil didn’t work because the cradle cap just kept coming back, but the breast milk bath did soothe his skin for a bit. However, within a few hours, Adonis’ skin would become dry and flaky again.

At this point, we stopped using Johnson & Johnson body wash since that naturally can make baby skin dry. We switched to Hones Company Eczema Soothing Therapy Wash, which seemed to be more gentle on his skin.

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At four months, we got prescribed two different ointments. The first ointment was Hydrocortisone 2.5% which we applied twice daily for a week. The second ointment was Desonide 0.05%, which we applied twice daily for a week and twice weekly for 4 weeks. The doctor also suggested applying the Desonide on the patches of cradle cap on his head.

How to Treat Baby Eczema Permanently

Like I mentioned above, all the creams and oils we used on Adonis were just to give him baby eczema relief. It didn’t treat the root cause of the problem so while we minimized his symptoms, we kept trying to find natural remedies for baby eczema that would clear up his problem for good.

We heard that some babies can have cow’s milk protein intolerance (CMPI) so at Adonis’ four month check-up, we pushed the doctor to focus on his formula and not brush off his symptoms anymore. She switched Adonis’ formula to Simliac Alimentum from Simliac Pro Advance.

We switched to Alimentum and did not notice a change in his skin but his spit ups decreased and were not so chunky. Now they were watery. The formula also smelled disgusting like dry cat food, which we were already warned by our doctors that it would not smell great.

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*This didn’t work for us so it may or may not work for you.
Each baby eczema case is different!
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After two weeks with no change in Adonis’ baby eczema, we realized that although Alimentum doesn’t have Lactose, a milk protein, it still has Casein, another milk protein so we switched to Simliac Soy Isomil.

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*This has been the best formula for Adonis’ baby eczema
but each baby is different so it may or may not work for you!
Ask your doctor before switching formula.

After switching to soy,  Adonis spit up has reduced and his skin seems a lot better. Adonis has not had any flare ups on his chest, and overall, his skin is not as red.

We noticed he does get red patches on his cheeks depending on the weather. Babies tend to also get eczema in the cold, dry weather so we believe that the permanent solution to Adonis’ baby eczema is finding the right formula for him and sleeping with a humidifier at night time.

Best Formula for Baby with Eczema

If you’re trying to treat your baby’s eczema by changing up his formula, here are some highly rated formulas based on your baby’s food intolerance or allergy:

Getting Formula Covered by Health Insurance

Baby formula for those with milk and soy intolerance can get expensive. As a result, our doctor told us that we could possibly get it covered by health insurance! She wrote out a prescription to inform the insurance company that he had eczema and low tolerance to milk proteins.

Afterward, we reached out to the insurance company to see if they are able to cover the formula cost. We’ll cover this process in another post when we hear back from them!

The Baby Eczema Treatment That Works for Adonis

Right now the best combination of treatments that works for Adonis is drinking soy formula and applying the Desonide. His skin is really dry but it looks almost clear and much better than it did a couple of months ago!

However, the soy formula has been making him constipated so in a few days, we may switch to a completely hypoallergenic formula such as Nutragimen, Puramino or Neocate.

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*We want to switch to this. We have not tried it yet.
Each baby eczema case is different
so ask your doctor before switching formula.

In addition to the soy formula and Desonide, I use only dye-free and chemical free soaps. I stopped using Johnson and Johnson baby wash since it dried up Adonis’ skin. Now I use Honest Baby Ezcema body wash and Honest Shampoo & Body wash for his hair.

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Did Adonis’ journey on how to treat baby eczema help you with your own baby? Or do you have any baby eczema tips for me? Please comment below or DM me on Instagram with your own baby eczema experience!

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Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Decor for Under $25!

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With Thanksgiving creeping right around the corner, are you really ready? Whether you’re hosting or just want to add some festive decorations, here are budget friendly Thanksgiving decor for under $25!

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This is the easiest way to decorate a dining table. Just throw the burlap table runner across your dining table and start decorating.

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This black & white table runner is cute and oh so effortless. Other colors are available and you can use this table runner throughout the holidays.

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These frames are all about simple elegant wood farm house wall decor.

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This cushion cover set has a 5% discount available with many other designs to choose from. Super cute for yourself or gift to family!

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What’s a better way to have your home smelling like you’ve been baking all day? Grab this candle for a limited time price.

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Snag this elegant 120 piece tableware set! Rose gold plastic tableware includes 24 dinner plates, 24 salad plates, 24 forks, 24 knives and 24 spoons.

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The signs says it all! Galvanized metal thankful sign to add to your wall.

Mason Jar Sconce with 6hr timer

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Add this extra rustic touch to make your home warm and welcoming to your loved ones. This Mason Jar Sconce set even has a 6 hour timer so you can set and forget!


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14 Cheap Kids Halloween Costumes Under $20

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Finding cheap kids Halloween costumes under $20 does not have to be hard! In fact, despite Halloween being around the corner, you can find really fun costumes for kids without breaking the bank.

Here are 14 awesome cheap Halloween costumes that your child will love!

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Be a superhero for the night with this mask and cape set. Click through to see the different superheros you can choose from.

Pumpkin

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This cheap Halloween costume for kids is a classic and embodies Halloween itself!

Bat

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Be a creature of the night with this bat winged costume.

Doctor

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Dream big by being a doctor for the night!

Charizard

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For Pokemon lovers, this officially license Charizard costume will get you ready for a Pokemon battle!


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Black Panther

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Be one of the latest and greatest Avengers character, Black Panther.

Cowboy

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Explore the Wild Wild West as a cowboy.

Rocket Racoon

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Fight the bad guys of the universe with this Rocket Racoon costume from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Princess

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Be the bell of the ball with this beautiful princess dress!

Unicorn – Various Colors

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You’ll shine like the rainbow with this easy-to-wear over any outfit rainbow Unicorn outfit! Click through to see all the different colors it comes in!

Jessie from Toy Story

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Have fun with Woody and Buzz by being Jessie, the cow girl, from Toy Story!

Animal Tutu – Multiple Choices

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This is a beautiful costume for girls who love animals! There are about 30 different animals you can choose from such as zebra, frog, kangaroo, bear and so much more.

Combine the love of animals with a twirling ballerina skirt!

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Minnie Mouse

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This is a classic costume that never gets old year after year. Live your Disney dreams by dressing up as sweet Minnie Mouse.


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How to Get an Amazon Prime Membership Discount

Did you know you can get an Amazon Prime membership discount if you have an EBT or Medicaid card? This discount is huge!

On a yearly basis, this Amazon Prime membership discount can save you a good amount of money while giving you the great benefits of a normal Amazon Prime membership.


Benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership

An Amazon Prime membership is great to have mainly because of the fast, FREE two-day shipping. That’s free shipping on over 50 million items, which may be the same price or even cheaper than what you would get in stores!

Some other awesome benefits of an Amazon Prime membership are:

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One of the best benefits of an Amazon Prime membership is the great deals that they have just for Amazon Prime members. They have Lighting Deals daily or epic savings on Amazon Prime day.

You’ll have early access to these deals as an Amazon Prime member, and some of these deals may only be available to Amazon Prime members.

Note: The only benefit not included in your discounted Amazon Prime membership is Household Sharing, which means you won’t be able to add other family members to your account!

How to Get the Amazon Prime Membership Discount

To get this highly discounted Amazon Prime membership, you need have an EBT or Medicaid card.

If you have an EBT card (because of government assistance programs such as  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or Medicaid card, head to www.amazon.com/qualify to see if you’ll qualify for this discounted price.

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If you don’t have an EBT or Medicaid card, you can see other membership options here.

If you are a student, then you also get a discount! Here’s where you can sign up for a student membership.

How Anyone Can Get a Free 30-Day Trial Membership

Either way, EBT card or not, you can get a free 30-day trial membership with Amazon and get all its benefits in that month!

Important! If you don’t plan on using your Amazon membership for the whole year, add a calendar event on your phone to remind you when to cancel so you don’t pay the yearly membership.

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