guest post: Jen from Jenloveskev
August 16, 2011, 2:28 pm
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Jen Lula is a bit of celeb around these parts. She’s a well known fashion blogger and since the birth of her daughter has become a fixture in the Mama blogging scene. Currently she calls NY home but it wasn’t long ago she hailed from Massachusetts and us Bostonians are lucky to get a glimpse of her every once in a while. She has done wonderful things in the local community with the Swapaholics and it’s my belief that her blog is so popular because she is honest, sweet, and very real. With Jen what you see is what you get and we here at Monkey & The Bug just adore her for it. Be sure to read more from Jen HERE.

The Lula clan are serious traveling experts! Jen  has traveled extensively with her lil gal, Rowan. I’ll let her tell you all about it…

Hi Everyone! It’s Jen from Jenloveskev. Hope you are all having a great day! I am honored to share some travel tips with you guys today. It seems like we’ve traveled a lot in these past 10 months since Rowan was born. We’ve taken her to Canada, Florida twice, Georgia, Maine, Boston (of course) and we drive around A LOT.
The first time we got on a plane with her I was a nervous wreck. It made for a terrible flight because I was so tense. I learned a lot that trip. Here are some things that helped me:

1. Stay Calm! The baby might cry, but if you stay calm things won’t seem so bad. I really feel like babies feed off our energy, so if you are calm it will help relax them.  Don’t worry about everyone else on the plane. At worst they have to listen to a crying baby. Don’t let that be an added stress.
2. Be flexible! Being away from home, will never be the same as being at home. The faster you can adapt to new things and schedules while you are away, the easier it will be on baby. Trying to force them into new situations never works, go with the flow!
3. Bring a sling! (or other baby carrier). Being hands free in the airport is a must! You will have so much other crap to lug around, it’s nice to know the baby is strapped securely to you; especially when you are traveling alone.
4. Have Fun! Try not to let the stress of traveling and being away take away from just that, being away. Enjoy your vacation. If you forgot something I am sure there is a Target nearby to go replace it. Enjoy your little one and the adventure of sharing something new with them!
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