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Fall with My Little Guy

Brooklyn, MotherhoodHailey Andresen2 Comments


Last week I swear when we went to bed it was summer and the next morning we woke up to a fall breeze. Just like that the seasons made a switch overnight. We might be going a little overboard since it's just in the sixties, but it feels nice to turn the AC off, open the windows and add an extra layer of clothing. I'm such a sucker for this season. It's in these moments that I think to myself, "Oh, you're such a mom." All I've wanted to do this past week is make pie, drink warm drinks, make our home extra cozy, and go for long walks with Owen to soak up this weather. Last winter I primarily wore Owen since he was just a newborn, and well, it just seemed easier.

Times have definitely changed. Now that he's a year old (and twenty two pounds) I find myself leaning more and more on the stroller for our outings. We cycled through a few before landing on just the right one for our family, but I have to say the Cameleon3 Elements from Bugaboo kind of knocked it out of the park right away for us. The moment I brought it down the stairs and started pushing Owen I might have said to myself out loud (like a crazy person), "This is so nice." Honestly though, it's an incredibly smooth ride for both myself and Owen and has proven to be beneficial as we stroll through the city and the park. The park is the perfect location for a stroll with my new Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements since the designer drew inspiration from nature when designing this stroller. The Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements features a new soft-to-the-touch herringbone fabric on the bassinet, seat and sun canopy, which has a natural-style and unrefined texture.

The small wheels swivel to help you navigate through smaller spaces (hello any NYC market or really any establishment) and the larger wheels make trekking through rougher terrain more efficient. It’s these features that allow us to move freely and allow Owen to explore the world. Bugaboo strollers are an investment and my only regret is that we didn't make the jump to Bugaboo sooner. Bugaboo strollers are designed to carry your little one from the time they're born through their toddler years. Bugaboo turns burdens into blessings through unexpected, yet useful features found in all of their strollers such as the option to have them face forward or out which is a feature we haven't had with any of our previous strollers. Owen likes to see the world so I had him out this particular day. Watching the world through his eyes is just about the greatest thing. My Cameleon³ Elements is definitely the one for me and I’m ready to take it with me everywhere!

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Tips for Packing Smart with a Toddler

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In February I wrote out my top tips for traveling with a newborn, and well, considering Owen is almost a year old, I figured it was time to update and revise these tips both for myself and for any of you who are potentially taking one last trip before the summer ends. I teamed up with Away Luggage to put together this video and our typical checklist for packing smarter not harder, and overall a little lighter - even if that means a checked back. Safe travels! 

1. When traveling alone with your little one always check your bag. I know this sounds contradictory when most of my suggestions involve packing light, but believe me, when you're traveling with a little one, the less you have to cart around the better. 

2. Plan ahead to do laundry rather than over packing. I feel like on our first couple trips I packed EVERYTHING. I now know that laundry can be done in other places ;) and rather than stressing myself (and my back) out, it's easier to just pack what we need and deal with it. 

3. Buy diapers and any other disposable items when you reach your destination. I always just bring what we need for the first day or so and then run to a market or pharmacy. Diapers take up a lot of precious suitcase space and it just really is unnecessary. 

4. Stick to light weight toys and books that you know your little guy or gal will actually play with. It's easy, especially with a baby under one, to want to bring them every little thing you think they may want. Don't! You know the few toys that keep them occupied - stick with those! 

5. Regardless of your suitcase size stick to travel sized toiletries. Once you buy one of those empty packs of travel sized containers and fill it up with your favorites you're set. I continue to fill these up for each trip, which saves me so much money and leaves extra space. 

6. Book an early morning flight. This has been a go to move when traveling since Owen was a newborn. The early mornings are the best. We will typically leave the house when Owen is till sleeping so I'll wake him, nurse him, put him in the car, and he will normally fall back asleep on the ride to the airport and through security. He tends to wake up sometime around boarding, and I just make sure to nurse him during take off, and for whatever reason he usually sleeps fairly easy on the plane. 

7. Dress comfortably. Seems simple, but when you're traveling with a kid (especially if you're alone) comfort is key. Make sure if you're using a baby carrier that your clothing underneath makes using the restroom and breastfeeding (if applicable) easy, and that you're not too warm. I prefer to layer over the carrier if necessary, rather than under.

8. Use a baby carrier rather than a stroller. I used my Solly Baby Wrap until Owen was 25 lbs. and the Beco up to 35 lbs. I have yet to carry/roll a stroller through security and onto a plane, so maybe I'm biased, but we've had the greatest luck with carriers. 

9. Arrive early so that there's ample time to grab a cup of coffee, find your gate, and make a quick diaper change before boarding. 

10. Take a car service to the airport and borrow a car seat wherever you're heading. The less bulk you have to deal with at the airport the better! 

Videography by Amy Frances Photography

Music by Golden Groves

Sponsored by Away Luggage