British Airways Bassinets

British Airways has been known for being family friendly. The fact that they partnered with BRITAX to offer car seats on board is a step in the right direction.

I had heard that they also offered Bassinets for infants but thought they might be somewhat of a ‘family travel myth’. Finally, a picture of them…

 One of the bloggers over at www.daddytypes.com used them for his twins on a recent flight overseas. Looks so comfortable!

Here is the official info from British Airways:
British Airways has a limited number of Britax infant seats which can be requested in advance. 

  • Ideal for ages from 6 months to 2 years, but can also be used from birth.
  • Adjustable to a variety of positions from horizontal to vertical.
  • Available for infants who weigh a maximum of 13kgs/29lbs.
  • Available on all longhaul flights, except in First Class on Boeing 777/767 aircraft where only carrycots are available. 
    For aircraft take-off and landing and in times of turbulence, infants have to be seated on their parent’s lap using the infant seat belts we provide.

Breastpumps & Travel

I have been giving this one a lot of thought…My babies were always with me when I travelled. I was a devoted MEDELA breastpump user so I could express milk anywhere I went.

But, there can definitely be some logistical challenges when it comes to pumping your breastmilk at the airport or even on a long haul flight. Vehicle adapters, battery packs, cooler bags- it can be a lot of gear!

I have talked to other moms though who travel without their children and bring a breastpump with them to keep up their supply or to store the milk and bring it home with them (what a great gift to bring home from your travels!)

One of my favorite bloggers has a great article on the subject of Breastpumping and Travel. Check it out http://www.deliciousbaby.com/travel/family-travel-tips/special-considerations/breastfeeding/

I also love the idea of wearing the Easy Expression nursing bra under your shirt so you can be ‘hands free’ if you need to be! http://www.tinygem.ca/baby-feeding-supplies.shtml

Travel Alberta- Last Minute Special!

Have you been to Travel Alberta’s website lately? They post some great Calgary and Banff travel specials from hotels, spas and One Tiny Suitcase!

For the next two weeks we are offering a special rental offer to Travel Alberta Holiday Card holders:

50% off Infant & Toddler Car Seat Rentals

That means you could rent the BRITAX Marathon car seat for $5/day or the Eddie Bauer seat for $4/day.

 While supplies last, minimum rental fee applies, delivery and taxes are extra.

Use our convenient Calgary Airport Drop off and Pick up service or have a car seat waiting at your Car Rental Agency.

We are Calgary’s premier baby equipment rental company with the largest selection of rentals.

Visit our website www.onetinysuitcase.ca and Travel Alberta’s site www.travelalberta.com

 

Zen and the Art of Travelling with Twins

I loved the title of this article. Traveling with Multiples is quite an accomplishment (especially when they are really little) but the benefits of getting  your kids accustomed to travel early on are great.

The author of this article, Sherry Pardy shares some great tips for Car Travel Trips Twin Travelwith young twins.

The struggle I have with my twins is whether or not to put their car seats right next to each other (helps with passing toys, watching movies, etc.) or keep a reasonable buffer between their seats (to avoid, hitting, pulling, taunting, etc.).

Sherry’s article is on a site called Type-A Mom. www.typeamom.com Very entertaining and informative!

DadLabs: Taking back Paternity

Hello stay at home Dads! My husband was in your group (for 6 months anyways) and it was an invaluable experience, for both of us. There are more and more websites geared at dad’s who are at home working as domestic engineers.

Enter the world of DadLabs! This site describes itself as, “An edgy, fun and informative place for dads and the women who tolerate and/or love them. Humorous tips and advice from dads on parenting, fatherhood, children, and coping with wives and mothers. Tune in as the Dads tackle the issues of today: from breast feeding in public to head lice to poop in the tub.”

This site looks like a cross between Tool Time and the Mom Show.

Everyone has a road trip story they are just dying to share. Check out these stories of family travel (road trip video) http://dadlabscrib.ning.com/video/video/show?id=1974367%3AVideo%3A5212

Calgary Baby Show #425

Come and visit One Tiny Suitcase at booth #425 at the Calgary Baby Show this weekend (September 13 & 14). We will have some great information on our Travel Rentals, MEDELA breastpump rentals and Fetal Doppler Rentals. Be there early to receive some free samples from our suppliers.  

Be one of the first two people on each day of the show to visit us at the booth and mention you read this blog. You will receive a free ONE TINY SUITCASE travel kit (as seen on CityTV’s Breakfast Television show, $39 value). Just tell us what your favorite blog post has been! (only two travel kits given away each day of the show).

www.onetinysuitcase.ca

BabyTV?

No, no it is not 24 hours of streaming Baby Einstein movies.

I recently got introduced to www.babytv.com. Who knew there was a whole TV channel (or at least an Internet-based television network) with everything baby?

The site has compiled some great articles on Family Travel (by air, by car…even by boat). Check out http://www.babytv.com/articles/Hit-the-Road-Family-Travel-Tips.aspx?terms=travel I really liked their videos (a bit salesy but great quality) from the ABC Kids Expo. Hopefully they will be there again this week when the show kicks off in Vegas!

Mompreneur on BT Calgary

This morning Kathryn Bechtold from the Mompreneur Networking Group and publisher of a national Magazine, was on Calgary’s Breakfast Television. She was on promoting the Calgary Baby Show this weekend at the round up center and featuring some Mompreneur products and services.

Thank you Kathryn for highlighting One Tiny Suitcase, Calgary’s premier baby equipment rental company. We will be exhibiting at the show this weekend and I will be participating in the Mompreneur Panel Saturday afternoon to talk about running a business while raising my twins.

Check out the Mompreneur Magazine and Calgary Baby Show!The Mompreneur Magazine
www.themompreneur.com

www.calgarybabyshow.ca

Yummy Mummy Travellers

I was recently having a conversation with some of my yummy mummy friends about trips they had taken over the summer with their babies. We were swapping stories about what worked, what didn’t, and of course what new products were out there to make it all easier!

One of the favorites that we all agreed on was the Hook Chair. I swear by the Zooper’s and they both used the Inglesina. There are a bunch of these chairs out on the market right now and they make eating ‘on the road’ so much easier.

A light weight, fold able, soft seat that hooks on to most tables and eating bars. One of the moms even said she prefers using it to a high chair because it allows her baby to sit close to everyone and be a part of the ‘dinner table’.

All I can say is Ebay-it! www.ebay.ca

A Gem at the Calgary Baby Show

Visit us at the Calgary Baby Show (www.calgarybabyshow.ca) September 13 & 14 at the Round-up Center! This show is full of great exhibitors but one of my favorites has to be Tiny Gem.

Tiny Gem is a online shop based in Calgary that carries the latest and greatest products for your family. Not only is the owner a mother of 3 and a cloth diapering expert, her shop carries some of the best products for travelling families. My personal favorite is the Snack and Play Travel Tray.

http://www.tinygem.ca/on-the-go-baby-products.shtml

This handy device has saved me on many road trips with my twins!