Baby got backpack
|Me and Yasmine, en cyclo, Hanoi. PIC: Belinda Jackson|
|Hitching a ride ... Vietnam-style. Photo: Getty|
- The Baby Jogger City Mini pram pulls shut with one hand and weighs just eight kilograms. Infants can be tucked in and carried on with the excellent Phil & Ted's Explorer cocoon and I truck Yasmine around in an Ergobaby carrier.
- Essential packing items: a dummy cord that connects pacifier to progeny; and a large scarf for modest breastfeeding that doubles as a handy wrap during cold flights, emergency towel, sunshade ...
- Feeding the baby (bottle, breast, snacks) on takeoff and landing helps their ears "pop". Sucking on a dummy also helps.
- Baby food tubes (Rafferty's Garden, Heinz and so on) are unsmashable and give kids a taste of home, such as spag bol. Squirt over rice or pasta for a bigger meal.
- Pack a toy bag with snacks, short colouring-in pencils, books and toys. Some airlines rent out iPads loaded with kids' games and movies for about $10.