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Smarty Pants Product of the Week - Baby B'Air Flight Vest

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Smarty Pants Product of the Week - Baby B'Air Flight Vest

Baby B'Air Flight Vest
Smarty Pants Review
Just about a year ago we took an adventure to visit in laws and friends in NY. My 13 month old at the time traveled on my lap for the 3 hour flight. She was, and very much still is, a squirmy little thing. It was a challenge to get her to chill on my lap. I held her tight, realizing that I was essentially her seat belt - if I only had a Baby B'Air Flight Vest!

The Baby B'Air Flight Vest provides the exact security and safety every infant and toddler deserves! The munchkin wears it just like a vest. Straps secure the vest to the little one and then mom's seat belt slides through a loop in the back. As soon as mom has her own seat belt secure, the little one is secure! Imagine the comfort of knowing that no matter what the turbulence, your precious cargo is safe with you!
Why is it a Smarty Pants of Product? Providing security and safety to a child is one of the most important responsibility of a parent. Baby B'Air Flight Vest does just that for air travel.
Retail Value
$29.95 to $34.95
Smarty Pants Product Giveaway
Product: Baby B'Air Flight Vest
Retail Value: $29.95 to $34.95 (depending on size)
Entry Dates: Today - Sunday, November 2, 2008, 12:00 PM EST
Winner Announcement: Sunday, November 2, 2008 via blog posting and email.
How to Enter: Share a comment on things you've learned about traveling by air with an infant. Other Tiny Details: Product will only be mailed within the 48 continental states. One entry per person. I will contact the winner via e-mail by Monday, November 3, so please be sure I know how to get in touch with you if you win!!! If no contact info is provided it automatically disqualifies your entry. Winner selected by



Blogger mommyjen99 said...

I learned that over 90% of all injuries occur during flight, mainly due to turbulence.

October 27, 2008 at 2:33 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

We're due in Jan, so I've only experienced flying with infants by sitting next to them. But something my mom told me, is one tactic I plan to use: she used to bring 1 item (toy or snack) per hour of flying to keep me entertained. It might cause you to pack a bit more, but having multiple resources to make a happier flight seems like a good idea! laurachilton {at}

October 27, 2008 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Bring snacks and lot so of quite activities like books, coloring books, etc.

Also you cannot get stressed out, kids pick up on that!

October 27, 2008 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

When I travel with my two little ones, I always bring a little backpack for each of them, each with all new toys or activities they have never seen or played with. This way, everything is new and exciting.

October 27, 2008 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger agordon10 said...

I've learned to try and book flights during times my daughter usually naps.

October 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger The Stilwells said...

I found out the hard way that milk in those straw cups pressurize and spew milk all over you and the other passengers.

I've learned a portable DVD player helps but bring headphones as other passengers especially those not kid friendly will complain about the noise.

October 28, 2008 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger mverno said...

from my mother

October 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Lauren S said...

I've learned that nursing during take off and landing really helps relieve pressure in your baby's ears.


October 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger sascha said...

Don't underestimate the amount of diapers you might need on a coast to coast flight. I learned the hard way. ;-)

October 28, 2008 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger gabiroush said...

Spray a little Halloween glow-in-the-dark spray on a favorite stuffed animal, toy, sweater, or even shoes. It helps to find them in the dark on a nighttime flight.

October 29, 2008 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Gotta take stuff to occupy their time.

ktgonyea at

October 29, 2008 at 9:54 AM  
OpenID dcsweeps said...

Good comments above. The main thing I know is to have them be drinking something during take offs and decent.

October 29, 2008 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Carrie M said...

Bring at least one snack for each hour of travel time, including the time stuck in the airport waiting for your flight to arrive.

October 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger kdkdkd said...

I learned that even though they can fly free until they are 2, it is worth it to buy them a seat and make sure they are secure in it. A few hundred dollars for the extra ticket is worth the safety of thier own seat, not to mention the comfort of not having a squirming baby/toddler on you the whole flight.

October 29, 2008 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoulder or harness carriers and other such devices could place the child in the parent’s crush zone, injure the parent’s back or cause injury to the child.

nuttybar at ymail dot com

October 29, 2008 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie's Precious Peas said...

I've learned to pack a backpack full of new toys and a few favorite toys...and lots of snacks!

October 29, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger moushka said...

Always have snacks, new and quiet toys, favorite blanket and lots of patience.

October 31, 2008 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Seeryus Mama said...

I didn't realize that flying is so hard on babies! I figured they were safe just in your lap. Now, I totally get why the Baby B'Air Flight vest is so important!

October 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous kellyache[at] said...

If the baby is sleeping during landing, yes, swallowing WOULD help her ears, but for your sanity, JUST LET HER SLEEP! If she's in pain, she wouldn't be sleeping. I used to frantically wake my gal and stuff a bottle in her mouth. She would FREAK.

October 31, 2008 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

I feed my 11 month old baby during takeoff with a bottle of milk or water. This really helps my baby to divert from the roaring noise of the engine, pricking sensation in the ear-drum and other discomfort while takeoff.

October 31, 2008 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous nadia said...

With an infant, always have something to relieve ear pressure (paci, bottle, mom's boobs), with a toddler have snacks and lovey/blanky, with a preschooler, have activities (coloring, lacing cards, sticker book, etc).

treflea4 at gmail dot com

October 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take along Dimetabb; a little dose will keep the child calm and probably help them sleep.

November 1, 2008 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger sara said...

I am packing to bring home our 3 year old from China. I have stickers & glue & paper and crayons and DVDs. I am loving looking through here for ideas! I have never traveled with an infant OR a toddler for that long! It will be interesting!

November 1, 2008 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

One thing I learned is that it is a good idea to schedule a flight that is close to baby's naptime. That way they are more likely to sleep through the flight because it is their normal time to sleep.

November 1, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger yellowlabs said...

Always have patience, snacks, and favorite toys.

November 1, 2008 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

When your baby has their own seat, use a blanket to create a little net between the bottom of their car seat/booster and the magazine basket. It makes it easy to scoop up all the toys that get dropped and they don't touch the yucky airplane floor!

November 1, 2008 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger RE said...

Snacks, books and toys. Never leave home without them.

November 1, 2008 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Brenda S. said...

I learned that over 90% of all injuries occur during flight, mainly due to turbulence. Thanks!!

November 2, 2008 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

If you're traveling with an infant, you should have an aisle seat.

November 2, 2008 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger laralin2266 said...

I always bring something for her to chew on even if it's a wash cloth and a teething ring! This seems to help her ears pop.

November 2, 2008 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger E said...

I've learned not to carry on too many items - it's much easier to check baggage if you have layovers than it is to drag it across an airport with a baby in tow...

November 2, 2008 at 3:07 AM  
Blogger Kari said...

90% of all injuries occur during flight, mainly due to turbulence

November 2, 2008 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

From the website: The award-winning Baby B'Air Flight Vest® has been tested to exceed FAA stress tests levels for aircraft seats.
From personal experience: nurse during takeoff.

November 2, 2008 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger lilyk said...

I learned that when traveling by air with an infant you need a lot of patience!

November 2, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous apple said...

Bring snacks activity books, coloring books so they become occupied.

applez_55 at yahoo dot com

November 2, 2008 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Lauriemetcalf said...

I love to travel with an infant because people give your child so much attention.You get more patience and understanding from other travelers.

November 2, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No grandchildren have flown , yet, but remember to have boytle or pacifier to equalize air pressure in their ears!

November 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger donna444444 said...

Over 90% of the injuries occur during the flight.

November 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger jemmmers74 said...

bring a snack.

November 2, 2008 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger calgirl said...

Having an infant does not mean I have thr right to disturb the other passangers. I have binkies, bottles, and will ask to be moved if my child is disturbing.

November 2, 2008 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I have only observed babies on planes and it isn't pretty! But, our daughter is expecting in May and we hope she will be flying with our grandchild often. I have learned a lot by reading others comments. Thanks for the contest.

November 2, 2008 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Rockin' Mama said...

Here are some of the things I've learned...

If you're nursing, nurse on takeoff and landing to prevent fussiness from ear pain/discomfort
Bring toys/snacks (maybe something new and different)
Try to pack as light as possible (we always try to get our in-laws to pick up stuff we need to lighten our load)

If possible, try to get that third seat. Otherwise the person sitting with you most likely won't be the happiest company
jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

November 2, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger JULIE said...

I don't have a little one of my own yet, but we are hoping one is on it's way (a little too soon to tell)...but as a missionary kid with six younger siblings I have definately learned a few things. Mom always let my little sibs bring one stuffed animal or babydoll along (evidently if they are carrying it, it doesn't count against them and you can still have a diaper bag for them). Then, she'd nurse whoever was the current baby during takeoff and landing as it somehow kept their ears from paining them. Plenty of coloring books for the older babies and tactile toys for the younger ones...and if they had a lovey, well of course it was in the cabin with us!!

November 2, 2008 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Xenia S said...

I've learned that you can do all the packing and preparations that you can beforehand but to just try to relax and hope for the best. You never know if there are going to be delays or crabby passengers nearby or anything else, but worrying about it before you even get up in the air sure doesn't help!


November 2, 2008 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Faigy Topp said...

I hope I'm not repeating what others said, but I don't have time to read them all now. I do want to read it tomorrow. But in the mean time... some advice from me:

When booking your ticket, request a baby meal (available for baby-on-lap tickets). It comes 3 jars of babyfood and a jar of baby apple juice.

Bring toys & books that are small. You can fit more into your bag.
A travelsize magnadoodle was great for my son who loves coloring, without worrying about airplane being colored or pieces getting lost. 2 books were enough. And one toy with lights and music.
I know ppl won't agree with me, but tried & true! If it's just your family in that row of seats, a bit of beeping will not be a problem. My son was playing with something, and from the seat right behind I could NOT hear it at all!

Make sure to bring some straws. The wide airplane cups are easy to spill with little mouths.

I would keep a few crayons in my purse as well, as they always come to use. In restaurants, doctor's offices, and on the airplane - when the child needs something different to do... design the vomitbag into a puppet.

THat's all I can think of offhand.

November 2, 2008 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Book flights during normal naptimes, try for an isle seat and if all else fails a half does of dimetap will usually do the trick.

November 2, 2008 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Buki Family said...

make sure to have an extra outfit for yourself in case baby gets sick!

November 2, 2008 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Bring an extra shirt for you in case baby gets sick on you! :)


November 2, 2008 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger masonsgranny59 said...

I've learned a portable DVD player helps but bring headphones as other passengers especially those not kid friendly will complain about the noise.

November 2, 2008 at 11:52 PM  

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