Also, if anyone has good recommendations on how to entertain a toddler on a 4-hr plan ride, please let me know.
As for the CDs, I'm the same, I haven't put a sposie on my boy since we left the hospital when he was 2 days old. We have done LOTS of travelling and a couple LONG camping trips. If you have access to wash them for the first 6 days then I especially think it won't be a problem. I actually ended up packing them in a large duffel that I bought at a camping store for $19. For the longest trip we went on I brought EVERY SINGLE one we had and didn't use them all. And I had to go much longer than 3 days w/o washing.
I don't think you'll have any problems at all. Have fun!
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Was super super easy.
We've even done it with TWO kids in diapers!
As for ways to entertain a toddler, my 21 mo old DD loved coloring in her coloring book (a bought a zippered pouch to put all of the crayons in) and playing with an elmo sticker book when we were on the plane over the holidays. I also bought a pill case (those with the days of the week on them) and filled each compartment with a tiny snack (dried cranberry, goldfish cracker, etc.) She had a blast opening and closing the compartments and eating what was inside. She also liked playing with the tray table, the arm rest, and the window shade (anything that she could put up and down.) Good luck.
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and there is a great thread on traveling long times with a toddler in the past couple of days...
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The flight w/ CDs wasn't any biggie, I just packed his diaperbag like normal, with an extra or 2 just in case and my wetbag. I tried to make sure to pack enough (in our luggage) for 2-3 days without a wash, but that was overkill, but better then underkill, ya know?
I had a travel bag for the Britax, to check, and so it was easy to throw the diapers in his seat (where he would normally sit), zip up the bag and away it went. I didn't have to worry about diapers taking up space in the suitcase.
As far as entertainment goes, I would invest in a handful of small toys (cars, planes, etc) that you can surprise him with once the plane gets going. And lots of little interesting snacks, maybe some new books, hand puppets.
I LOVE flats for travelling.. and even CAMPING! They wash out clean and dry fast. Flats and PUL covers are the best combo for light, quick dry dipes.
4 hours should be fine, the excitement of the trip will go a long way. I recommend not introducing the fold down tray, but supervision of the lights and air is good.
I also highly recommend taking a carseat on the plane. I find the 5-pt harness invaluable!
When I flew with my daughter from Atlanta to Connecticut, she had her own (small) suitcase. One half of the suitcase had clothes and toys, the other half had a couple of dozen diapers. I also took a large, clean wetbag (we use Swaddlebees, they run about $12.95 and have an elastic closure). All of that was checked with our luggage. I also had our diaper bag and travel-sized wetbag in there, as usual.
When I got to my friend's house I hung my wetbag on the door in our guest bedroom and put all of my dirty diapers in there. I had actually planned on washing and bringing back all clean diapers (I like to travel with clean clothes/diapers whenever possible), but it didn't work out so when it was time to leave, I put the wetbag with the dirty diapers into my daughter's suitcase. It wasn't a big deal, didn't leak, didn't smell, and when we got home we (of course) washed diapers and clothes as usual. Easy peasy!
You can do it, if you want to. I had a lot of reasons for wanting to try - cost, commitment to cloth, just curiosity to see how it would go. Once I realized it wasn't a big deal I just decided to always travel with cloth. I guess the worse thing that could happen would be that you decided you didn't like it and used disposables for the rest of the trip.
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The only advice I would add, if you are planning to cd while traveling, is to bring your own laundry detergent. I once had to use a different detergent while at my mom's house, and my ds had a bad reaction to it.