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Dd and I will be flying for 5 hours straight in two weeks. I've flown a ton, but not with a baby by myself before... We've been ECing from birth so I want to keep it up for the plane flight/vacation I'm planning on bringing a bowl with a lid in case the bathrooms are full when she needs to go or I can't get to them b/c of stewardesses serving things... If I bring 6 prefolds it should be enough so I'll make it ten just in case she's finicky about pottying in the plane (she'll go almost anywhere - in any potty/sink/bathroom - though so i'm not really worried about that... just want to be prepared!). We're bringing a BBLP for while we're there, but not for on the plane (too bulky to carry-on, IMO).<br><br>
We never use covers and don't have any so... any tips for making it easier? Any situations that I may not forsee? Any of you still EC full time on vacation or on a plane/train/bus? Stories?<br><br>
Thank you!<br>
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We just did two long flights, one 3 hrs and one 5 and 1/2 with 4 month old ds. It went well. I brought lots of diapers, which we did use because it was not always convenient to get to the potty on the plane. I also found that ds did not cue a few times because he was interested in the new surroundings I think.<br><br>
I was a little worried that people would give me strange looks if I had to potty him in the seat, which I did. No one seemed to notice. If you're traveling with dh it should be easier to have an extra set of hands. You also might want extra wipes in case of a missed #2. That happened to us, which I'm really not used to because we catch them all at home. Maybe a blanket to cover up with too in case you want some privacy while pottying.<br>
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Oh, I just saw that you're traveling alone. I did that, well with dd as my helper, and it was not too bad. I would say that while traveling I caught fewer than I do at home, but only by a small reduction.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace">
 

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We recently went on a trip with DD (I think she was 10 weeks at the time)...she wouldn't pee on the plane--I think the mirror in the bathroom 3 inches from her face was just too distracting--so she just went in her diaper. We didn't have room to bring the BBLP on the plane. DH did come but he doesn't "help" with the pottying at all.<br><br>
I pottied her as much as possible while we were out and about. Sometimes there just wasn't a bathroom available or we were driving around so I would just change her when I had a chance. But we still had a pretty good catch rate and it didn't seem to disturb her rhythm once we got home again.
 

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This isn't really "my" tip, since I've never done it - only read about it. Anyway, here's a link to how to create a "Very Portable Potty System" (VPPS):<br><br><a href="http://www.nooneewilga.com/EC/VPPS.html" target="_blank">http://www.nooneewilga.com/EC/VPPS.html</a>
 

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On our recent airplane trip, we took a little lap potty on the plane with us and I pottied DD in the seat. It doesn't have a lid, but was easy to empty in a toilet when we had an opportunity. I got this at the EC store "little potty" in red or blue - <a href="http://www.theecstore.com/" target="_blank">http://www.theecstore.com/</a> - and just noticed that they have a travel potty with a lid now too.<br><br>
We only used about 4 prefolds, I think. But I brought a whole bunch just in case! Also, I took along a piece of thin wool flannel fabric that I had lanolized, and just put that beneath her when I didn't feel like putting a wool cover on her or leaving her with only a prefold on her.<br><br>
Nobody noticed that I was pottying a baby, and even if they did they probably didn't really understand what I was doing, so there were no "issues"!<br><br>
In the past with DS we took a BBLP along and that worked too but it took up so much doggone space on the plane.
 

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thank you for your ideas and stories! I think we'll be trying a VPPS since we probably wouldn't get the fold up potty in time to use it this trip. It looks really cool though! I like having a little jar (or cloth to sop it up) so we don't have to get up to empty it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
We have gone out of the house for much longer than 5 hours with dd in underwear (baby bloomers and shrunken underwear/panties from the thrift store) before, but I'm super paranoid about new bathrooms. We only go diaper free out in public in places that she's eliminated at before (certain coffee shops and friends' houses) so I know she'll be reliable there. She's used to pottying in her BBLP on my lap in the car so hopefully lap-pottying will go well in the plane! My VW beetle is more crowded than an airplane <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Okay, I'm feeling much more confident now!<br><br>
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we used the BBLP and set it on the changing table in the tiny airplane toilet so that i could go at the same time. of course dd was 10 months old. it was the first trip after we started ec and i packed all kinds of dipes but ended up using only cds at night and no dipes during the days. we had no misses because we were just so tuned. after that we got really confident with ec while travelling, it was almost always superior to ec at home.<br><br>
or if the plane toilet doesnt have a changing table then we would put the BBLP ontop of the closed toilet seat. only disadvantage was having to manage dd while i went to the toilet. this was always the highlight of ec for me that we coudl use the potty simultaenously.<br><br>
have a great trip!!
 

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we used the BBLP and set it on the changing table in the tiny airplane toilet so that i could go at the same time. of course dd was 10 months old. it was the first trip after we started ec and i packed all kinds of dipes but ended up using only cds at night and no dipes during the days. we had no misses because we were just so tuned. after that we got really confident with ec while travelling, it was almost always superior to ec at home.<br><br>
or if the plane toilet doesnt have a changing table then we would put the BBLP ontop of the closed toilet seat. only disadvantage was having to manage dd while i went to the toilet. this was always the highlight of ec for me that we coudl use the potty simultaenously.<br><br>
have a great trip!!
 

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we used the BBLP and set it on the changing table in the tiny airplane toilet so that i could go at the same time. of course dd was 10 months old. it was the first trip after we started ec and i packed all kinds of dipes but ended up using only cds at night and no dipes during the days. we had no misses because we were just so tuned. after that we got really confident with ec while travelling, it was almost always superior to ec at home.<br><br>
or if the plane toilet doesnt have a changing table then we would put the BBLP ontop of the closed toilet seat. only disadvantage was having to manage dd while i went to the toilet. this was always the highlight of ec for me that we coudl use the potty simultaenously.<br><br>
have a great trip!!
 
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