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Hi! Welcome to Moms Exchange. My name is @pickering_mom905, Co-founder of momsxchange.com

The reason we created Moms Exchange is because we believe that connecting moms is a step in the right direction to help moms connect and share stories and advice with each other, which in turn helps alleviate some of the feelings of loneliness, social isolation and disconnection some moms may face during and after they have a baby.  When I got pregnant with my daughter, I immediately had a million and one thoughts in my head……When can I tell people? What will happen to my career? When can I start pre-natal yoga? What will a year off of work be like? Will I take the full year off or will me and my fiancé split it?  Where will he or she go to daycare when I go back to work? And, of course, many, many others.

With these thoughts and questions floating around in my head, I needed somewhere to go to get all of my questions answered, but where? I ended up doing research on one site, buying baby items on another site, and reading advice from a million others.

Our goal at Moms Exchange is to have moms, new and experienced, provide real-time advice to other moms (via our online Mommy chat room tool), support momtrepreneurs and other local businesses owned and/or operated by moms (via our Mommy Business), buy and sell gently used kids items from other moms (via our Mommy Shop), and share their experience with other moms across Canada (via our Mommy Blog), all in one secure, trusted, and judgement free environment. Yes, that’s right, all in one spot. No longer will you need to look at three or four different sites to get everything that you need.

If you would like to help us alleviate the social isolation, loneliness and disconnection some of our moms’ face, or connect with other moms in your community, please sign up here… it’s FREE.

Flying with an 18-month-old

We recently got back from a trip to Florida and I realized that this is definitely a topic worth talking about.  All I can say is have no expectations and who cares about what others think, keep those 2 things in mind and you will be fine and so much less stressed!!

I must have read about 20 articles or more on tips for travelling before we went and this was our 5th flight with DD. She is 18 months now so definitely some different challenges and needs compared to the last time we flew with her which was when she was 10 months.  Here are my absolute MUSTS for a trip with a very active 18-month-old:

    1. 1. Always keep them busy – here are some items I used to keep my little one busy during our flight

Erasable Magnetic Drawing Sketch board

Learning Friends 100 Words Book

    1. 2. Try and plan flights around nap times
    2. 3. Change Diapers and Feed them before the flight if you can, here are some amazing items for feeding on the go:

Travel Booster Seat

Breastmilk Cooler Bag

    1. 4. Walk around (run if possible) before getting on the plane so you wear them out as much as you can
    2. 5. Do not board the plane early as they allow you to, the least amount of time on the plane the better
    3. 6. If you can score them get lounge passes……. these lounges have kids/baby rooms!!! Who knew??? These are areas where your kids can run around/watch tv and be free!!
    4. 7. – Use an umbrella stroller if you can – do not fold it up until you are right at the plane (if you can get away without a stroller even better!!!), this one is by far the best one I found:

Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller

  1. 8. Have as many snacks packed as you can
  2. 9. Buy new toys/activities that you can pull out on the plane in flight
  3. 10. Have an iPad with movies/shows ready to go as a backup plan……make sure it charged
  4. 11. Pray no one sits beside you and if they do pray they are cool and like kids……a lot
  5. 12. Pray, Pray, Pray for no delays………we had a 3-hour delay on the plane ride home (which was not at nap time) and that was not easy, thank gosh she slept for 2 hours but that was definitely a challenging time.
  6. 13. Always play and distract them and usually they will make friends with people on the plane

 

Travelling with a toddler does not need to be stressful or hard it just takes lot of planning and even more patience, so relax and enjoy it……most people have been there in their lives one time or another.

Word of the Week (WOW)

Matrescence: The process of becoming a mother.

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