Traveling With an Allergic Baby – 6 Things That Will Keep Baby Well During the Trip

If your baby has problems with allergy, you probably hesitate to take him away from the security of your home, and into less protected spaces. This can feel terribly confining. The good news is that with a little planning you and your family can travel safely with your baby. But before you take to the road, here are 6 things to do that will help your baby stay healthy while enjoying the trip.

1. Let your pediatrician know that you are planning a trip, and ask for advice on prescriptions or over the counter medications that can be used to avoid a flare up, or minimize one should it occur. Depending on your destination they may be able to recommend a wealth of all kinds of resources that will help put your mind at ease, let you relax and enjoy the trip.

2. Bring your baby’s portable pack and play that he is use to sleeping in. If you don’t have one, this is an investment you’ll be happy you made. Be sure to get it several weeks before you travel, so by the time you’re ready to leave, it feels comfortable to him. This will allow you to use sheets and bedding that you know are safe, and will feel more normal to your baby even though you may be sleeping in an unfamiliar hotel, family member or friend’s home. Keeping things as familiar as possible for your baby, particularly at bed time, will reduce stress (both his and yours) and will allow him to rest well at night. And if baby sleeps everybody traveling with you will sleep too. And as you know, a baby whose body is well rested will have a stronger immune system which is better able to fight off pollutants.

3. If you use a special hypoallergenic laundry detergent, be sure to pack it. If you need to wash his clothes, better to have it along, than not be able to find it in the stores where you’re visiting.

4. Be sure to bring extra clothing. This sounds like a no-brainer, but you really don’t want to have to shop under pressure to find clothes that your baby can wear without causing a problem. Having to look for new clothes and only being able to find those made of materials that trigger symptoms is a nightmare that doesn’t need to happen. It may also be difficult and expensive to locate a store that offers organic clothing, or has your baby’s size. And maybe your schedule is too tight to have to take time to shop. Bringing extras that your baby has already worn, and preferably that have been washed once is added baggage you won’t mind having.

5. A favorite toy or 5 will be greatly appreciated by your little one. Purchasing a spare of the favorite toy before you leave might save a lot of anxiety should it become lost in the shuffle from one place to another. This might seem like a waste of money on this side of the issue, but from the other side that spare toy just might seem priceless.

6. Pack a small portable air purifier that can fit easily in the trunk of your car. It should be light enough to carry, but heavy duty enough to remove airborne pollutants like dust, mold and mildew spores, smoke, pet dander, bacteria and viruses. Again this is something you should buy well in advance of your trip so your baby is use to it in the nursery. Then, to your baby, it feels like bringing along a piece of home, and for you it brings peace of mind. You never know what the air quality is going to be like where you’re going, and having a portable high efficiency particle arresting air purifier along for the ride means your baby has fresh clean air wherever you go. And fresh air is good for everyone else in the family too.

About Apple iPod Shuffle

The iPod shuffle was the first even model of iPods to imbibe a flash memory. It was launched for the first time in January 2005, and since then one more generation has been launched. Weighing just about 15gms, the iPod Shuffle was developed for the hardcore traveler who just could not do without music. When it was introduced along with the iPod Nano, the Shuffle was the smallest device ever to be made by apple.

The first generation of iPod Shuffle was one of the most basic audio devices to be marketed by apple. It had no screen and was available only in white color. It resembled a pen-drive in structure, except for the trademark apple ‘click rotate’ button and was available only in the 512MB and 1 GB versions in its first launch in January ’05. The first Gen iPod shuffle worked on Mac 10.2 OS and was also compliant with windows 2000 OS. It was a USB based device- the fact that played a pivotal role in enhancing the portability and the popularity of the device. Some problems were detected in the first generation model of the iPod shuffle and it was not able to mount on the system at times. These problems were looked into more deeply, and the second generation of the iPod Shuffle was launched in September ’06 along with the iPod Nano and the iPod video.

The newer model boasted of a smaller clip design, which was more convenient to carry than the longer pen-drive design, anodized aluminum body in four colors, better and improved tech-specs and longer effective battery life. The colors available with the new Shuffle are pink, orange, green and blue. There was one shortcoming that had hampered the success of the initial iPod shuffle- the low memory capacity. This thing was kept in mind and the 2GB version of the second generation of the iPod shuffle was launched on February ’08.

Accessories For the Shuffle

Apple is one of the largest makers and distributors of personal media players. In 2008, Apple turned in record profits of 9.6 billion dollars. They have become the market leaders in personal media players.

One favorite over the years has been the iPod shuffle. The small design and simple function have been a favorite of many people. Since 2005, Apple has produced different generations of the shuffle, and over time, accessories have grown as well. Accessories for the shuffle include everything from waterproof cases to a variety of portable chargers.

Cases

Accessories for the shuffle that are the most unique are the waterproof cases. If you are an avid swimmer or just enjoy lazy summer days at the pool with your iPod, you may want to invest in one. This case comes in two parts; a hard black plastic case and a thick silicone sleeve. This accessory for the shuffle is perfect for sealing out water and protecting your media player however since the purpose is to seal the unit it can be difficult to get the silicone sleeve on.

Head Phones

In addition to the waterproof case, accessories for the shuffle are waterproof headphones. Compatible with the second-generation shuffle these headphones are actually a case and head phone combination. This combination allows you to enjoy all your tunes while playing in the pool.

Features:

• Functional control of the iPod
• Waterproof to 10 feet
• Aquatic silencer ear buds seals out noise and water
• Can attach to goggles

Chargers

Manufacturers many times have a recommended battery life that does not bear out in real life usage. Some have better averages than others do but for the most part accessories for the shuffle should include a travel charger. Media players are generally charged through their USB port, so this makes it difficult to charge them when you are in your car or at the pool. Thankfully, someone was wise enough to create a USB to AC/DC charger. This kind of charger will plug into a cigarette lighter or wall outlet to allow charging nearly anywhere. For $19.99 at Tigerdirect you can charge your shuffle anytime and anywhere.

Customer Ratings

Buying accessories for the shuffle has never been easier, simple point and click your way to sites like Amazon or Jr.com. The best thing about shopping online is you can read customer ratings and comments.

For instance, customers who purchased the waterproof accessories for the shuffle found them to work well but were a bit difficult to install. The necessity of a watertight seal would make this product difficult for a person with arthritis or other joint condition.

Knowing what other people who have purchased a product think of it can help you to avoid potential problems and disappointments.

Overall

Accessories for the shuffle and other Apple products are varied. There is something that will suit nearly any lifestyle or taste among the vast number of products. Personalize your iPod shuffle today.