“Mark Oldershaw bringing young family to Olympics despite Zika threat,” reads the headline. “Canadian canoeist ‘confident’ that situation in Rio under control.”
Travelling with a baby, despite what you’ve read and what you’ve heard, is never as easy as it sounds. There are mini meltdowns and major tantrums. You may (will?) experience delays, cancellations and the dreaded plane descent. And if you’re really, really unlucky, a diaper blowout. Or two. (Always pack an extra set of clothing!)
But does that deter millions of parents from travelling with their young ones? Not on your life. Family travel offers a wealth of experiences and the memories made will last a lifetime (at least for mom and dad!). And for Mark Oldershaw, a third generation Olympian and the fifth member of his family to compete at the Games, family travel means having his infant daughter cheering him on in Brazil.
“Excited to have them there in the crowd,” Oldershaw said in a phone interview with the CBC, as part of a sponsorship with Pampers.
Now, while some athletes had expressed reservations about going to Brazil, with some even pulling out of the Games, the Oldershaw family’s plans did not change.
“We know that the COC and International Olympic Committee is very on top of it and making sure that it will be safe for athletes,” said the native of Burlington, Ontario. “I’m very confident it will be safe for me and Annamay (his wife) and (his daughter) Josephine.”
So, what’s in Mark Oldershaw’s travel bag? I had the chance to interview Mark back in July, and the hands-on father shared with me his top picks for travelling with a baby.
1. Baby Wipes. Spills and accidents happen all the time, and having a baby wipe on hand makes it easier to contain little messes before they become big ones. We always carried Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes in our own diaper bag, so I definitely endorse his suggestion!
2. Familiar, Calming Toys. Travel can be hard on little ones due to the change of routine, excess stimuli and new faces/ surroundings. Bringing along a few comforts from home, such as a favourite toy or blanket, can help ease the transition.
3. Tried and True Products. Vacation or work-related travel is not the right time to try new products or routines. It’s important to keep an even flow for baby (check out these four key sleep tools) and of course, stick to the most trusted brand of diapers, Pampers. With Pampers Baby Dry diapers, your baby can get up to 12 hours of overnight protection and dryness.
4. Patience. Of course you should pack a little patience! Travelling with families large and small, young and old, all have their own sets of challenges. But remember, with a little preparation, even obstacles can be handled calmly and with ease. “We can’t control everything, but we’re very confident,” say Mark. We’ll be cheering you on!
This post is sponsored by P&G. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.