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Can I tell you how great LinkaDoos are. They are the one product no parent should be without. If you are a resourceful kinda person...you'll love them. As a matter of fact, if you have a Useful Linkadoo tip...put it in the comment section.
Monday Night the Poll on our DTC group will close! Date of Event will then be posted!
Three of us (so far) can help with Airport and/or Lodging
Stephe -DE (Philadelphia) Susan & Cheryl & Donna (if coming)
Sheryl - NJ (Philadelphia)
Kim & Husband- MD (Baltimore ) Can give Airport transportation from Baltimore to Philly
Others Hopefully Attending
Melissa - hopefully depending on date (on vaca)
Cheryl - Texas (if this is official weekend)
Donna - Arizon (maybe)
Hope - (I think)
email me if I forgot you at our DTC group!
Popsicle Photos – Sheryl’s in charge of. Please email photo to Sheryl C. if not able to attend.
YearBook – Anyone interesting in being in our EAST COAST PANDA yearbook, send Stephe and email.
International Flights vs. In China Flight
Well, at first, my luggage was going to be what the International Airline said was allowable. Then I began to find out through some research that if I have to take an In-China flight, the restrictions were harsher. So, my numbers will be for the In-China flight. Since I am not going COO, I better do some weeding out. Even worse, how do you MAKE your best friend, whose traveling with you, pack light!!!
Luggage in China (Per ticketed customer):
1 checked bag weighing 44 pounds less. (9" x 14" x 22")
1 carry-on bag
1 personal item: purse or briefcase
$130-$200 per bag that is over the limit! Remember, if your child has an airline ticket, they will also get a luggage allowance so that will work out for souvenirs and stuff.
1. Don’t put important stuff in your luggage… cash, important documents, medication, jewelry, cameras and breakables should be placed in your carry-on. As well as one change of clothes.
2. Place the appropriate identification tags on all your bags & inside your luggage and a copy of your itinerary. Use your work address and phone.
3. Remove all straps, hooks, and things protruding from the luggage that could get caught in the luggage conveying system at the airport.
4. When making reservations, avoid changing airlines so that luggage is handled by the same airline from start to finish.
5. Arrive Early.
6. Make sure that your airline check-in agent puts the proper destination code on your luggage tags. Be sure it is your final destination in China and not the connecting destination.
7. Don’t over pack! Plan to bring no more than 4 days worth of clothing, budget to use the hotel laundry services.
AND NO PIRATE...YOU CANNOT COME!!! (Sorry Baby)
Okay, I am back to my "information" type posts again. Real life is boring and nothing to post. So, I am trying to organize all of my info and trying to post. (This is my incentive to get-it-together). Anyway, I thought I would post on the Squat Potty. I am sure, by now, all of you know what one is. Below is part of a post from someone on one of my yahoo groups and I thought it was just the funniest thing ever!...
"Squat toilets really aren't that bad ... the worst ones would be at really touristy places (like the Great Wall) ... that said, I'd go "squatty" over a western toilet any day ... some of the western ones I saw in China were WAY grosser than a squatty ... most families I know who have been to China, agree.
Practice doing the "squatty" in the shower ... pull your panties down past your knees, then using your hands pull the entire fabric area forward, then squat down and let loose ... keep your feet placed a good shoulder width apart and balance with elbows/forearms on your thighs ... really, it's not that hard.
Yeah, I'm gonna run right home and practice!! Right! But there is a small part of me that says maybe I should practice. LOL.
What to take:
Playtex bottles are easy & disposables convenient.
Take extra nipples, though, since you'll probably have to cut them (your baby will likely be used to having a bigger hole) and you may mess up on some.
Some bring rubbermaid type shoe box to use as a washbin, rubber gloves because the water that you use to wash bottles with is boiling hot, a bottle brush and a nipple brush. This really made washing bottles very easy. When they were packing the rubbermaid box, they stuffed it with snacks, this way the snacks wouldn’t get crushed and all the way home you can put some fragile souvenirs in it so they don’t get crunched. Obviously not necessary but can come in handy.
Consider buying the Chinese brand formula once you are over there. It has been said that if you switch right away, they may get constipated from the new formula.
Some Most people buy enough formula in China to last through their stay there and for at least two weeks after return home. That way, you can gradually mix in the new formula brand (whether soy or not) little by little so it isn't such a drastic change for a little one who is already experiencing so many events in his or her young life.
Formula is milk-based in China.
Many pediatricians recommend taking a milk based formula, such as Similac with Iron or Enfamil with Iron. Others recommend Lactofree (a milk with no lactose sugar, but also no soy protein), as many people of Asian descent have a lactose intolerance.
Lactofree seemed to be the closest in taste to the Chinese formulas used in most orphanages, but the milk based formulas were tolerated just as well.
The soy formula can sometimes constipate the children, and many have already been on a milk based formula.
To ease the transition to US baby formulas, some people mix the formula in a lesser strength for a few days. This avoids some problems with constipation and stomach aches.
On the go:
Prefill the liners with formula and band. Buy some of the child-sized rubberbands that they sell for ponytails. That is a really easy way to rubber band the liner.
Some say that the bottle feeding has been indispensable for the attachment process.