While traveling with Tye, there are two things I couldn't live without: 1) a baby carrier like our ring sling or Kozy Carrier, and 2) my pashmina. Technically, pashmina is a type of wool, but it is also used as a term for a specific version of shawl, the same way that Band-Aid and Kleenex have become synonymous for their products. A pashmina is scarf-length but wide enough to be a shawl.
Mine is a golden yellow color that adds contrast and pop to whatever outfit I'm wearing without clashing with many colors, making it a perfect wear-with-anything accessory. Did I mention I paid $6 for it several years ago at H&M? (Clearly not authentic pashmina!) Here it is in hand on our trip to Dallas earlier this year.
Pashmina photo from target.com
While traveling, this is the perfect all-in-one tool. When not in use, I wear it as a scarf, which is, thankfully, currently in style, even in summer. It is wide enough to sufficiently cover both Tye and myself on chilly planes, serving as a clean, free blanket. When it's time to nurse, I just spread out one side of the scarf to cover Tye in her carrier. I can also make eye contact with Tye while she nurses in arms by leaving the pashmina draped over my neck and using one side to cover her head above the eyes and the other to cover below the eyes, leaving just a slit so we can see each other. (Having a nursing cover on the plane is nice because the seats are so close together that the space can feel very... intimate when a breast is exposed just inches from a stranger). I've also used my pashmina as an impromptu sling for short trips to the restroom once my carrier is off. This trip, it also served as a drool wipe and as a source of entertainment for Tye. She gently investigated the fringed edges and laughed when we used it for peek-a-boo.
Pretty good for $6.