8 Tips for Traveling with a Baby
May 1, 2015
When my son was just two months old he went on his first flight ever! The flight itself was short, less than 3 hours, but I was super anxious. I guess as a new mom I didn’t know what to expect. There were several other babies on the flight. I remember going down the airplane aisle to grab our seat and looking at the other moms with their babies. It’s like we were motorcyclist giving each other the “wave.”
Overall the flight was not as bad as I thought. In fact, it went far better than I had ever expected–the little guy slept the entire flight. We are thinking about going on another trip this year, now that he’s 2 years old, but I thought I’d share a few tips I learned during our first trip.
Try to Book your Seats in the Back of the Plane: Typically the engine is louder in the back of the plane, which helped my little one sleep like a charm. In case your baby gets fussy the loud noise will also help mask the crying, plus you are closer to the bathroom. The only downfall to this is if you have a connecting flight and need to get out of the plane a lot quicker.
Get to the Airport with Plenty of Time: I probably dreaded going through security more than the actual flight. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to check-in and go through security. Babies come with extra luggage such as strollers, car seats…etc. We probably had a total of 10 bins filled with our personal items going through security (I counted them in shock!) ps. breast milk, formula and baby medicine do not apply to the 3.4 ounce regulation.
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Travel During Nap Times: Part of the reason why our flight was so easy is because he slept the entire flight. We made sure to book our flight around the time our baby takes his longest nap (1 p.m.).
Feed During Take-Off and Landing: The change in pressure during takeoff and landing can bother the baby’s ears. Feeding can help them pop their ears and release the pressure. Here I am in this picture doing some feeding before boarding the plane.
Travel with Your Nursing Pillow: This was so helpful, especially since I’m breastfeeding. At one point I thought about not brining it because it’s so big, but I’m so glad I did. The baby slept the entire flight on it and it made nursing much more comfortable.
Install a White Noise App on your Phone: Instead of traveling with our white noise machine, we installed a white noise app on our phone. This was great for keeping the baby calm as we walked through the airport. We also used it at night in the hotel room to get the baby to sleep.
Earplugs for Fellow Passengers: I remember reading about this once and thought it was a clever idea. As a little treat to fellow passengers, I bought some earplugs in case the baby decided to throw an in-flight tantrum. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pass any out.
Baby Carrier: Once our plane landed, we simply placed the baby in our baby carrier and he was so calm. He loved looking around and it freed our hands to do other things like get our luggage and stroller.
Do you have any tips for traveling with a toddler that might be helpful for our upcoming flight?