Tips for Flying with an Infant
We just got back from a week long vacation to the homeland. It was a whirlwind of a trip, packed with family dinners, catching up with old friends, and a wedding!
The four month old went on her first plane ride and a couple mini road trips. We also had to deal with a two hour time difference, bustling houses filled with people during naps, and a new crib for sleeping. I was so nervous about the trip. Will she scream the whole flight? Will she catch someone’s sickness breathing all that recycled air? Will she get any sleep at all? Will she enjoy, or at least tolerate, meeting so many new people? Oh, did I mention she started teething while we were there?
As always, my baby girl was a trouper and for the most part, she did great! The man on our first flight even seemed to enjoy having us beside him, calling her a “Bonita pollo” over and over. I’d like to think we all learned a few things from this trip and will be more prepared for our next cross-country venture this winter. And because I’ve done this whole traveling with an infant thing once, and have a masters in googling “traveling with an infant”, here are my not so novel tips for those of you heading off soon!
1. Book an early flight
Happy baby, happy life (or something like that). It’s been my experience that babies are happier in the mornings, before missed naps.
2. Baby Wear
Throw that baby in your ergo the second you get to the airport and don’t take her out until take-off. She can stay on through security and you’ll have hands free to separate and send your stuff down the belt. Bonus points if she sleeps the whole time! Check out my favorite baby carriers
3. Carry-on, carry-on, carry-on!
Maybe we’re just cheap over here, but I refuse to pay for checked luggage. If you don’t want to deal with finding room in the overhead bins, volunteer to gate check (fo’ free!) to “save space for other passengers.” Also, if your babe eats too fast and pukes ALL OVER your white shirt, you’ve easy access to a clean one! Don’t forget to make a joke about being a “changed woman” when you get back from the bathroom;)
4. Get the Pack-n-Play
Originally, I figured we’d just bed share on our trip but, my mom convinced me we needed a pack-n-play and got one for us. As always, mother knows best! I loved having a safe place to plop Sadid down in for naps and bedtime!
5. Go with the flow!
Realize that life will happen and the best thing to do sometimes is smile and let things go. You can always get back on a schedule when you get back home.
6. Say yes!
Take advantage of every person who wants to hold/change/entertain the baby! Say yes and run to do something for yourself! I so enjoyed getting to do things sans the babe. Don’t get me wrong I love her and bringing her along, but some things are so much easier to do knowing she’s having fun with family!
Are you going on any trips soon? What’re your tips for traveling with a baby?