I LOVE to travel. It doesn’t take much to get me to agree to go on a trip to pretty much anywhere (except maybe Vegas… I hate Vegas). So, when I was invited to take a trip to Florida, I quickly responded YES! I hadn’t flown since I was 5 months pregnant and after having a baby and all the stress that comes with that, a trip sounded like a great idea.
And then I remembered… I have a baby! I mean that was the whole purpose for the trip anyway, to meet grandparents, but had I really thought about it I might have said “no”!
Flying with a baby sounds intimidating, especially if you’re doing it alone, but it’s really not as bad as it might seem. Here’s a few things I found that made my first trip a bit easier:
- RELAX!! For me, one of the biggest stressors of flying with a baby was the thought of my baby crying and making other passengers mad. Here’s the thing, babies cry. It’s what they do. Anyone who is going to get angry over my three month old fussing, needs more help than I can offer.
- Borrow or rent a car seat/stroller. I couldn’t even imagine lugging a car seat/base around the airport, PLUS, having to take my baby out of the stroller, fold that up and go through security. It just sounded like a bit too much for me. I talked to a few friends and got some ideas on what would be the best way to go about this. I decided on not bringing a car seat or stroller (I borrowed a car seat but there’s some great places to rent all kinds of baby items like Baby’s Away).
- Wear your baby! After deciding I would not take a stroller, I knew I needed a good carrier (I only had a Moby which my son HATED). There are a lot out there but price was a factor fur me, as well as comfort, so I settled on the Baby Bjorn (got it on sale for 40 bucks!). Having little man strapped to me, made going through TSA a breeze. If you take a stroller, you will have to unload your baby to go through security but if you wear your baby, he (or she) can stay strapped on. Once you get through, they will wipe your hands and that’s it. Super easy and stress-free! Oh and I suggest keeping the baby in the carrier until you’re ready to buckle up. Buckling up with a baby in arms is a bit challenging… I learned that the hard way!
- Practice going pee with the baby. Oddly enough, this was one of my biggest concerns. What if I have to pee on the plane? If you’re traveling with people, it’s no big deal but when you’re alone that’s a totally different story. I had a friend who suggested practicing. I never would have thought of that. Unless you’re already accustomed to relieving yourself with your infant in tow, I say it’s definitely worth a few practice runs! While we’re on the subject of pee… I also suggest scouting out the assisted/family bathrooms in the airport.
- Take out all items you may need for the flight before takeoff. If you’ve done any research at all on traveling with a baby, I’m sure you’ve already heard that you should nurse or feed your baby at takeoff and landing as the sucking sensation helps with ear pressure. My son didn’t seem to have a problem with it and just slept right through. Still, I was prepared. I had him in position, boobs out and nursing cover on. The last thing I wanted, was to be fumbling around for my nursing cover with a screaming baby. I also pulled out diapers, wipes and my changing mat and placed them in the seat pocket in front of me. Again, rummaging through my bag was the last thing I wanted to do in the event I had a wet (or poopy!) baby. I would strongly suggest having any items you may need handy.
There’s lots of tips and tricks for traveling with a baby, these are just a few that I found most helpful.
What are some tips you have?