It’s summer time! And that means you may be gearing up to travel with your little one for the first time. Here’s what I’ve learned from traveling with our kids the past three years – though we certainly still have a lot to learn! We’ve got a busy summer, filled with planes and car rides ourselves so I need the refresher too. Though for this post, I’ll just be covering airline travel… so here we go!
If you are going on a long haul flight with a baby under two, make sure to call and reserve a bassinet. You’ll be put in the bulk head row, which gives you a extra room, plus a bassinet for your child to sleep in or stash whatever you want in. Giving your arms a break!
Book around naptime or bedtime if possible. This works for us, as the lull of the airplane engine seems to put them to sleep.
Before booking I always check out Seatguru.com and look up the actual aircraft of the flight I’m looking at booking. This will tell you which seats are best, where or if there’s a changing table, and reviews from other travelers. If it’s an airline I’m unsure of, I also check their rating airlineequality.com.
Packing tips for little ones:
First check what baggage is allotted for your infant/child on your airlines website. I’ve had flights where they are allowed their own bag, and some where I just get a diaper bag to carry on. Their site will also let you know what you are allowed to check free of charge – generally a stroller, and a carseat.
Packing cubes are great or even ziploc gallon bags work well for tiny clothes. I roll each outfit, including socks, and place them in the packing cube. I’m on the safer side accounting for two outfits a day for babies/toddlers, and then plenty of pajamas.
I always make sure to pack a little first aid kit that includes a thermometer, some medicines just in case, and bandaids.
I am obsessed with our Marpac DOHM white noise machine, and take it with me on every trip. There’s even a travel version if you’re often on the go.
Likely anywhere you’re going, they are going to have diapers. So if you need the room, don’t pack them. I usually pack mine, and use the space I have left over once they are used for souviners.
Typically most liquids/pumped milk is very easy to get through. Each bottle needs to be 3.5oz or smaller, and I just put it in a ziploc. I’ve only had them test it once, and that was just dusting the bottle.
What to wear on the flight:
Wear black. because– what stains? (; But also wear easy flats, so you can kick them off quick for security. A drapey cardigan can double as a cover or a blanket, a nursing tank if you are breast feeding, and some leggings. You can look fabulous when you get there, now is the time for easy and no fuss.
I generally put my babies in footed pajamas at the airport, because they will be sleeping at some point. Or on a long haul, I pack them with us and change into them at bedtime so there’s some semblance of a routine happening. With older kids, I make sure all the clothes they have while traveling is comfortable.
Once you are at the airport:
Babies can sometimes give you special treatment and most people are understanding. But I also make sure to pour on a little extra sugar. There have been times just being nice and patient has scored me upgrades and better seats.
I put the baby in the carrier when I’m going through security. I’ll probably even do this on our next flight and he’ll be 15 months old and 25 pounds! It’s just easier for us. You can bring the stroller through security, and right up to the gate to gate check. It’ll be waiting for you when you land. My goddaughter is one and has been on over a dozen flights already. She has the Uppa Baby Vista stroller, and that has been so easy for travel. She has the car seat attachment on it, and on several occasions the flight hasn’t been full, and she’s gotten a seat all to herself in her cozy little car seat she loves.
What to pack in the diaper bag:
Here’s an actual diaper bag I packed for my youngest son at 8 months for Panama …