We recently got back from our trip to Indiana visiting friends and family. It was our first time flying with Noah and we had no idea what flying with a baby would be like. I hadn’t done much research on flying with a baby, but I wish I would have. I love sharing blog posts like this because I feel like I’m really helping someone out. With next week being Christmas a lot of you will be traveling, and I hope this blog post can be a little life-saver right before you head out of town. These tips saved us!
- Buy new toys, not loud ones with music for obvious reasons, before you go. Put them in your diaper bag right away so your little one doesn’t even see them. This way when you get on the plane they will have something brand new to play with that they’ve never seen.
- Dress you and your baby comfortably and lightly. Noah was fine in just a onesie and was actually hot on one of the flights so I am so glad I didn’t put him in anything heavier. You can always pack a blanket in the diaper bag if you’re afraid they may get cold, but to be honest the less stuff you have to carry the better.
- Get a protective bag for your carseat. Especially if you care about your carseat and it was expensive. They really toss them around and if you want to keep your carseat in good condition and clean I highly recommend doing this. You can get them online and some vary in size so make sure you double check that the bag will fit your carseat before you hit checkout. This one from Target is awesome because it’s padded, and this one from Amazon is amazing because it also has wheels.
- ‘Invest in a carseat dolly that you can use to push your carseat around the airport. This is especially smart if you aren’t bringing a stroller and don’t want to carry your carseat in the airport. People thought we were genius when they saw us in the airport with it, and we got so many comments on this thing. It literally is the most simple invention ever, but it was a lifesaver when it came to switching gates quickly. It was also great because we could just leave Noah in his carseat right when we got to the airport, and I didn’t have to carry him until we got to security.
- When you get to the gate ask the representative if there are any empty rows on the flight. This way you could possibly have an entire row to yourself and your little one can sit in their own seat sometimes. This also helps incase you need to make a diaper change on the flight.
- Once you’ve boarded the plane walk around with your little one in the back of the cabin until either the flight attendant tells you “Hey crazy lady sit down with your baby so we can take off,” or until you’re majorly in other people’s way. I did this with Noah before our second flight and he was fully asleep by take off.
- Breastfeed or bottle feed your little one on the way up and on the way down if possible. This helps with any ear pain that they might encounter. I did this on the first flight with Noah on both the way up and the way down and he was as cool as a cucumber. On the second flight he was asleep during the way up and on the way down we ended up giving him puffs to chew on. I think the most important thing is that you try to get them chewing or swallowing during these times. Obviously if they are sleeping, just let them sleep.
- Bring snacks if your little one is to the point where they are eating. Puffs are pretty much the best things ever. We get the Plum Organics Super Puffs and he can be entertained snacking on those things for awhile. I also highly suggest bringing pouches and this handy dandy handle that your little one can eat them with. This little piece of plastic has been one of the best things I’ve ever purchased under $10 in my life!
- Ask the flight attendant for some extra cups. Noah loved playing with the little plastic cups they serve drinks in. He was highly entertained hitting them together, chewing on them, and slamming them into the tray table. Whatever works man!
- Take a deep breath and relax. Stressing about it will only make things worse and your little one might do just fine. When you’re stressed your baby can sense it, and this makes them feel uneasy. During the first flight Noah was uneasy at first because I was sorta freaking out. Who isn’t freaking out the first time they are flying with their baby? Totally normal! Once I chilled out things immediately got better. Think positive and hopefully you will have a great experience!
Have you recently traveled with your little one? Feel free to leave some more tips in the comments!