One of my favorite trips we have taken as a family of three was to Florida when Hadley was 4 months old. Hadley and I were flying down to meet Kyle (my husband), who was already down there for a work trip.
Needless to say I was freaked out. I love traveling, but let’s be honest, I get anxious traveling alone, let alone flying for the first time with a 4 month old! So I took to (of course) pinterest to find blogs from different moms with their tips and tricks. I pulled together all this information for my sanity – and I’ve had so many friends ask for this list, I thought I would share it with you in hopes to make your infant traveling experience easy and anxiety free! 🙂
BRING THESE ON THE PLANE:
- Wipes to clean up and disinfect table/seat on airplane
- 1 change of clothes for baby (for an explosion or spit up incident)
- 1 change of clothes for mama (see prior bullet, ha!)
- Changing pad
- Doggy plastic bag to place poopy diaper in on plane (helps to cover up the stink!)
- Rattle, nook, book, etc.
- Baby carrier (this is so important so you can have your hands free!)
- Nursing cover or blanket to cover the child from light when napping
TIP: Make sure to either nurse or give a bottle on take off and landing! It helps to keep their ears from popping – and hopefully will get them to sleep!
PACK THESE IN YOUR CHECKED BAG:
- More clothes for baby than you think for explosions
- 2 sets of sheets for crib/pack and play at hotel
- I’ve found it helps to bring a blanket/lovey, stuffed animal they are familiar with, and even your sound machine if you can. Anything to make them feel like they are at home, really!
- All the other typical items (diapers, wipes, clothes, bath supplies, etc.)
TIP: If you’re traveling with a stroller and have a travel bag for it, stuff diapers, shoes, anything extra in it! They don’t weigh it so it’s a good way to get the heavy stuff out of your suit cases!
WHAT TO WEAR, MAMA: Think comfy. I wore my favorite lulu yoga pants, a nursing tank and a sporty (SUPER COMFORTABLE) sweater that was easy to nurse in, or pull off when I got too hot. I can’t stress enough how important it is to dress for comfort and in layers – especially if you’re traveling with your babe alone!
WHAT TO WEAR, BABY: Think layers. Airplanes are usually either freezing or sooo hot (#amiright?!). I put Hadley in her typical baby leggings and a soft shirt. My nursing cover worked as a blanket when the plane got chilly, too!
OK NOW THESE ARE KEY:
- Make sure your ticket says infant in arms (you can get this added by calling or going on your airlines website. It doesn’t cost anything, just something the airline needs to be aware of. If you don’t do it ahead of time, they can add it when you check-in usually)
- Bring a sound machine for the hotel room so it sounds like home/allows you guys to talk after baby is asleep!
- The changing station (if there is one) on the airplane is behind the toilet. Otherwise you have to change diapers on the toilet 🙄. Another good reason to bring disinfected wipes and a changing pad!
- If you are renting a car, reserve a carseat through the same company. This way you only have to worry about bringing a stroller and will make it way easier on you. Promise!
Lastly, ENJOY IT! People are so kind and accommodating, and really do offer a helping hand when they are able. I promise it will be so worth it to make special memories with your new baby!