A special friend e-mailed me saying she was traveling with her Angelnugget & wanted to know what I did with Bubs. I first traveled with him when he was 6 weeks old: by myself, with a stroller, carseat, ginormo carryon, AND LuLu. YIKES! If this doesn’t cross the coocoo line, I’m not sure what does.
So, you’re flying & pretty much wet your knickers just thinking about taking the dreaded flight! Exhale! Let’s break it down in baby steps…
1. OPEN SEAT – At the gate, ask if there are any rows with an open middle seat. Tell them you’re a “new” mother (better yet, if you breastfeed… pull out that card) and that you’d like your privacy. More room means less stress. You can sit in the window seat with your bag in the middle seat. It’s really nice. Chances are, if there’s an extra seat, they’ll accommodate you…
2. MILK IT – Bottle feed/nurse on take-off and landing. It helps calm babe down & releases pressure in their ears. I couldn’t LIVE without my hooter hider. And for those who bottle feed, the Tommee Tippee is awesome bc it holds your formula (dry) inside the bottle. Which means? You don’t have to worry about taking extra time through security. Amen.
3. CLOTHES – Dress him comfortably! Who says comfies can’t be adorable? LOVE both of these upcoming companies! Plus bodysuits make for easier diaper changes. Speaking of…
4. DIAPERS – Bring more than you think in your carry-on baby bag. For whatever reason they like to poo more in the air. Cabin pressure? Who knows. I put the dirty diaper in Arm & Hammer disposable diaper bags (as a courtesy to the other passengers). Before flying, practice changing him in the car while lying him on your lap. Don’t worry about what the other passengers think. You don’t want him picking up some NASTY sickness from the changing table in airplane bathroom. He’s your kid – you call the shots. Change him on your lap.
5. NEW TOYS – Simple little ones like wind up toys to play with on the tray table. They take up hardly any room in your bag & cost next to nothing (be sure you’re playing with it & not baby bc it has small parts). Bring things he hasn’t seen (he’ll be totally fascinated by them). Also bring some of his absolute favorites that are sure winners.
6. PACIFIER – is a must! I’m a die-hard Pacimal’s fan! It’s my #1 baby item & give it to all my prego friendlies.
7. ICE ICE BABY – I let him suck on small pieces when he was really fussy (he was 6 months at this point). It was something different & it worked.
8. BEAM ME UP – a flashlight that shines shapes/images. You shine it on the ceiling, tray table… you name it! Don’t be surprised if the other passengers (yes, adults too) start to be entertained by it! It’s totally normal to growl and squawk the corresponding noises. Let’s be honest everyone on the plane kinda feels like a caged zoo animal.
9. SWADDLE BLANKET – one that’s soft & lightweight. After he’s fed & has played a bit, wrap him up tight (while lying him on your lap). It’ll give him the best chance for falling asleep. A travel size sleep sheep can also help baby self soothe to fall asleep. Haven’t used one at home? I’m a BIG fan.
10. TRIPLE S – When all else fails, walk up and down the aisles following the 3 S’s – shhhing (in his ear), singing, and/or swaying!
Beyond all else, just relax. I know that seems crazy but when you’re stressed he’ll be. The more chill you can be… the better the flight will go. And regardless, you’ll eventually land and get there! Safe Travels!
Favorite Travel Goodies
- 1. Toby Tiger Organic Sleepsuit and Hat
- 2. Polarn O. Pyret Organic Stripe Romper and Booties
- 3. Hooter Hider (for breastfeeding)
- 4. Munchkin Diaper Bag Dispenser
- 5. Tommee Tippee Bottle
- 6. Pacimal Pacifier
- 7. Silhouette Flashlight
- 8. Sleep Sheep (also available in a Travel Size at some retailers)
- 9. Aden + Anais “Super Stars” Swaddle Blankets