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How to travel with infants

The trickiest part about infant travel is the unpredictable nature of both babies and flights.  If you try to time your flight around your baby’s nap time or bedtime, the flight will inevitably be delayed or your baby will have an off day.  We all dread that deep breath on the plane that means your tiny baby is about to emit a chorus of wails and screams much louder than you ever thought humanly possible for such tiny vocal chords that will make your fellow passengers hate you.  It might even make you hate yourself a little, but you know what?  It shouldn’t.

Even though it may seem like your baby is crying for an hour, he’s probably not.   And if he really is crying for hours, you probably have much more important things to worry about (your own sanity) than other people mean mugging you from across the aisle.  Some mommy bloggers recommend that you bring small bags of candy and ear plugs to place on the seats of passengers sitting around you with a note explaining that your baby is on a plane for the first time and asking them to have patience with him.  I bet these mommy bloggers spend hours on Pinterest (the website invented by Satan to show women like me how much we SUCK at being a good/creative/crafty/patient/organized mom).  If you have the time and the room in your carry-on to craft goody bags for complete strangers, go for it.  If you’re feeling like you’ll be lucky to get on the plane with your teeth brushed and two of the same shoes on like me, read on.

Here are the best things you can do to make flying with your baby a breeze:

  • Wear your baby: We prefer the baby bjorn infant carrier.  In fact, we used it until Foodie Baby was practically kicking our knees because his legs were so long.  It is really important to have your hands free and your baby contained at the same time while your traveling and people will probably judge you if you try to stuff your baby into a piece of rolling luggage.
  • Dress yourself and your baby in comfortable clothes.  Do NOT wear white.  Do NOT wear heels.  Do NOT wear a fabric that will absorb stains.  My husband has started trying to dress in dry fit from head to toe, not because it wicks sweat but because it repels stains.  The baby vomit and spilled milk just rolls off you.  I usually wear black leggings and dress in layers on top, including a wide scarf.  The scarf can double as a blanket or a nursing cover in times of need.  I try to wear slip on shoes so that I don’t have to mess with tying and untying them at airport security.  For

    babies, I prefer one piece, footed outfits.  There aren’t any shoes to lose and they have easy access for diaper changing.  Bring at least one extra change of clothes for your kiddo.

  • Nurse or bottle feed at take off and landing: the sucking will help ease the pressure on your baby’s ears.  You can bring breast milk and formula through airport security.  Read about airport security and kids here.  It might have the bonus side effect of putting him or her to sleep which is the best possible way to pass the time when flying with a baby.
  • Bring extra diapers…and wipes (duh).  I like to bring disposable changing pads as well because airport bathrooms are germ cesspools.
  • If your baby is eating solid foods, bring “squish foods”.  These little packets of organic fruits and veggies are great for travel.  You don’t even need a spoon!  Just squish them into the baby’s

    mouth.  Foodie Baby loves Ella’s Kitchen and Plum Organic.  I actually wish they made these for adults.  They are healthy, portable and the they taste pretty good (for baby food)!

Hope this helps as you travel.  Good luck!

 

Hip-E Foodie

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Allison
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This was almost me! I was supposed to fly this weekend with Lauren but I got sick. I was super nervous. Your tips are good ones. It would have never occurred to me to wear slip-on shoes.

Joanne Dooley
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Great blog and all true. Luke did great on long road trips , but was a little terror on planes. Once, I told a man “sorry I must travel with my baby, it’s too bad you can’t leave them home and let them fend for themselves.” Drew will be 10 months and has traveled in a plane 3 times before he was 6 months old and again a couple days after he turns one. He’s the best baby on the plane and it makes traveling alone with him less stressful. I’ve always dreaded having to use the bathroom inside if the plane, but u had to when I discovered that Drew blew up his diaper to the point where I had to change his clothes-even after I changed him just before I checked in . I had a plastic bag to put his clothes in and was pleasantly surprised to find a changing table in the bathroom. Most people were very helpful when they discovered that I was traveling with an infant. I used the Bjorne on short trips and both Bjorne and stroller in longer trips.
One airline asked me for baby’s birth certificate or shot record. Thankfully, I had that information on my computer and was able to provide it, but I was not expecting that since no one asked for it in previous flights or on my return flight. (Maybe she thought that I stole the baby… Idk)

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