If you’ve ever been stuck on a flight with a screaming baby in the row in front of you and thought to yourself, “why can’t those parents just shut that baby up”, I’ve got some bad news for you. Karmatically, that thought all but guaranteed you would become the parent with the screaming baby on a plane. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but if you have a young child and travel regularly, there’s a pretty high likelihood that said child will, at some point, cry on the airplane. And inevitably, another passenger will have the same thought you had all those years ago. And it will make you feel better to know they are messing with their future airplane baby karma.
My husband and I took Foodie Baby on his first plane ride when he was nine days old and by the time we celebrated his first birthday Foodie Baby had been to California (three times), Wyoming, Massachusetts, New York (twice), Costa Rica, and Wisconsin. Traveling with an infant requires different tools than traveling with a toddler, but I think we’ve got both down to a science, which is good because Foodie Baby 2 will be here in a few months!
As with most things, fear of the unknown seems to cause the most anxiety for parents traveling with kids for the first time. I am going to try to put your mind at ease by giving you some general information about what to expect at the airport and on the flight with your kid. You can also review my infant and toddler travel essentials to get an idea of what to pack for travel with young children. Most often, the questions I get from parents are about travel gear and airport security requirements, so I’ve tried to pay extra attention to those areas in my posts.