Emily and I took our first flight recently and I thought I’d share a few tips in case you are traveling with an infant soon (or ever!).
I took David, my oldest, on his first flight when he was only a few months old and then took a handful of flights with both boys as well. I’d say we are pretty seasoned travelers, and a lot of those flights were just myself and the kids because Justin used to travel a lot for his previous job.
Traveling with just Emily recently went very smoothly and was honestly a lot easier than traveling with toddlers or pre-school kids to be honest!
I put her in the Happy Baby Carrier for ease while going through security and while we were on the airplane. In my daily life I use both this carrier and a soft, fabric wrap but I chose the Carrier because it was a lot faster to take on and off, and I could easily unclip her while we were taking off and landing as she apparently cannot be in the wrap during those times according to flight attendants.
This carrier was comfortable and super easy to wear once I figured it out. Each carrier or wrap has different features and I was glad that I was told about this video so I could make sure I was wearing the carrier correctly. Once I had Emily in it properly, it was very comfortable and easy. She slept the entire time and I didn’t have to make a single adjustment!
My parents have a car seat and stroller since we visit so frequently, but if for any reason I needed to travel with either of those items I would check them so I didn’t have to hassle with it while getting on and off the plane.
Here are a few additional things that made the experience so easy:
One. Using a backpack style diaper bag. I’ve been using this bag for a few months and have been so pleased with it. It has plenty of room without being too large or heavy, and so many pockets I don’t even fill them all up! Here is a budget option that has thousands of positive reviews.
Two. Bringing a hand pump if you are nursing, or extra formula if you are using that! Emily is on a fairly regular routine but I sort of threw that out the window on travel morning. I nursed her then topped her off with a bottle of pumped milk before we left so she was full and happy. Then she slept the entire way to the airport, through security, and for the majority of the flight. About 30 minutes before we landed she started stirring so I woke her up and nursed her as we were landing. I was glad to have the pump with me, even though I didn’t use it, in case I needed it.
Three. Packing snacks for myself, or baby if he/she is old enough. Between diaper changes and soothing an upset baby, there may not be time to grab a snack for yourself so pack one ahead of time. I always keep a few granola bars in my diaper bag (and purse too!) so I can quickly eat something in case I get hungry.
Beyond these items, the necessities like diapers, wipes, burp cloths, pacifiers, etc. are all things that should go in your diaper bag.
I like to dress comfortably and always bring a sweater with me when I travel. I’ve had this sweater for years and not only is it perfect to keep me warm, but I could also wrap Emily in it when she’s not in the carrier or wrap.
For when you arrive to your destination, bringing along a portable bassinet like the DocATot would be easy. You could put it in the bottom of your suitcase and pack around it, or get a travel case for it. Emily naps in this but doesn’t sleep at night in it yet.
The whole thought of traveling with an infant can seem overwhelming, but as long as you a prepared it can be a lot smoother than you may imagine. I’ve also found that people are so helpful when they see that you are alone with a baby, so don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it, or accept it when it’s offered.
This post was sponsored by Happy Baby.