Have a first time flyer?!
I wrote this blog post 4 years ago and my tips I still use every time I fly! Ever been on a flight where all you want to do is sleep and all you hear is a baby screaming and screaching at the top of its lungs??! Yep! We’ve all been there. And if you haven’t, oh you will! I traveled with all my kids when they were newborns, infants and toddlers. And now with my last, Kali who is 8 months old, I kept my same tips for flying!
Here’s 8 tips to help you have a smooth first flight with baby!
1. Fully stock the Diaper Bag! Pack as much as they’ll let you bring in your diaper bag. Trust me, you will be happy you packed that extra bib or fluffy stuffed animal. Extra food, bottles, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, sanitizer, change of clothing, bibs, spoons, a baby blanket and toys. Seriously! Bring enough for your plane and getting to your destination. Bring what you need. You can buy more when you get there.
2. Strategic Seating! That’s right! Pick your seat at the front of the plane! Be the last one to board so you can get on and just go. Also, so you can be the first one off the plane! The airplane will always want you to board first with children because you need more time but trust me boarding last means that’s less time you have to entertain your kids in a small confined space.
3. Strategic Feedings! Try to stay on your routine as much as you possibly can but I always strategically feed my baby either right before we board (hence when everyone else is boarding) or if baby isn’t hungry, right when I get on the plane so baby will sleep the whole flight. If baby isn’t sleepy then feed when plane is going up. This will help so babys ears won’t pop due to pressure going up. I always plan this to the minute. All of my babies have feed right before we board, right on plane or as plane is going up. For the love of god, make sure when ascending or descending, your baby is either eating, drinking or sleeping. You will have a happy fed baby who sleeps the whole flight. Trust me! Plan this to a T!
4. Plan a Morning Flight! I’ve done both, a morning flight and an evening flight, and the evening flight was just torture. You want to stay on schedule as much as possible. All babies and kids are usually up by 8. Get up and go. That’s my best advice. You’re not going to be able to persuade your baby and kids to sleep in because you have a 4pm flight. Our last flight we took at Christmastime was at 4pm. And it was hell. Between the delayed flights, our connection , drive home, we never got home until midnight. If that sounds rough, imagine what that’s like on the kids.
5. Wear Pajamas! It’s easier to dress a baby in a footsie pajamas because you won’t have to worry about shoes, socks falling off, pants riding up and legs getting cold. It’s just easier. Zipper pajamas too! Skip the snaps. Snaps are way too time consuming when you’re in a rush.
6. Bring a Stroller or Baby Wrap! We didn’t bring a stroller this past trip because my mom had one waiting for us but it definitely helps so kids don’t have to walk and if gives your arms a break. Don’t check the stroller, leave it at the gate before you board so you can take it in the connection flight. If you don’t need a stroller bring your baby wrap. I highly recommend the Solly Baby Wrap. It’s light weight, easy to roll up and keep in my diaper bag. I also use the Ergo Baby. I can use it until my mini reaches up to 45 pounds. I put the wrap on me so when I’m in the airport I just put baby in and go. Hands free. It’s the best invention.
7. Bribery! I brought enough teething toys and stuffed animals for my baby. But also had snacks, toys, iPod, and a laptop for my son. My husband downloaded some movies and both my kids watched the movie the whole time happy as can be. A lot of planes nowadays have the built in movie player in the seat in front of you so everyone can watch movies. Don’t forget ear buds. Bring what you can to have a peaceful and happy flight. And if you don’t, at least you can have a much needed drink on the flight.
8. Roll with it! Even if you do all this to a T and you still have a crying baby, sometimes it just happens. I had a screaming toddler once and it was awful. But flights don’t last forever, and you will get through it. Sometimes baby will scream it out because it helps their ears pop. You may have delays, even canceled flights like mine, and ya just gotta roll with it, stay positive and stay calm. After all, our kids feed off of our energy.
I suggest taking a morning flight over an afternoon or evening fight.
Bringing a baby wrap is a game changer.
Kali liked looking out the window.
Built in screens in the seats are helpful these days. We watched Toy Story. Or attempted it.
Planning a nap during the flight is key!
Makes for a happy baby!
Let your baby explore. What you find boring might be interesting to your baby. Just remember to wash hands and sanitizer after.
I hope these tips help!! Happy flying!