…to remember when traveling with an infant.
On our trip to Maine, I learned a few things about traveling with a baby on an airplane. It is so different than driving. I had to pair down and only bring the essentials and even then I still felt as though I had too much. It was easy having R with me to help out, but L and I are going to be making an airplane trip solo soon and I need to rethink a few things.
1. Toys, Toys, Toys…keep them distracted. We bought L some new “airplane” toys for our trip to Maine and she was so enamored with them the whole flight up, but by the time we boarded to head back home she was already bored with them. Note self: Save some for the trip home.
2. Pack as light as possible. I had a diaper bag and another bag that held my breast pump and computer…both were bulky and I wished I had somehow consolidated. I will need to consolidate for the next trip so that I only have one bag to worry about + L.
3. Babywear. I usually wear L everywhere except for walks around the neighborhood or long days out, so I opted to not even bring a stroller and just wear her. Best decision ever. I can’t imagine having one more thing to worry about. If you realize you must have a stroller upon arrival, you could always pick up a 20$ umbrella stroller.
4. Breastfeed (or bottle feed) when the plane is taking off and landing. We had a bottle of pumped milk on standby in case L did not want to breastfeed (she gets squirmy when there is a lot going on). She fell right to sleep as we took off and was pretty happy the whole 3 hour flight. We brought the boppy pillow and it really helped keep her comfy while eating, napping, and playing.
5. Change their diaper before boarding. I know accidents happen and you might HAVE to change their diaper while in the air but the changing table is super tiny and dirty. I was trying to keep her little hands from touching everything while changing her diaper on a fold down table over the toilet in a tiny, tiny, bathroom. Not fun. Change before, unless necessary.
Also, I brought disinfectant wipes to wipe down the area we were seated in (windows, table, arm rests etc.) because airplanes are covered with germs and L has some grabby hands. She of course wanted to touch everything and I was glad that I had wiped them down.
Thats all…for now.