Traveling with a baby? See our must-have items and best travel tips for flying with a baby.
Last week was our first real trip…on a plane with baby on board! It was a HUGE deal for me since I’ve been super selective and careful when it comes to traveling with baby. I mean he is in fact still a baby, so outings are BIG deal.
We were on our way to Seattle to turn a business trip into an extended weekend with family. And we had a great time, despite the signature rainy weather that frequents the city, checking out the local aquarium, zoo and children’s museum.
While our trip wasn’t free from little hiccups, there were a handful of tips that made the trip much more comfortable. I’d like to share those helpful travel tips with you, so you can keep them in mind if you’re flying with a baby or toddler for the first time.
Travel Tips for Flying with a Baby
1. Baby and Toddler-Friendly Snacks
These little snacks were a God-send during our flight! Anytime Chili became antsy, I just gave him a handful and he gobbled them up! I especially love the organic Happy Puffs brand. They are super healthy and come in a variety of flavors from spinach to apples and bananas. Can’t go wrong with these as long as baby is 9 months+. They not only dissolve in the mouth, but are the perfect size for those tiny hands eager to grab everything in sight!
2. Sanitizer Essentials
When it came to eating out, we couldn’t pass up all the local seafood specials and restaurants around us…we just needed a way to make it work for our kid.
Luckily, I spotted these handy tabletop covers that were ideal for the occasion! On the one hand, they tackle the issue of germs and at the same time provide endless entertainment for baby while you enjoy your meal!
3. Baby Travel Gear
I knew traveling — ahem — flying with baby wasn’t going to be stress-free, but little did I know there would be a few perks here and there during boarding. For starters, anyone traveling with an infant (under age 2) can pre-board! And the other great thing is that you can check your strollers at the gate before getting on the plane! Since we were also renting a car, having the convenience of a car seat on board, allayed some of my concerns.
One thing I definitely didn’t get right, was onboard entertainment. I only packed a couple of toys in my carry-on because I knew I didn’t have much space to work with: a short book, a teether and stuffed animal. Thought that would be enough…until I realized 5 hours on a plane can get boring for a baby! If I could do that one over, I think I would be sure to find something like a mini puzzle or contraption that could keep baby interested for more than 60 seconds! Whoops.
5. Milk Supplies
By far the greatest secret for newbie mommy and baby travelers? Feeding during take-off and landing! I did my research on this one and found it ideal for alleviating pressure change issues in the ears! So I packed my nursing cover and timed my feeding well. Worked like a charm! (Note: If baby won’t feed precisely on time, try giving him a few snacks to munch on instead!)
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.