Baby’s First Flight. Some tips for air travel with your little one.

In May the little guy and I flew to New York for my sister’s graduation.  Since then we have flown a total of two roundtrips or seven total flights (that’s including stopovers). I was very nervous about our first flight, especially since I was flying standby with a five month baby. But now that I’ve had a little more experience flying with a baby I feel a bit more confident.

Here are a few things I have learned about flying with a baby:

  • Be patient with yourself
  • If you are planning on checking your stroller at the gate, you must take baby out of the stroller and hold him. The stroller must then be folded and put through the scanning machine like regular luggage
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is very hard to fold, pick up, and lift things while carrying a baby
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Try to rock baby and get him sleepy before boarding the plane because once the plane takes off that will be difficult
  • Sometimes you just need to whip out your boob to nurse…even if you are sitting in between two men in their mid 20s
  • It’s ok if your baby tries to talk to the man sitting next to you and sprays his spit on him. People are pretty understanding
  • Supportive comments from strangers help a lot
  • Did I mention be patient with yourself?

What about other moms out there?  Any tips and tricks you have about traveling with a baby?  If not tips and tricks, maybe experiences you would like to share? I would love to hear them.


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