Traveling with your baby…I’m sure it has crossed your mind but then an overwhelming panic follows closely behind. I traveled with my 10 month old and survived to tell about it. Here are the top 10 suggestions to consider when traveling with your baby:
10. Buy your baby his/her own seat!
It is worth the money, trust me. I don’t care how much you think you will love cuddling with them throughout the flight. It doesn’t mean you won’t hold them during the flight but at least have a place to safely secure them if you need a break, if your husband falls asleep, you have to pee or for the both of you to stretch out. (this is also best for meals, when you have a HUGE tray of food, you will be juggling the baby and tray. What's nice about some airlines, is that they will give you the row that allows you to reserve a bassinet and they will install it for you. It's like a little table that extends and they secure a mini bassinet on it. This is very handy if your baby wants to lay down and sleep. (We flew on British Airways, which offered this.) I also suggest a non-stop flight when you can. Don't forget to talk to a flight attendant about your child's first flight. They will give you a book that you can record all of the miles that your little one has flown and the captain will sign it.
9. Invest in collapsible stroller.
One thing I’ve learned is that most airlines won’t let you bring a two piece stroller to the gate, they make you check it. You don’t want to be left without a stroller…you’ll want to strap them in as long as possible without carrying them everywhere you go.
8. Buy the damn stroller & car seat bag.
It’s funny to watch families that don’t have one and they are trying to carry them as well as their luggage or they try to wrap the stroller in plastic. The bags have been a game changer for us, they hold everything together and can easily strap on your back or arm comfortably. You can find the car seat bag here and the stroller bag here.
7. Snacks & toys.
If your child is eating solids and snacks, make sure to bring enough, especially if your flight is longer than 2 hours. Airlines usually don’t carry baby friendly snacks and this will help hold over your little one. I didn’t take a ton of toys because I didn’t want to lug them around but be mindful of toys that make noise, you don’t want to get a stare down from your neighbor who is trying to sleep. Ones that you can connect to the seat are also great so you’re not having to pick them up 1000 times when your little throws it.
6. Extra clothes for you and baby.
We chose to take our son London to England for his first trip, 11 hours of nonstop travel!! I packed 3 changes of clothes as well as a pj for him. I didn’t realize that babies can get motion sickness. The last three hours of our flight, London projectile vomited on my husband & I. I was able to change him, but my husband and I had to sit in baby vomit drenched clothes for the duration of the flight. Tip: Children’s Tylenol helps with Flight Sickness*. On the way back, we gave it to him right before take off and he was good the rest of the flight *always consult with your doctor before giving your child Tylenol.
5. Invest in a comfortable baby carrier.
This was also a game changer for us. My husband and I were able to do all the sight seeing that we wanted without going back to the hotel for London’s naps. Regardless of where you’re going with your little one, a carrier will help keep him/her close to you and comforted during this new experience. 😀. Here is one of my favorites.
4. Book a hotel or Airbnb with a kitchen(ette)
Depending on the age of your little one this is super helpful for those long stays. When we were in Europe with London, he was already eating solids so a kitchenette in our hotel was great for us to keep eating consistent to what he was used to back home. We also obviously saved some money.
3. Get an inflatable bath for the tub
I know this could seem like it could be excessive however it worked great for me. My son was sitting up at the time but when the tub is wet, it’s very slippery so this helped him from sliding around. Another reason why I brought this is because I freaked out thinking about the tub not being super clean. 😱 While we were in Europe it also worked well for us because most of the rooms we stayed in only had showers. This fit perfectly in the sink or we used it in the shower. Find my favorite one here.
2. Don’t overpack your luggage with formula or diapers, research, they have it and they might be cheaper.
I’m guilty of this…I pretty much had one luggage full of all of my little ones formula, diapers, wipes, etc. I guess I was just thinking of consistency and the not having to go to the store as much. I also didn’t want to get London sick by changing up his formula. Even though I thought I calculated it right, we ran out of formula on the 2nd to the last day. After looking at all of the formula brands in England, I realized there were some that were almost the same but with a cheaper price tag.
1. There’s always wine…
I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one but don’t forget to hydrate as well.
At the end of the day, it won't be perfect but hopefully you will take something away from this post. Remember to just relax and enjoy yourself.