Keaton is 9 months old now, and last year we traveled more than ever, smart right?! LOL! We did, however, pick up a few tricks & tips to hopefully make it easier on you if you plan to travel with a baby. This trip to Colorado will be our first long road trip with him (I am terrified, but rental cars are outrageously expensive so we are not flying).
If you can, leave right after they eat!
Girl, maximize that time in between feedings! Especially if you are working your way through airport security, traveling is stressful. You do not want to be worrying about heating a bottle up or trying to hold them to your boob and still get everything done!
Lots of pacis
I know this is sort of a no brainer, but if you don’t put it on the list our mom brains won’t remember. If they aren’t fans of pacifiers, bring some good teethers!
Don’t bring the rattling or singing ones if you’re going on a plane. The last thing you want to do is get into an argument with someone or feel like you have to explain yourself. Any small toys that can keep their hands/minds busy for maybe 5 minutes will do!
If you’re flying
As soon as you get on the plane have the flight attendant bring you a cup of steaming water so you can heat that bottle up (if you breastfeed, you’re obviously ready to go). Once you start taking off, start feeding. If they suck it down within 2 minutes like mine, wait until you’re at a good altitude where the pressure if getting a bit stronger. This helps with the ear popping and change in pressure. If they just will not eat, I have heard a paci works too!
Seriously. Don’t worry about packing light for a baby. Bring a bunch of extra clothes, bibs, burp rags, all of it. I normally wait to buy diapers once I get to my destination because that really does take a up ton of room. The diaper bag can hold enough for the time it takes to get there! As far as everything else though, babies are super messy, they get food everywhere, spit up, get into everything, you’ll only regret if you don’t have enough.
As much as you prepare yourself as you get on the pane to chew someones butt out the second they say something about your screaming baby, people honestly and truly understand. More than likely, everyone will be kind and courteous because they know it’s not easy. If it gets to the point that you’re miserable and stressed, order a glass of red (or hey maybe one of those mini whiskeys?!) it’s fine!
Thanks for reading!