Traveling: Flying with a child : Tips & Tricks

Monday, July 8, 2019

When you have a baby, your whole life flips upside down. A two-hour trip suddenly turns into a massive undertaking because it’s really amazing how much gear one tiny little person requires! Add to the fact that parents of babies are often exhausted, and taking a big trip with a little passenger can seem pretty overwhelming.

I have been there and just recently too! In this post I am going to share some tips and tricks on how to make flying with your child a little less crazy.

Also, there’s no need to try to remember every little piece of equipment on your own – I made this amazing Packing List for Traveling with a Baby just to make your lives a little easier. (check it out here)
From that packing list- I have linked some of my favorites: Check them out on my App (Search under Influencer - Alyssa Tatesure) some of my travel favs. From there you will have direct access to the items/websites to make them easy to purchase!

Tips and Tricks: Flying with an Infant/Toddler
My TOP 7 recommended items:

  • Baby carrier is going to be your lifesaver, especially if you are traveling alone! My recommendation is the ErgoBaby360! 
  • Lightweight Travel Stroller- you will be able to take this all the way to the gate and gate check it at no cost. The one I have linked below is the 3D Summer Infant. It's super lightweight and folds up really quickly without taking up much space.
  • Kids Tablet/iPad - Preload it with games/videos just in case there is no internet to connect to. We have this tablet and its available on Amazon. *Another trick that works with Emily- is scrolling through my videos/photos on my phone. That child LOVES looking at herself. Haha. 
  • Kids Bluetooth Wireless Headphones- Something just good to use if your child will wear them.
  • Diaper Bag- Highly recommend a backpack version. This is the one we have and it stores a lot of stuff! In ours we put the bottles, formula, diapers, wipes, changing pad, extra binkies, medicine, travel bottle cleaning kit, and her snacks (puffs, BBQ pringles, and applesauce/fruit pouches). 
  • Kids Backpack- This is where I stored her coloring books, markers, stuffed animal, blanket, sweater, and her water cup.
  • Large Purse for you -(Check out my post on Carry On- Essentials for your purse Here)

Which seat to book when traveling and time of day:

If your child is on a schedule book your flight to take off around nap-time and hopefully you will have the most peaceful flight ever. The same goes for trying to book a flight late in the evening around bedtime so you child will sleep through the flight. 
We just recently flew to Maine, thankfully on a direct flight- we left so early in the morning that Emily slept the entire flight!

Window seats are best for infants. It is more private when you need to breastfeed, and gives a higher chance of napping and staying asleep due to less distraction.

Aisle seats are good for mobile babies as sometimes the airlines will let the babies walk/roam in the walkway a bit. JetBlue allowed Emily to stand and sit in the aisle way as long as they weren't going by with the cart. This allowed her a little extra freedom to move around.

If you can afford it and flights are not too expensive- book your child their own seat- it gives you the extra space. If this is not an option- looking into the Bulkheads seats will give you some extra space as well for them to stand and sit in the floor in front of you.

Getting through airport security:
First check as many bags as possible. This will limit what you need to get through security with.
For a carry on bag, again I highly recommend the Away luggage. The way the wheels move and glide so easily, it makes pushing a stroller and wheeling your luggage a breeze!

For your child- you are allowed to bring formula, bottles filled with water, and snacks. Have it all readily available though as they will require you to have it examined and make sure you place them all in their own separate bin. (This takes extra time, then just going through security so plan accordingly).

Formula: If you don't want to bring the big container (we checked ours in our large suitcase), I used the Formula Dispensers (brought 2- which would make a total of 6 bottles).

I really hope these tips help! Don't forget to check out my other posts:
The Ultimate Packing Checklist
Carry On Essentials: Purse Edition

If you have any tips or tricks you'd like to share, please leave a comment below and let me know! Parents helping Parents! We got this!

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