Flying with Baby? Tips for you!

I’m a fan of Disney Baby on Facebook (go figure right?) and yesterday they posted probably the most relevant article for a lot of my readers.  You get to the gate to board your flight and there is a baby screaming two rows over.  You cringe to yourself and curse yourself for leaving your earphones home (yeah I’ve done this more than once).  But what about the other side of this situation.  You have a baby.  You have to fly somewhere.  You already know this is going to be a painful experience.  How do you make it less uncomfortable?  Here are some tips!!!  Thank you Lauren Hartmann, you are a genius!

http://www.disneybaby.com/blog/10-tried-and-true-ways-to-make-flying-with-a-baby-a-little-bit-easier/

 

Book your flight during happy time

Before I flew with Fern for the first time I read about how everyone says you should book your flight to be during your child’s sleep times, but I totally disagree (unless you’re taking an international flight, in which case this may be a totally different story). I booked flights during Fern’s nap time and she was way too overstimulated to actually sleep on the flight which led to a fussy, grumpy baby. Instead I would suggest planning your flight during your baby’s happiest time of day. For us, that means in the morning or after nap time, but this will obviously look different for everyone.

 

Make a list and check it twice

Even if you’re not a list maker, making a list of things to pack in your carry-on bag will make life infinitely easier. There’s nothing like realizing when you’re already mid-flight that you forgot to pack a bottle or some other equally important item.

Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

Separate your carry-on items

I come prepared when it comes to a carry-on bag, but all of those well-thought-out items in my bag would be for naught if I couldn’t actually find them. I pack all my carry-on items separated into plastic storage bags so I can easily find everything I need. I suggest packing diapering supplies in one, toys/distractions in another, snacks in another and so on and so forth. The last thing you want is to be losing your stuff all over the plane.

Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

Board last

Before I flew with Fern for the first time I read a lot of blogs and forums that said you should board the plane first, but I beg to differ. Boarding last is a sanity saver. The less time you have to spend on a plane keeping your baby happy and entertained the better. I’ve tried boarding early AND boarding late and perfer boarding late at least 1,000 times more.

10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

Bring distractions…a lot of them

I actually just did a blog post over at Babble about what I’m packing in Fern’s carry-on, but needless to say you will want to be armed with plenty of distractions to keep your little one happy and full (never underestimate the power of a snack!).

Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

Sit apart

I don’t mean that you and your baby should sit separately, but if you’ll be traveling with a spouse, friend or relative, book your seats separate. This will allow you to trade off hanging out with your baby and give all of you a change of scenery as well as giving those sitting near you a break as well if your little one happens to be fussy.

Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

Stroll before you board

This was seriously the only way I could keep Fern happy at the airport. Getting to the airport two hours before your flight is all well and good, but it’s far less fun when you have to keep a child entertained during that time. The stroller was my life saver and it also helped me to tote around all of my carry-on and baby stuff.

Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

Get a window seat

This is an especially important tip if you are nursing (which I still am). A window seat will offer you a little more privacy while you’re nursing and seated next to strangers. It will also give you a little more liberty to spread out your baby supplies without worrying about things dropping into the aisle.  I’ve had aisle seats and window seats and I definitely prefer the window seats with a little one.

Nurse during take-off and landing

Nursing will help alleviate your little ones ear pressure from the quickly changing elevation. If you aren’t nursing, then give your baby a bottle, a binky or even a water bottle to encourage sucking which will help with ear pressure build-up.  (This was my mom’s magic trick also.  She would starve us … poor us… until we were sitting on the plane and ready for take-off.  Then she would shove a bottle in our mouths and we would be perfect angels.  Or at least that’s the way that SHE tells the story!)

What are your tried and true methods for flying sanely with a baby or a child?

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