WRAP: Solly Baby (similar style, my exact color sold out) | TOP: similar HERE or HERE | JEANS: Express | SHOES: Superstars (mine are old, love THESE or THESE) | SUNNIES: Raybans | My beanie: GAP (color sold out) | Olivia’s beanie: Janie & Jack
There’s nothing I love more than a great adventure and Olivia by far is our greatest adventure yet! She has brought so much love and joy to our family we would be lost without her! I look forward to traveling the world with her and showing her all the beautiful things this world has to offer. It’s been so much fun taking her around our beautiful city of San Francisco and taking her to see the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. These are the memories I want to cherish forever!
About 2 weeks ago we flew for the first time with Olivia when we traveled back to Florida to visit family. I was so nervous to fly her for the first time I had knots in my stomach and everything! Looking back I don’t know why I was so nervous, I guess I didn’t want to be “that mom” with the screaming baby on the night flight keeping everyone up. I wasn’t sure if Livie would scream the whole time or sleep, how I would change her in the tiny airplane bathroom, how would I pack all her stuff, etc… well, everything worked out just fine and today I’m sharing 15 tips that helped me when flying with a baby! Maybe this list will help someone else with new mom anxiety.
- Call the airlines ahead of time to let them know you will be traveling with an infant on your lap. Babies fly free on your lap until 2 years old. You will need to bring a copy of the birth certificate with you so make sure you have that.
- Make sure to pack your wrap or baby carrier to keep your hands free. My favorite is my Solly Baby wrap. I had Olivia in the stroller through security but put her in the wrap before we boarded the plane. It made things so much easier being hands free and it really relaxed her being all warm and cozy with me. It was also an easy way to get through the airport on our layover and board our next flight. It also allowed me to get some sleep on the plane without worrying about how to safely hold my baby.
- Bring a travel stroller… its so much easier to get through the airport and while on vacation with a lightweight and easy to pack stroller. We use THIS easy frame stroller that snaps on super easily with our car seat. It was very easy to get through security and folded up small through the xray machine.
- Make sure to buy a nice cover for your car seat like THIS one for less than $25. We gate checked our car seat and stroller and put this cover on right before we boarded the plane. You never know where your carseat will be under the plane and what germs and dirt might make it into the seat where your baby will also be sitting. Also we flew into Houston for a layover and it was pouring down raining. There were a few other car seats that were soaked just from being brought up from underneath the plane. I felt so bad for the babies that had to sit in these soggy car seats.
- Bring a blanket for baby on the plane… one of our flights was freezing cold so I had Olivia in my wrap most of the time with this her blanket wrapped around her. THIS is my favorite baby blanket. Its so soft and we use it every day when we go on walks.
- Dress in layers both you and baby… one of our flights was really warm and the other was really cold. Plus we were coming from San Francisco where it was really cold and going to Florida where it was almost 90 degrees.
- If your baby is breast feeding make sure to bring your nursing cover so you can have some privacy while nursing on your flight. Olivia is on a mixture of breast milk and formula right now (long story), so I needed a way to easily bring formula on the flight. I brought a few bottles with nursery water pre measured in each and THESE to-go formula packets. It was so easy to mix up her food for feedings and not have to worry about ice packs or keeping the bottles cold. You simply add the packet to a pre measured bottle of water, shake it up and you’re ready to go.
- Make sure to offer baby a bottle, pacifier or boob during take off and landing so their ears can pop. When doing this we didn’t have any issues with Olivia crying.
- Put 2 diapers on baby for the flight. Blow outs happen due to the change in pressure and its not pretty! I wanted to add another layer of protection just in case. Also make sure to bring a spare outfit for baby and a spare top for you just in case of emergencies
- Have a separate little bag inside of your diaper bag with a changing pad, diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer so you can just take that little bag with you to the bathroom for diaper changes. The bathrooms are so tiny you really don’t have room for anything extra
- Bring snacks on the plane especially if you are breast feeding. My favorites are Cliff bars or the little individual little bags of nuts from Trader Joe’s
- Get to the airport early! It takes so much more time to get through security with a baby. Make sure your liquids are separated and your car seat and stroller need to go through the xray scan. I was able to walk through the metal detector carrying the baby but my hubby had to go through the scanner.
- If you are traveling with your breast pump make sure you pack it in your carry on bag. They are very expensive to replace and they are considered medical equipment so they can be in your carry on bag. I only brought the diaper bag and a small purse, my husband brought a backpack and we had the car seat and stroller.
- Make sure to ask your flight attendants for wings for your baby’s first flight! They will not give them out unless you ask and I plan on putting her wings in her baby book for her to have forever.
- My biggest tip….. DON’T STRESS. haha! I know it’s easier said than done. I seriously had knots in my stomach for hours before we left for the airport. We just got there with plenty of time to spare and it wasn’t that bad at all. You get to pre-board with a baby so at least you get to drop off your car seat and stroller and get settled into your seat before the rush of people board the plane. Everyone we met loved seeing the baby and no one complained or gave dirty looks when she fussed on the plane. Everyone was so nice and understanding, plus she slept most of the flight. We took the red eye so she could sleep most of the time. The plane was nice and dark and the noise was very relaxing to her as well. Now that I know what to expect I’m very excited for our next trip with our little babe!