Tips on Traveling with an Infant (Planes and Extended Car Travel)

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Okay, so I traveled in April with my baby who had just passed 6 months at the time. We flew from Seattle to Toronto and back, and it went pretty well, so I can at least talk about the flying aspect!

For transport, I brought her in her infant car seat with a snap and go stroller base. If you don’t have one of these, it’s worth it to buy one on Craigslist before you travel. They’re like $20, and PERFECT for flying since they just collapse into almost nothing. You don’t want to be lugging a big heavy travel system along. You’ll take the whole thing through security, and then you check it at the gate. Get a big plastic bag for the car seat when you check in, and as you get on the plane, you put the car seat in the bag and leave it up on the jetway. So you’re only without your stroller while you’re actually on board the plane.

Food: I decided to pack along those expensive pre-mixed formula bottles. It just seemed easier to me to do this rather than try to mix bottles of formula on the plane. You are allowed to bring these liquids through security — just need to let them know when you go through.

Bring a pacifier for the takeoff and landing. My DD didn’t seem to have much trouble, but she’s an easygoing baby anyway so it might have just been that she didn’t care. As for activities on the plane, DD was happy just standing on my lap, jumping, playing with toys, and doing whatever. Since she wasn’t mobile yet, it was a breeze. I also brought my Ergo carrier along, and when she needed a nap I just strapped her in and walked the aisle til she fell asleep, then sat back down in my seat and did whatever I wanted while she napped against my chest. Was nice to be hands-free for that.

I have no advice for the car ride, though — I imagine baby will need some breaks from being strapped into the car seat for so long, but no clue how often. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We just got back from our first big trip with our 9 month old. If your LO takes a paci, that works for the ear issue on taking off and landing. I nused her on takeoff, and she slept the entire way (on each flight–total was 4), so entertaining wasn’t a huge issue. But, just in case definitely take some NEW toys, books, snacks (my LO is really into “puffs” right now). 

Also, yes! Take both parts of your travel system. They’ll check your car seat base for free, too–so did not realize that! We still took our Ergo to wear the baby so that we could use the stroller to cart around our carry-on’s! Have fun! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

For the flight, carry on an extra pair of clothes for yourself incase of blow outs or big spit ups. I put a reusable swim diaper over DD’s diaper incase she did have a blow out so it would get “caught”. She didn’t end up pooping but i was glad i prepared with an extra layer. I also used paci clips for her small toys and clipped them to her so she couldn’t toss them on the ground. I packed an o-ball and a couple of lovies. I also used my baby carrier and wore baby on the plan and through security, it was easier than having her in my arms while walking through the airport and walking onto the plane. (If they flight isn’t sold out they will let you bring your carseat on for baby free of charge). 

As for the car ride, i have no suggestions. My DD hates the car we don’t drive more than 20 minutes away from home, good thing we live on an island and there aren’t many places to drive =) 

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