Post # 1
I am going to be taking my first flight solo with my 4 month old in 2.5 weeks. Needless to say, I’m already stressing out. Help me!
How do I combat fussiness on the plane/in the airport?
What do I need to bring with me? What do I not need to bring that I may think I do?
Do I need to get a cover for my carseat (we have a Britax)? Any recommendations? Do I check it or gate check it?
I’m sure there are more questions but this is all I can think of now. I guess it will be good practice for my family vacation to the Big Island later this year! 🙂
Post # 3
Flying with a four-month old is not too bad. Baby is not a newborn, nor mobile yet-yay! Bring at least two extra outfits and maybe an extra shirt for you in case of spillage. Bring more diapers than you think you might need. Bring extra bottles in case of flight delay. Or if you’re breast-feeding, even better and easier. A few toys for diversion and you’re pretty much set.
Oh, wet wipes (lots) and extra receiving blankets (can be used to clean up messes-just in case) One other thing, I suggest you bring the car seat on the plane. I always did this and it’s SO much easier than trying to balance a squirmy baby by yourself. You can eat, drink, etc. So much less stress. Most airlines allow for this if there are empty seats on your flight.
Worth checking out. Good luck:)
Post # 4
Thanks so much for you advice! Didn’t think about that regarding the carseat!
Also, for any cloth diapering moms that have flown/travelled… Did you bring a bunch of cloth diapers and detergent to use while away? If so what kind(s) are easiest? Or did you go the disposable route?
Post # 5
Still trying to decide if I’m flying with my almost 4-month-old next month. I know I need to decide ASAP so I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s replies. We only cloth diaper on the weekends but I think I’d just go the disposable route while away. I have nothing else helpful to add but I do think about those planes where folks get trapped on them for HOURS so I think I’d rather be over-prepared.
Post # 6
I just flew with my son who was just under 6 weeks. Definitely bring an extra shirt and bra for you. We barely made it through security when he spit up down my front. Thankfully I had extra in my carry on suitcase so I could change. I’d bring both warm and cooler clothes for baby, since the temperatures can change so much. Also a blanket was really helpful to cover me when i was nursing and to wrap him in and block out some of the light and stimulation to get him to sleep. We had to bring a stroller and carseat with us. Southwest gave us clear plastic bag to put the carseat in. But I had brought my own as well. You can only bring the carseat on the plane if you purchase an extra ticket for your baby or if the flight is not full and they will allow you to use an extra seat. I wouldn’t plan on it being an option, unless you buy an extra seat. I would definitely gate check the carseat. I would be really upset (and stuck!) if we got to our destination without a carseat. It’s a hassle to get it through the airport if you aren’t using a travel system, but imo it’s worth it. We also CD, but we used disposables while we were traveling. At home and for shorter trips we use a mix of flips and pockets. We have a planetwise hanging wet-dry bag that we use to take the diapers with us and store the dirty ones until we get home or can do a load of wash. I try not to wash unless we are home, but have in a pinch while we’ve been out. I just do an empty rinse cycle on hot after.
Good luck traveling. It really isn’t as bad as some make it out to be. Just plan as much as you can and make sure that the things you need are easily accessible (id/boarding passes, pacifier, liquids when going through security, burp cloths, etc…)
Post # 7
I have travelled a lot with our son, who is 9 months. It has honestly been pretty easy – I heard it gets much harder in toddler hood!
I def. recommend a cover for the car seat – its worth protecting from the grime of the luggage hold in the plane. Whether you check it with baggage (and put baby in a carrier) or bring through security is personal. I like not having to deal with it in the security line and I don’t mind having our son on our lap on the plane – and honestly, flights are so full, it can be hard to get a free seat! (check online or call if you want to get a better sense of whether you might score a free extra seat).
Bring enough of whatever you need if you get delayed. A pump, extra formula, plenty of diapers, changes of clothes, etc. Bring blankets for a cold plane. And I have a friend who travels with her boppy so her son can sleep on her lap. oh and a disposable changing pad can be really nice in case you have a messy situation to deal with 🙂 and if your baby uses a pacifier a clip to keep it on to his/her clothes is great…but extra pacifiers are good too!
Honestly its not that bad!!! Getting to the airport extra early makes the whole process much less stressful