(Closed) nervous about flying with my three month old

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
7522 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

sorry if I don’t hit all your questions – but here is what I do when traveling- and I’ve traveled a lot with my babies! 

1) check the car seat and any big luggage at the counter- less to carry through security etc.

2) Take the stroller to the gate and let them check it from there- it will be waiting for you as soon as you get off the plane- ask them to check it to your   layover city so it doesn’t go all the way through to your final destination .

3) I would not bother with a nursing pillow.

4) I always pack a lot of diapers- 1 per hour of traveling just in case (including any car rides). Also, extra outfits- because I have had a child have a poo-cano at 30,000 feet!

hope that helps!

Post # 3
46662 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If the car seat attaches to the stroller, there is no reason to check it in separately at check-in. Gate check them both. It is handy to keep them for moving around the terminal  while you wait between flights.

Post # 4
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Plus I’ve heard they are not always careful with car seats when you check them.

Post # 6
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

envirobride:  I would definitely say gate check the car seat and stroller, it is going to be easier getting through the airport with baby in the stroller and then checking at the gate right before u get on 🙂 as for the pillow I say bring it! If it gets in the way u could always put it in the overhead bins 🙂

Traveling with a younger infant is soooo much easier so don’t worry! It’s when they get big and can walk and stuff when it becomes a pain…for my daughter anyways (who hates sitting still!!) Lol good luck u will do great!!!

Post # 7
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s far safer to fly with a baby in their own seat, secure in the car seat, than with baby in arms, plus you get extra carry on bag allowance for the baby.

Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I took two transcontinental flights with my baby when he was 2-4 months old, and he flew on more than 20 flights before he was one. 


My suggestions:

Skip the nursing pillow. It’s giant and clunky and will be impossible to carry on the plane. Practice nursing without it and try a normal bed pillow at your destination.

A nursing cover might be helpful for your comfort and the passenger(s) next to you. 

If you’re nursing, you’ll probably be drinking a ton of water and nice flight attendants will often fill your water bottle instead of a tiny cup.


Carseat and stroller can both be gate checked without separate bags. They might get a little dirty, but are generally handled carefully. Don’t forget to take off any attachment pieces that could fall off during transit (my Britax stroller and attachable carseat has these and they can break off if they’re not removed prior to travel). 


Wraps take up less space than ergo-style carriers, but I’d take whichever one is more comfortable for you/baby. I switched from a wrap to Baby Bjorn at around 3 months. I usually put baby into the carrier after I took him out of the stroller to board the plane, leaving me with free hands to disassemble and fold the stroller, stow carry ons, and get settled. Other passengers will always offer to help. Keep in mind that if there are side-by-side extra seats on the plane they’ll generally give you one for baby and carseat if you ask nicely, and then you don’t need the carrier.


Diapers: I always took one per 2 hours of door to door travel and never needed this many. Until he was about 6 months old, my baby slept through the majority of most flights. Not all domestic planes in the US have changing tables, so try to change baby in the airport whenever possible (Delta is especially bad for this). “Family” restrooms in the airport are a blessing for moms traveling alone as you can haul all your stuff plus baby plus stroller into the bathroom and lock the door. Don’t forget extra wipes for you, baby, and any surfaces of the plane you might want to wipe off.


Clothes: I always pack two changes of clothing for baby and one for myself (bra and shirt). I’ve been spit up on mid-flight and it was great to be able to change! 


Don’t ever forget that it’s normal for babies to cry. Try to help the situation as best you can, but don’t get too upset about it yourself. We’ve all been on planes with screaming babies but the experience is generally short-lived and quickly forgotten. 


Good luck with your travels!

Post # 9
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

envirobride:  Don’t be nervous, it’s not as overwhelming as it seems!

My advice for you is to bring your stroller with the carseat attached (I’d leave the stroller seat at home to eliminate the hassle of traveling with it) and gate check them both.  You don’t need a bag if you can’t afford it, it will be just fine. You can get a travel bag for $10 at BRU for the carseat though. It’s pretty much a glorified trash bag.  In fact. you could just put it in a trash bag for  minor protection if you wanted.

I’d definitely bring your carrier. When you’re traveling alone it’s nice to have your hands free (for carrying your things down the jetway – but if you need help, ask the person taking your boarding passes if they can carry your stroller/car seat down for you. They’ve always been willing to help me!)  It’s definitely nice to have the stroller if you need to go to the bathroom and to wheel your things around, even though it’s a bit of a pain having to gate check it.

When I travel alone I usually wear baby through security since it’s easier to put all your gear up on the belt.  They’ll just swipe your hands as extra precaution.

Leave the pillow, it’s just one thing more to deal with and you don’t really need it.  

As for diapers, I have 10 on hand at all times, just in case!  I’d plan for 8-10/day but I would just bring some for the flight and buy more when you arrive at your destination. Also, be sure to pack an extra pair of clothes for baby and an extra shirt for yourself in your carryon if baby is a spitter!

Good luck! Don’t stress! It’s not that bad. I’ve done it 5 or 6 times alone now from the time baby was 6 weeks old. 

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