- Mrs. DG
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2009
We went to Salt Lake City to buy a house a week ago, which meant Cecilia’s first flight and a weekend of travel with a 6 week old.
Needless to say, I wasn’t fully prepared despite my best efforts, so I thought I’d start a thread on what one might need to travel with an infant.
The short of it is that you need virtually everything that your infant uses at home… but that’s not realistic.
Given that Ceci is so young, we decided to forgo the stroller and just rely on our Lovey Duds babywearing wrap. I highly recommend avoiding the stroller if you can and it worked really well for us. We brought our carseat because we didn’t trust the rentals at the car rental company. You don’t need to bring the base which makes things much easier! You can gate check the car seat, and that made things simple. We ended up checking no baggage so that we just scooped up the car seat and went on our way.
Getting through security:
1) be ready for a crazy few minutes juggling all your crap!
2) place the car seat on the conveyer belt upside down.
3) Make sure they don’t have the full body scanner that you walk through (SLC does, Seattle didn’t), because you and the baby will need to get patted down. They’ll make you take the baby out of the babywearing carrier.
4) Make sure your airline doesn’t require a birth certificate (Southwest does, Delta doesn’t)
5) You can’t babywear on take off and landing 🙁 I’ve heard no less than 4 reasons for this, but I think the basic gist is that the flight attendants don’t understand it, and so don’t want us to do it. They told me it’s so they could perform CPR on me if needed.
6) If you pump on a daily basis, please bring a pump… Even if it’s a hand pump. I didn’t and Ohmygod I regretted it. I can’t even tell you how much.
7) If you give your baby bottles, continue to do so at least once in a while on your trip. We didn’t and now Ceci refuses a bottle. It only took a short amount of time for her to forget how to drink from a bottle and now we’re struggling mightily to reintroduce it, but she’s having none of it!
8) Plan your days so that your baby isn’t out and about too much in the heat of the day. We spent our days seeing 16 houses each day, and it was rough in 90+ degree heat. We kept her covered and luckily she slept in the heat.
9) We brought our co-sleeper, but it’s little.
10) Bring tons of clothes and burp cloths, no opportunity to do laundry while traveling!
That’s all I’ve got, but hopefully you all have some tricks too!