These in flight survival skills will work for a newborn through 8 month old.
In May we went to Hawaii to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It was so much fun! We have so many awesome memories of our first family vacation. While planning the trip, the flight time was a big concern for us. We didn’t want to be in over our heads on a super long flight with a 5 month old. We were thinking about Thailand but we decided to go there when we didn’t have a baby in tow. So Hawaii it was! We ended up having two legs, 2.5 hours from Denver to San Francisco and 5.5 hours from San Francisco to Maui. 8 hours total.
Packing the diaper bag reminded me of packing for a backpacking trip. I started out with a large pile, knowing I wouldn’t be able to bring everything. I had to down size the pile of baby gear twice before finally settling. It’s funny, the first time I went backpacking I brought my hair brush and M&Ms, but not enough sunscreen or water. lol It’s one of those experiences you have to get through and then you understand what is really valuable to pack and what you can probably live without.
My main concern with flying was not getting pooped on. My husband was more worried about the baby fussing and passengers getting annoyed. Luckily neither happened!
I think the one most important things to pack for a flight with your baby is a good attitude. Your confidence and expectation that everything will go great will definitely be passed on to your baby. If you’re stressed and freaking out your baby will probably pick up on that, so just take a deep breath and repeat, “We’ve got this!”
Another thing to keep in mind is that when you travel with a little baby, it’s like having a golden ticket! Sometimes going through security we didn’t have to take off our shoes or take our liquids out. They actually let us cut in front of long lines because we had a baby with us! Since she was in the Ergo Carrier they swiped my hands for explosives each time but never touched my baby or made us go through scanners. People will stop to talk to your little bundle of joy and you’ll hear passing comments like, “Aww! First Flight!” or “Look! Baby!” It’s kind of fun!
This is what I packed in the diaper bag for our journey:
- Ergo Performance Baby Carrier
- 2 receiving blankets
- One burp cloth
- 2 backup footie PJs (preferably zip up)
- One backup Mommy shirt
- 2 teething toys (I recommend the Nuby Silicone Teether with Case and Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys)
- 2 binkies
- 8-10 diapers (way over prepared but they didn’t take up too much space)
- One pack of wipes
- One baby washcloth
- 2 plastic grocery bags (for containing soiled clothes)
- Munchkin Pacifier Wipes (for teething toys and binkies that fell on the floor)
- Wet Ones Hand Wipes
- Clorox Wipes (to wipe the changing pad after using the public changing table, or wipe the seat back tray table)
- 1 new toy with buttons, music and/or lights
- 1 touch and feel book
- Goody bags for passengers close to us (candy, earplugs and a note from the baby).
People watching will surely provide a lot of entertainment for your baby. Don’t be tempted to pack the entire toy box! In flight service items such as the little plastic cup, napkins and magazines in the seat back will probably be more enticing than toys that your baby is familiar with.
I dressed Baby Babe in light, cotton footie pajamas. A cozy one piece with a zipper means no fussing with socks, snaps, or pants that need to be adjusted. Because of my fear of being pooped on, about 15 minutes before boarding I did a double diaper: one regular diaper and a second diaper which I put on backwards (with the tabs towards her back). There is more area covered this way and I hoped that if there was a blowout it wouldn’t go through two layers. I used my Ergo Baby Carrier which I love so much and she was already used to being snuggled in. I knew that she could nap in the Ergo with the hood over her head AND, with her in the carrier she was less likely to be poked and prodded by adorning (germy) strangers at the airport. When it was time to board I layered a receiving blanket under her bottom in the Ergo, in case of EPIC blow out that could seep through two diapers and her PJs.
Guess what?? It happened! She pooped through all of those layers on the first leg! Thank goodness I was prepared. The receiving blanket was messy but I didn’t have to change! I was able to use the baby washcloth to clean her up in San Francisco and the plastic grocery bag held the aftermath until we got to Maui.
Here’s our goody bag that we made for the passengers around us. My mom is a flight attendant and told me about the idea. She pointed out that if people get candy, it’s like you’re their best friend. It’s true! We passed out the goodie bags and the passengers around us were so excited and thought it was so clever! And they got their chocolate fix. No one had to use their ear plugs that I know of… unless they wanted to drown out the few times that Baby Babe giggled really loud.
Copy/ Paste the poem for your flight:
My name is ******** and I can’t wait for this flight,
I’ll try to be good with all of my might!
On our way to ******** I thank you for your patience
My parents are hoping that I’m not high maintenance.
Just in case I struggle and cannot sleep,
Here are some treats and earplugs for you to keep!
I hope my tips help you along your journey. I would love to hear about your flights with your baby!
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