These are a 5 tips on how to fly with a baby. Traveling with a baby can be stressful, especially if you have never done it before or are traveling alone. Over the weekend we flew to Chicago to watch the Cubbies clench the NLCS title and return on the World Series for the first time since 1945.
We decided to leave our oldest two boys and only take the baby with us. My husband was working during my flight out which meant that I would be flying with baby Gabriel by myself. I wasn’t worried because over the years I have developed a few tips for flying with a baby alone. Here is a list of what I do to ensure that all goes well and smooth.
1 Utilize the Stroller: I know, it’s big, annoying and will get in the way. But, it will allow you to remain hands free! Trust me, you will want to be hands free. I like to put my carry-on bag underneath the stroller and use a backpack for a baby bag. Most airports have a stroller lane for security making it fast and easy to complete. I was able to get through security with the stroller in 15 minutes!! Talk about a huge time saver. Lastly, you can roll it right up to the gate and they will check it for free. When you land your stroller will be waiting for you at your next gate making it a breeze to walk to baggage claim.
2 Schedule Around Naps: If it is possible and you are flexible; try to schedule the flight during your babies nap time. They will be more inclined to sleep throughout the flight thereby making it very quiet and peaceful for you. The planes white noise and vibration is an added bonus for the sleepy baby.
3 Pack Food: Make sure that you have a few baby friendly snacks for the wait time prior to the flight and while you are in the air. This is not the time to try a new food. Stick to what the baby likes.
*Tip: If you are pressed for time or forget to pack something don’t fret. There are tons of coffee shops with milk and bananas for baby to enjoy.
4 Let the Baby Explore: Try to tire out your baby while you are waiting to board. Find a nice corner with room to stretch out. Put down a blanket for tummy time, let them crawl, walk or bang on the windows as they watch the planes land and take off. Give the time to get rid of the wiggles.
5 Warm Milk is Gold: Nurse your baby or give them a warm bottle once you get settled on the plane. If they have eaten a snack, played around and gotten rid of the wiggles then they will be more the ready for a little snuggle time and warm milk. This will aid in putting your baby to sleep or encourage some quiet relaxation time.
*Tip: All planes have hot water for coffee. Ask a flight attended if you can have a cup to warm your bottle.
With these 5 tips and a little prayer, I was able to have a very smooth flight. Everyone around us said “Wow he did really well!” I was pleased and proud that we were able to have an enjoyable flight. I hope that these are helpful for you and good luck on your travels! What is your favorite tip for flying with a baby? Share your thoughts with me below.