Traveling ​​With a “Lap Sitter”

It’s been a while since my last post. Recently I’ve had a hard time finding time to myself.  Two weeks ago my son, significant other, and I were fortunate enough, to travel to the Big Island.  Although an inter-island flight from Oahu to the Big Island is rather short, I was still on edge due to all of the stress that comes along with bringing a baby on an airplane.  From struggling to carry all of your bags to check in, to dealing with in-flight tantrums, traveling with a baby can be quite an exhausting experience. Here are a few tested ideas on making your baby’s plane experience more tolerable.

Babies need paperwork!

I never would have thought that my son would need some sort of identification while traveling.  If your child doesn’t have an ID, airline companies suggest bringing a birth certificate or social security card.  If you’re flying with an infant who has not received their documents yet, bring your hospital records as an alternative.

Make a checklist

Create a checklist for the bag you plan to carry with you aboard the plane.  Here are a few things you will want to take with you:
•Diapers                                         
•Wipes  
•Changing pad                                        
•Breastfeeding cover
•A few toys for entertainment
•Hand sanitizer
•Sanitary wipes
•Baby snacks
•Teethers
•Extra onesie
•Blanket

Bring a stroller

Most airline companies allow passengers to bring strollers all the way up to the gate, at no additional cost.  My stroller is equipt with the “>Clip and Go, a large stroller clip that makes it easy to hang my carry on items and free up my hands.

Pack enough diapers for one day only

I suggest packing enough diapers to last you thru the first day of your travels.  Once you land, head to the nearest store to pick up a case. This will save you lots of space inside your luggage.

Feed your baby during take-off and landing

Unlike us, babies don’t know how to pop their ears.  This can cause excruciating pain for your baby as the pressure in the cabin fluctuates.  Feeding your child during ascent and descent will help them to naturally pop their ears as they open and close their mouth to eat.

Practice babywearing

My son is attached to me by the hip, at ALL times.  He doesn’t enjoy spending long periods of time in his stroller, so one of the best ways I am able to free my hands is by using a baby carrier.  My personal preference is the

Reconsider boarding first

Most airline companies give passengers that are flying with a child under 2 years old the option of boarding first.  While it’s nice to be one of the first ones on the plane, I suggest reconsidering that option. It takes a significant amount of time for all passengers to board, with that said, being the first one on the plane is just extra time in a confined space for you and your child.  

Traveling with your baby doesn’t have to be a bad experience, make the best of your situation and have fun with it.  If your baby is a cryer, try not to let it get to you, you’ll be at your destination in no time.  

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