Have Baby, Will Travel!
When I was pregnant I made a promise. I wouldn’t slow down on my love of travel. I would strap the baby on my back and just “go.” Then Fia came December 2nd, along with three massive snowstorms and a trail of sleep deprivation. Like a bear, I went into hibernation. I didn’t think I’d ever leave the house; let alone the city or state. Fast forward 9 months and now Fia and I are bouncing around the country together, with 12 flights and 5 states under our belt (often by ourselves, sans hubby).
I thought I’d give a list of tips I’ve found most helpful while traveling with Fi. Like American Express, don’t leave home without it.
- At airport, put baby in sling and load your diaper bag and carry-ons in your car seat/stroller and roll to the gate. You can carry baby through security in sling, so it’s easier than holding up the line to take them out of car seat.
- Formula and baby food can go through security with no problem.
- At the gate, you need a tag for your stroller. Get it from the agent before you board. Then relax.
- Babies cry on planes. Embrace it. (If baby is super fussy, I offer to buy the passenger next to me a drink. No one has ever taken me up on it, but the offer seems to ward off the angry stare).
- I find businessmen typically offer the most help when boarding. Take them up on it! Have them carry your diaper bag and carry-on and put in overhead. This gives you time to break down stroller.
- If baby has her own seat, you have to bring the car seat on. With baby in it, it can be super heavy. I suggest carrying baby in sling, and carry on empty car seat (or have businessman do it for you) until you sit down and situate for flight.
- Sign her up for a frequent flier card (if she has her own ticket). It’s never too early to rack up the points.
- If staying at a hotel, most have free cribs and pack ‘n plays they will put in your room (I always bring my own crib sheet though).
- During take off and landing either feed or give pacifier. At least until you get through the first few flights. Now, Fia doesn’t even need it.
- Find yourself empowered by the whole experience. And trust me, each flight gets easier.
Oh, and all you Moms out there worried about germs?
You get over it after a few flights! As we waited for her 12th flight, Fia decided to lick La Guardia–and I finally gave up stopping her.
Need advice about traveling with your baby? Ask away in the comments section!