Travel alone can be stressful, add an infant to the mix and it can be downright scary. Follow a few simple tips and download the FREE Checklist and everything should go smoothly. Read about my experience with the 1st flight with an infant.
Packing checklist when traveling with an infant.
- Baby blankets. If you are nursing, bring one to cover yourself, and others to cover the baby and other surfaces.
- Baby clothes. Bring one change for the trip and plan to pack for two changes each day while away. Include a hat for sun protection.
- Baby food and drink. Enough for an entire day in case you experience delays or cancellations.
- Baby Sling or baby carrier. One of these keeps your baby safe and your movements easier.
- Baby Wipes. Bring way more than you think you’ll need.
- Bibs. Disposables for the trip and several washables for when you arrive.
- Camera. You don’t want to miss any of the special moments.
- Car seat. You will need one of these for the car or the airplane.
- Changing pads. I recommend disposables.
- Collapsible stroller. You can check it at the gate or store in an overhead unit in the plane.
- Diaper bag. Preferably pack one with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap; I also like the backpack diaper bag.
- Diapers. A good rule is to plan to use one for each hour in transit, plus a few extra.
- Disposable spoons. For feeding baby food.
- Extra shirt for you. In case of an accident, having an extra will prevent embarrassment.
- Hand sanitizer gel or wipes. Use to wash your hands, your baby and even as a baby lotion.
- Nightlight. One of these makes your room just like home.
- Pacifiers. If your baby uses them, be sure to bring extras.
- Pak and play. Either of these creates an instant child safe area whenever needed.
- Plastic bags. For dirty diapers or soiled clothing.
- Reading light. A clip-on light allows you to read without disturbing your baby.
- Snacks for you. Keep your energy up with a nutritional power bar and plenty of water to keep hydrated.
- Tissues. You can never have enough of these.
- Water bottle – You can refill once through security
- White noise app – will help sooth the baby in an unfamiliar environment.
- Airport security. More than three ounces of breast milk, formula or juice is allowed if declared at the security checkpoint. Breast milk is considered the same as liquid medications. Also allowed in your carry-on bag is a gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food.
- Schedule smart. For best travel results, try to pace your trip to your baby’s schedule for eating and napping.
- Change your baby’s diaper before boarding the aircraft, this will ease your mind knowing the baby has a clean diaper.
- Preboarding. Most Airlines allow passengers who are traveling with a child under 2 to board first, take advantage of this. This will help you get the baby’s items and your items settled without a line behind which can make a person feel uneasy.
- Take off, decent and landing, try to nurse, feed or give your baby a pacifier, this will help relieve the pressure on your baby’s ear.
- Always accept help from the flight attendant or a stranger, often times someone will want to help you.
- Wait to deboard the plane, it’s a lot easier to get all your items when no one is rushing you because they are trying to make a connection. Plus if you gate checked your stroller you will have to wait at the gate bridge anyway.
- Relax, no one wantsDon to be the person with a crying baby on an airplane but sometimes it just happens.
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