GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! & 7 Mommy Approved Tips for Flying with Your Baby

Author: Memory Camero

March 14, 2017

Flying with Baby

We’re  excited to have joined Silikids for our March giveaway! This month we are including a $50 value gift basket from Silikids which includes a variety of products to make motherhood just a little easier. To enter into our giveaway make sure to “like” Silikids’ on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram! Then share this article on your social media with #SMLFlyingGiveaway so we can find you. Giveaway ends April 6th at 12 PM noon EST. GOOD LUCK!

Flying with your baby is not for the faint of heart. However, being prepared can give you the best chance for a successful travel day. You probably have a ton of questions like what to bring and how on earth will you be able to squeeze all of it into a carry on (that has to go through TSA screening). Oh my! While we can’t guarantee you that your day will be completely smooth, we can give you a great list to help you get started on the right track.

Tip Number One: have a bottle or pacifier ready before take-off.

Pressure changes cause discomfort for many adults and children. For adults chewing gum or yawning can often relieve the pressure, but babies and young children need a different solution and often a pacifier or bottle (or nursing*) will work. Because diaper bags must be stowed for take-off and landing, get them out and ready before the final pass by flight attendants.

Tip Number Two: Have snacks ready and easily accessible.

For trips with children, it’s recommended to travel with foods that take little to no preparation as well as space.  While bringing homemade nutritious snacks is preferred, you’ll want to make sure any liquid snacks are in approved quantities per TSA guidelines. If you are unsure, just check with your airport website ahead of time. You can also choose store-bought snacks. A couple of the items that our mommies love are NurturMe and Happy Family which are both nutritious and easy for on-the-go.  Different airports often have different policies, so check with the airport you’ll be returning from as well. There is nothing worse than having to leave something behind because it didn’t fit certain parameters, especially something as crucial as food. While we’re on the subject of food, Elizabeth Passarella from Kitchn recommends clementines or blueberries as they are less likely to stain if spilled. And yes, you will have spills, so anticipate it and don’t fret about it. As every mother knows, you always pack plenty of wipes!

When you are traveling, you have limited space so make sure you have what you need and nothing more. It helps to have one or two containers that can also be used as a bowl such as the b.box snack pack or the Nuby Easy Go Suction Bowl. And if you need utensils, don’t forget to pack them.

Tip Number Three: Take the challenge out of diaper changes.

Planning ahead will save extra steps when it comes to diaper changes. A great diaper bag will keep you organized, and in the bag, make sure you have a diaper wallet (which includes easily accessible baby wipes and disposal baggie, diaper and a small portable changing mat) for a quick change. This will keep you from toting your giant diaper bag into the airplane’s cramped lavatory.  Keeping a re-useable baggie with a travel-size wipe pack and a diaper in your larger diaper bag works too, but you’ll really want a changing mat to keep baby off germy surfaces. Gathre offers a wide selection of micro mats that will do the job.

To save yourself grief on the airplane, change your baby before the flight. However, if you’re flying a long distance baby will more than likely need an extra change. You have two options on an airplane— either change baby in the cramped lavatory or on your lap in your seat. Option two is really only an option if you’re sitting with family (and then only if it’s only a wet diaper). If it’s a “stinky” diaper or you’re sitting next to a stranger, be courteous, and brave the trip to the lavatory. To save the extra hassle of dealing with clothes while in the lavatory which may not be squeaky clean,  Babycenter suggests undressing baby down to his or her diaper before leaving your seat. For detailed information, visit  Babycenter‘s website [1]. And to be extra courteous to flight attendants and keep other passengers happy, make sure to dispose of the dirty diaper in a baggie that you seal tightly!

Note: JetBlue is the only airline that has a changing table in every airplane. Others are hit-or-miss depending on the individual aircraft.

Tip Number Four: Keep it clean.

Speaking of etiquette, spills will happen as kids are messy and airplanes leave little room for error. Having extra wipes at your disposal is a must.  As mothers know, food will get in every possible crevice and wipes are great for cleaning. (They’re also great for wiping down your own tray before using it.) To help prevent drops and spills, try a silicone, wipeable bib with a pocket, like the one from  Silikids®. Its wipe-able nature means you won’t have to pack and wash a dirty cloth bib. The goal is to keep you, baby, and the airplane clean so someone else doesn’t have to pick up a huge mess. (The flight attendants will thank you!)

Tip Number Five: Make sure you and baby are comfortable.

A phenomenon on an airplane is that it’s hot one minute and freezing the next and a hot or cold baby is an unhappy baby. Be prepared by layering baby’s clothes and by having a blanket such as Apple Park ‘s animal-themed one handy. Not only are they adorable but they’re also a healthy option for your child!

If you decided to leave the stroller at home or checked it in with your luggage, you’re going to need something to help you navigate the airport. For both your and baby’s comfort, a baby carrier or sling is a great idea depending on baby’s size and weight. Your hands will be free to wheel your carry-on, and baby will be safely and comfortably strapped to you.  For a great selection of stylish carriers designed to let air circulate, check out  LILLEBaby®.

Tip Number Six: Use a good stroller.

The ideal stroller when flying is one that is lightweight but still has compartments for all the necessary baby items. Not only will you have the stroller to worry about, but you will also have your own heavy luggage, and this is one way to alleviate a little bit of stress. Babyhome offers a stroller that is lightweight, easy to fold, and simple to maneuver. Also, before you leave home, make sure you know what the stroller requirements are for the particular airline you are flying with. Have Baby Will Travel blog offers a quick and easy list of quotes from a wide range of airlines in regards to what is/is not allowed on the plane and what needs to be checked to baggage claim. To view this list, check out their site here [2].

Tip Number Seven:

Don’t forget Tip Number One.

The bottom line. Don’t expect the first time you fly with your baby to be smooth sailing — err — turbulence-free.   It’s a learning experience that can help you grow as a parent. You will learn a little bit each time about what works and what doesn’t for you and your child. The best thing you can do is to triple check everything, contact your airline about their requirements, and make sure you have everything your baby needs.

*While babies can fly free in your lap and easily be nursed, it is not as safe as using your car seat just as you would in your vehicle. Southwest offers greatly reduced rates for infants traveling in car seats, but you’ll need to call them to book as these fares are not available online.


 

[1]  Sutherland, Laura. “Where Can I Change My Baby on a Plane?” Blog post.BabyCenter. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.
[2] McDermott, Corrine. “Gate Checking Your Stroller When Flying with Baby.” Blog post. Have Baby Will Travek. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

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