One of the first words out of my husbands mouth after learning of my pregnancy was “I still want to travel”. So we do!
Planning is key
We were both a little nervous about flying with an 11 month old baby. No one wants the unhappy baby who annoys the rest of the cabin with crying, screaming, or kicking your seat. So we made a plan.
- Take feedings and nap times into consideration when booking your flight times. Some baby’s have problems eating and sleeping in public with all the distractions.
- Consult TSA about liquids and other carry on rules.
- Check out this TSA page, and this one, for what to expect when navigating through security with a baby.
- Take advantage of checked bags and carry on rules. For example, my stepson carried on the toys, my husband carried on the electronics, and I carried on the diaper bag and food.
- See below for my suggested carry on and checked baggage checklists for your baby.
- The airline may require paperwork for your baby if he/she doesn’t have a boarding pass. We flew Southwest and needed my sons birth certificate.
- Also, check your airlines website for helpful tips on traveling with babies. I’ve found introducing a new toy or book on the plane when baby is fussy, and bringing lots of snacks, has worked well for us.
- Make decisions about strollers, car seats, pack n plays, and high chairs. For example, we checked our stroller at the gate, rented a car seat from the car rental company, and reserved a pack n play and high chair at the hotel.
Carry on Checklist for Baby
- Bottles and nipples
- Snacks, snacks, snacks. Bring formula and water, breast milk, baby food, eating utensils, juice, and a nursing cover.
- Bibs and burp cloths
- Sippy cups and snacks come in handy for popping ears.
- Pacifiers and teething rings
- Diaper changing pad
- Pack 2-3 times the amount of diapers you think you’ll need in case of any unexpected delays and layovers.
- Plastic bags for soiled diapers and clothes
- Diaper ointment
- Baby wipes
- Antibacterial wipes and hand gel
- Change of clothes for baby and you
- Light blanket and jacket
- Bring a few small toys or books and download movies on mobile devices to keep your baby occupied.
- Bottle cooler and ice packs
- First aid kit and medications
- Stroller and car seats can be checked at the gate
Checked baggage list for Baby
- More bottles, nipples, sippy cups, and eating utensils
- Bibs and burp clothes
- Bottle Warmer
- Formula and water
- Bottle brush and dish soap
- Diapers and swim diapers
- Diaper ointment and baby wipes
- Weather appropriate clothes, shoes, socks, and jacket
- Sleep sacks
- Pajamas for a few different temperatures
- Sound machine
- Bath wash, baby lotion, toothbrush, and toothpaste
- Pack n play and fitted sheets
- Baby sunscreen
- Sun hats
- Swimsuit, swim shirts, and swim shorts
- Life jacket or puddle jumper
- Books and toys
- Breast pump and storage bags
- Nursing cover
- Baby monitor
- Baby carrier
*Tip: Baby’s get slippery in the shower. Bathe them in the sink, lay a towel on the bathtub floor for traction if they can sit up, or set them in a small, plastic laundry basket in the bathtub. Inflatable bathtubs are also available.
Follow these tips and you should arrive at your destination ready to relax.