Everyone knows that traveling with an infant isn’t easy, but I have 5 tips that made traveling with an infant easier for us I wanted to share with you. Each baby is different, but I believe that these tips will work for any baby.
1. Pack Everything Your Infant Loves
Traveling with an infant is never going to be easy if you leave his/her favorite toy at home. Their beloved and prized possessions need to be with them so they’ll feel secure and have things that remind them of home. For us, it meant packing Sweet Baby J’s activity gym and his wubba nubs. He loves nothing more than those things at the moment so we knew they were going to be paramount to having a good trip. Traveling with an infant means traveling with lots of stuff.
2. Pack the things you need.
I think it’s easiest when traveling with an infant to forget the things we need to have for them. I was running around like a crazy person trying to finish washing Sweet Baby J’s diapers for our trip. Plus, I would have forgotten all his burp cloths and swaddle blankets had I not checked my list three times. It’s uber important to remember these things, because you don’t want a mess when traveling with an infant that has to be cleaned up completely with your shirt. I made sure to put a swaddle blanket and burp cloth in my carry-on luggage and the rest underneath. I may have performed a little bit of overkill by packing every one we owned but only time will tell.
3. Travel with your infant when your infant will be hungry.
Traveling with an infant is easier if your baby will nurse during takeoff and landing so you’ll want the baby to be slightly hungry but not starving. Sweet Baby J was able to nurse most of the plane trip which certainly made it easier for his ears. He only cried slightly during our descent, because his ears were starting to fill up. I popped him on the breast, and he was good to go.
4. Pack toys in your carry-on.
When traveling with an infant, you’ll want something to entertain them in your carry-on. We carried his wubba nub and his taggie toy with us on the plane. This meant that while we were flying and he wasn’t in need of the breast he was able to be entertained.
5. Don’t apologize for traveling with an infant.
Sure, it’s sweet to bring on candy bags for everyone sitting around you on a flight, but you shouldn’t have to apologize for having a baby. None of us like sitting next to the screaming baby on a plane (not even its parents), but it’s part of the social contract. Everyone knows that families need to fly to see family or go on vacation so try to cut them some slack and don’t make them apologize to you for having the upset infant, because they are the least excited about the screaming child in a closed space anyway. So don’t apologize for traveling with your infant with goody bags. If you feel the need to bring anything, you can supply your neighbors with earplugs.
Those are my 5 tips for traveling with an infant. Do you have any to add?