Baby Jet Setter: Tips For Traveling With Baby
by Christina Brown
If the thought of traveling with your infant gives you anxiety, this post is for you. Traveling with baby for the first time can be incredibly overwhelming, especially if you’re flying. You’ll worry about everything from bringing the correct amount of diapers to keeping baby quiet on the plane and poop disasters in the air. It’s totally understandable to be nervous, but just like with all things mommy-related, practice makes perfect. After a busy first nine months of my child’s life which thus far has included two domestic trips by air, I’ve discovered that travel doesn’t have to be anxiety inducing. With the proper items and a few of these quick tips, you’ll be waltzing through the airport with your baby like a pro jet setter.
Make A List. Check It Twice. (Or Three Times)
The first step in preparing for any travel with baby, whether you’re flying by air or ground, is to sit yourself down and make a list of all the things your baby could possibly need on your trip. Be sure to check the weather in the area you’re visiting so you know what type of clothing to pack. Don’t forget the necessities like diapers, formula, wipes and bottles. And if you can’t quite wrap your head around everything you may need, check out Babycenter’s Packing Checklist for ideas of the types of items you’ll need to have.
Invest In A Great Baby Carrier
Ever see those mommies-on-the-go who just seem to have it all together? 9 times out of ten they’ve become privy to the secret of every jetsetting mom who knows better. A baby carrier is your best friend while traveling. You’ll want to have your hands free so you can pull out important documents like your boarding pass, your passport or your cell phone. Best of all, baby will be calm and comfortable in the warmth of your embrace – very important while traveling. I swear by my Baby Bjorn. The Moby Wrap is another great one – less structured but keeps baby super close (and you can match it to your outfits!) This will be especially helpful if you’re planning to go sightseeing or take baby around town with you by foot at your destination.
Bring A Travel System
If you have need for both a stroller and a car seat while traveling, a great travel system is essential. Travel systems are generally stroller and car seat systems that work hand in hand. One snaps into the other or folds down easily to cut down on having to lug two separate, heavy pieces at all times.We suggest the new Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe 35 infant car seats which allow the newest members of the family to stay safe and comfy on the go. Parents can travel with confidence knowing that their babies can ride in the highest level of safety with Britax SafeCell Impact Protection, an integrated system of safety components that protects infants beyond government standards. The new SafeCenter LATCH Installation also provides peace of mind with a simple installation of these lightweight, streamlined infant seats.
“The new B-Safe 35 Elite offers the latest Britax safety technologies, a more modern design, and a higher weight capacity,” said Brandon Miller, senior product manager at Britax. “The advantages of our best-in-class safety and convenience features make either the B-Safe 35 Elite or B-Safe 35 the perfect choice for baby’s first ride home and beyond.”
Notify The Airline That You’re Traveling With A Child
Though it may be tough the first few times around, traveling with baby definitely has its advantages. Almost every airline gives priority to passengers boarding with infants and small children. This means, after passengers like First Class and the airline’s Loyalty Program members, you’ll be able to board first. If you’re traveling with a car seat or stroller, you will need extra time to gate-check it before sitting. Any time you are traveling with a child who will be sitting in your lap (most children under 2 years old), you will need to notify the airline in advance. It’s for their own information and it gives you special privileges at the airport.
Get There At Least 30 Minutes Earlier Than Normal
So you used to arrive at the airport only an hour before your flight boarded back when you were living the carefree “no-kids” lifestyle? That time has passed. When you’re traveling with an infant you will want to allow yourself at least an extra 30 minutes to an hour of time to get through TSA and to board your flight. Why? Because you now most likely have liquids on your carry-on that the TSA will have to check before you enter your gate. That formula and/or breast milk is certainly allowed on the plane but security has to check it first to make sure it’s not some liquid it shouldn’t be. This will take time. Above all that, infants can be unpredictable! You’ll want to make sure baby is fed, dry, and clean before boarding the plane so baby is in a good mood and less likely to cry the entire flight. Give yourself some extra time to feed and change the baby (multiple times if necessary), clean or change your own clothes (because they always leave pleasant surprises on you), and settle into your flight with ease before takeoff.
Christina Brown is a full-time blogger, freelance writer and social media maven obsessed with all things beautiful. Founder of style & beauty destination LoveBrownSugar, the former magazine editor is a proud new mommy who now blogs about motherhood and how to maintain your style with a baby in tow at BabyBrownSugar.com.