Flying with a baby – Part 2
Several months ago I gave you all a few tips on flying with an infant in lap and after a couple more flights, now with a toddler rather than a newborn, I’m back to expand on them.
In case you forgot, I recommended that you should forego the stroller / car seat, take help from anyone who offers (or even who doesn’t!), and sit in the aisle seat, among others. Since then, little Z and I have flown a few more times, and he’s become a lot more mobile, so I’ve got a couple more tips to share for flying with a baby (who’s mobile!)
- Harness that baby
I NEVER thought I would be the mom who attached her kid to a leash, but Zay refuses to sit in a stroller for longer than 15 minutes, and unless it’s nap time or absolutely necessary, he’s bored of the wrap too! He is only 11 months right now, but he’s been walking since October, so on our latest flight, I bought him a harness. This was so helpful while we sat at the gate or ate lunch, because he could “wander” safely. And for all those haters (because apparently there are some serious haters on this topic as I learned after posting the photo below) the leash is 3 feet long, so he can’t really wander away and I’m still keeping my eye on him, he’s just got a little bit of room to stretch his legs and feel independent. So back off a bit, k?
- Bring toys, like a lot of them.
Ok, this sounds like a no-brainer, but it was not so obvious for me. I thought my son would be content with the one book and one toy that I packed, for a 12 hour travel day. What the heck was I thinking!? I’ll tell you that I was thinking “pack light,” “he might lose something. OH NO!” Well both of those thoughts can go paddle up a creek. I don’t care if we lose a toy quite honestly, we needed a lot more to keep his attention. If you use a harness, as mentioned above, many of them are backpacks as well. So! Pack that backpack with as much of your kid’s crap as you can jam in there. You will need it.
- Pack an extra outfit (for yourself)
Sure, you are a good mom, you pack extra clothes for your little one in case there’s a potty accident, or spilled food / drinks. Packing for them is practically second nature to you, but when you are traveling you need to pack an extra outfit for yourself as well. Zay threw up all over my jacket on the first leg of the return flight home. I fortunately had my carry-on stuffed with clothes, so I was able to change, but this was not planned. These kinds of things happen all of them time and you need to be prepared or you’re going to make a tough trip even tougher (and stinkier / stickier too.)
Hopefully these tips will help get you through flying with a baby, particularly when they are a bit more mobile than at the true infant stage.