10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

This week Fern and I are going to be flying to Los Angeles for a little bit of work, along with taking her on her first trip to Disneyland, and as such, I thought the timing was appropriate to share a few of my tried-and-true travel tips for flying with a baby and making it out relatively unscathed. Some of these tips you may have already heard, but there are quite a few of them that are actually pretty contrary to a lot of the tips I read online. Learn from my mistakes and hopefully you’ll have happy flights ahead!

  • 10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

    10 Tried and True Ways To Make Flying With a Baby a Little Bit Easier

    Click through to learn some of my tried and true tips for traveling with your little one!

  • Book your flight during happy time

    Book your flight during happy time

    Before I flew with Fern for the first time I read about how everyone says you should book your flight to be during your child’s sleep times, but I totally disagree (unless you’re taking an international flight, in which case this may be a totally different story). I booked flights during Fern’s nap time and she was way too overstimulated to actually sleep on the flight which led to a fussy, grumpy baby. Instead I would suggest planning your flight during your baby’s happiest time of day. For us, that means in the morning or after nap time, but this will obviously look different for everyone.

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Make a list and check it twice

    Make a list and check it twice

    Even if you’re not a list maker, making a list of things to pack in your carry-on bag will make life infinitely easier. There’s nothing like realizing when you’re already mid-flight that you forgot to pack a bottle or some other equally important item.

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Separate your carry-on items

    Separate your carry-on items

    I come prepared when it comes to a carry-on bag, but all of those well-thought-out items in my bag would be for naught if I couldn’t actually find them. I pack all my carry-on items separated into plastic storage bags so I can easily find everything I need. I suggest packing diapering supplies in one, toys/distractions in another, snacks in another and so on and so forth. The last thing you want is to be losing your stuff all over the plane.

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Board last

    Board last

    Before I flew with Fern for the first time I read a lot of blogs and forums that said you should board the plane first, but I beg to differ. Boarding last is a sanity saver. The less time you have to spend on a plane keeping your baby happy and entertained the better. I’ve tried boarding early AND boarding late and perfer boarding late at least 1,000 times more.

  • Bring distractions...a lot of them

    Bring distractions...a lot of them

    I actually just did a blog post over at Babble about what I’m packing in Fern’s carry-on, but needless to say you will want to be armed with plenty of distractions to keep your little one happy and full (never underestimate the power of a snack!).

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Sit apart

    Sit apart

    I don’t mean that you and your baby should sit separately, but if you’ll be traveling with a spouse, friend or relative, book your seats separate. This will allow you to trade off hanging out with your baby and give all of you a change of scenery as well as giving those sitting near you a break as well if your little one happens to be fussy.

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Stroll before you board

    Stroll before you board

    This was seriously the only way I could keep Fern happy at the airport. Getting to the airport two hours before your flight is all well and good, but it’s far less fun when you have to keep a child entertained during that time. The stroller was my life saver and it also helped me to tote around all of my carry-on and baby stuff.

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Get a window seat

    Get a window seat

    This is an especially important tip if you are nursing (which I still am). A window seat will offer you a little more privacy while you’re nursing and seated next to strangers. It will also give you a little more liberty to spread out your baby supplies without worrying about things dropping into the aisle. I’ve had aisle seats and window seats and I definitely prefer the window seats with a little one.

    Check out all my what-to-pack tips over at Babble

  • Nurse during take-off and landing

    Nurse during take-off and landing

    Nursing will help alleviate your little ones ear pressure from the quickly changing elevation. If you aren’t nursing, then give your baby a bottle, a binky or even a water bottle to encourage sucking which will help with ear pressure build-up.

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