5 Tips For Flying With Baby

by - August 12, 2017

I have been asked for years to share my travel tips, tricks, and hacks. So here are some Milo and I tested on our recent trip to Ohio. I have traveled a bunch in my life, but since having Milo my bigger trips have been put on pause until he can enjoy them with me. However, we just took our first plane ride from Las Vegas, NV to Cleveland, OH. It was tricky flying alone with a baby not going to lie, but my previous travel experience definitely helped on our journey. 


1.) Pack Snacks on Snacks on Snacks
When it comes to entertaining a teething baby nothing works better than snacks. Well at least for Milo that is. Boy loves to eat, eat and eat some more! Make sure to pack more than you expect. Snacks are something you can't have too much of. Also, try to keep them low mess such as teddy grahams, goldfish, Gerber puffs etc and be sure to include a variety. Things like purees, fruits, yogurts etc. can be a little sticky and messy during travel so I avoid those during flights and road trips. 

2.) Fly Direct
This couldn't be more important for a young new traveler. You don't want to squash their travel bug on their first adventures. Build them up to travel and ease into those longer more difficult trips.  All the hustle and bustle of the airports and planes can be overwhelming for a baby. Flying direct can relieve some of that pressure. Avoiding lay overs and multiple take offs and landings can be the difference between a happy little wanderer and being "that mom" with the tired, scared, and overwhelmed baby on the plane. 

3.) Sippy Cups and/or Binkys 
During take off and landing when the pressure increases and/or decreases can be hard on a little ones ears. Having a sippy cup or binky can aid in the relief of pressure in a baby's ears during those times. The suckling motion eases popping and helps soothe baby during the most anxious moments of flying. 

4.) Comfort Item
Bring a comfort item. This can be a plush toy, blanket, anything that baby has formed an attachment too. Flying can be overwhelming for even adults let alone for a baby, so having an item there that brings a sense of comfort and is something familiar in an unfamiliar situation can bring calm to your little one. 

5.) Check Everything! 
Sure checking bags is an added expense but it will remove the stress of dragging multiple things throughout the airport and on/off the plane. You only have so many hands. Just because you are a mom doesn't mean you have to do it all. Let someone else manage your bags so you can focus on managing baby. Also, check with your airline, most allow you to check strollers at the gate and car seats for free. Having Milo's stroller up until we boarded and right there when we reached our destination was truly a life saver on our recent trip.

Bonus Tip: when it comes to checking bags try to pack everything in one suitcase if traveling with baby alone. That way you can push the stroller while pulling your luggage. It's much easier to get around if you aren't over burdened with multiple bags. 

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Milo did great on his first flying adventure. He definitely takes after his mama! I was so incredibly proud of him. He made a friend with an older woman sitting next to us right away. He loved looking out the window and playing with the people sitting behind us. Milo is a charmer who captures the hearts of pretty much everyone he meets within seconds. If you want to see a Part 2, 3, 4 or even 5 to this post comment below! I have a bunch more tips to share and would love to turn this into a series.
Here are some photo's during his first flight.

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  1. Avoiding layovers is the best tip. The less time baby is flying the easier it is. Great list. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  2. It is one of my favorite most used tips. so glad you enjoyed this. feel free to share

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  4. Agreed, you can never have too many snacks! I'd love to read more of your tips
    I always recommend packing more nappies & changes of clothes than you think you need. It's much better to be prepared than left short!

    1. Absolutely! I will be daily blogging for 'Blogtober' so more travel tips will coming soon.