Flying With Yo Baby, OR, It Sounds Super Scary But I Promise You Can Do It

Huck, 2-months-old, waiting for a flight to JFK

This post is coming to you FROM AN AIRPLANE! An airplane with WiFi and Direct TV! Oh but the future is amazing!

We’re currently somewhere over Colorado or something, on our way to Portland to spend a few weeks with family. (This is a particular New York Mom experience, it’s called the “Take Your Kids And Flee The City For A Few Weeks” vacation. Like, everybody’s doing it.) This means I am flying . . . with an infant! Dun dun dunnnnnn.

I’ve really been enjoying Nicole’s posts on the subject this week, because, ask anybody who’s flown with an infant before and they’ll tell you, with the proper planning, it’s really not that big of a deal.

When Huck was two months old we flew from New York to Utah to see family over Christmas, and I’ll be honest, the entire enterprise scared me all over. What if he cries? What if he has a terrible blow out all over my clothes? But, what if he cries?!?

Luckily, flying with a baby is really super easy.

I’m sure we’ve all heard it a million times: Nurse or bottle feed on take off and landing (a flight attendant once told me that landing is much harder on a baby’s ears than take off, and that if your baby sleeps through it, it’s even better), bring your stroller and check it at the gate, ask if there are any empty seats at check-in (you might be able to sprawl out!), and be sure to pack spare outfits for inevitable poo adventures.

But I’ve got the best Flying With Baby tip of all. It’s hiding right after the jump. You are so excited.

Guess what: Nobody really minds a crying baby as much as you think they do.

(And flight attendants are super good at holding the baby when you have to pee.)


I hope that wasn’t a let down.

Got any other delicious pearls of travel wisdom?

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