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We're Leaving On a Jet Plane...And I'm Pretty Nervous About It

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Flying isn’t my most favorite thing in life.

I always get a little anxious about it, even though, blah, blah, blah, riding in a car is less safe, insert statistics here, blah, blah, blah… I was actually just going to look up some stats to link to here, but then I thought the better of it for my sanity. Anyway, the point is that I don’t love it.

Add to that a baby to entertain? Sounds like a recipe for an anxiety attack.

But, despite all this I will be flying with Fern to the San Francisco area this week. It will be her first time on a plane, so I’ve been scouring the internet looking for tips and tricks. I decided that no article is going to be better than real-life-mama advice though, so I’m going to list off some of the suggestions I’ve read and then hopefully you guys can either add to my list or chime in with personal experience to help ease my worried mind and I’m thanking you in advance!

Flying Tips and Tricks I’ve Read On the Interweb:

1. Plan a flight during sleepy time (our flights are scheduled during naps).

2. Nurse or let your baby suck on something during take-off and landing to help with ear pressure issues.

3. Pack an umbrella stroller.

4. Pack extra clothes in case of emergencies in your carry-on

5. Put your baby in a sling or carrier if you won’t be purchasing a separate seat for them (we aren’t since it’s such a short flight)

OK, that’s actually all I know and now that I wrote it down it seems incredibly insufficient. I’m a little overwhelmed with the whole thing to be honest and may start hyperventilating at any moment, so please bombard me with suggestions and tips – I could use them! Thanks mamas!

 

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More Babbling…

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