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Takeoff! My Baby’s First Flight, Plus Tips for Traveling with a Baby

This past weekend I had to fly to New York for work, and since our 2 month-old refused to take a bottle (he’s only breastfed) the hubby and baby had to come along. This was the baby’s first flight ever! The flight itself was short, less than 3 hours, but I was so anxious. I guess as a new mom I didn’t know what to expect.  There were several other babies on the flight. As I walked down the airplane aisle to grab our seat, I remember looking at the faces of the other moms and we would give each other “the look.” It was like a “good luck on the flight, I hope my baby doesn’t cry” look.  Overall, the flight was not as bad as I thought. In fact, it was great. My baby slept the entire flight. Here are some quick tips I learned along the way that made this experience a lot easier.

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  • Try to Book your Seat in the Back of the Plane 1 of 8
    Try to Book your Seat in the Back of the Plane
    Typically the engine is louder in the back of the plane, which helped my little one sleep like a charm. In case your baby gets fussy the loud noise will also help mask the crying, plus you are closer to the bathroom. The only downfall is if you have a connecting flight and need to get out of the plane quicker.
  • Get to the Airport with Plenty of Time 2 of 8
    Get to the Airport with Plenty of Time
    I probably dreaded going through security more than the actual flight. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to check-in and go through security. Baby's come with extra luggage such as strollers, car seats…etc. We probably had a total of 10 bins filled with our personal items going through security.
    ps. breast milk, formula and baby medicine do not apply to the 3.4 ounce regulation.
  • Travel During Nap Times 3 of 8
    Travel During Nap Times
    Part of the reason why our flight was so easy is because he slept the entire flight. We made sure to book our flight around the time our baby takes his longest nap (1 p.m.).
  • Feed During Take-Off and Landing 4 of 8
    Feed During Take-Off and Landing
    The change in pressure during takeoff and landing can bother the baby's ears. Feeding can help them pop their ears and release the pressure. Here I am doing some feeding before boarding the plane too. Can you tell I didn't get much sleep the night before?
  • Travel with Your Nursing Pillow 5 of 8
    Travel with Your Nursing Pillow
    This was so helpful, especially since I'm breastfeeding. At one point I thought about not brining it because it's so big, but I'm so glad I did. The baby slept the entire flight on it and it made nursing much more comfortable.
  • Install a White Noise App on your Phone 6 of 8
    Install a White Noise App on your Phone
    Instead of traveling with our white noise machine, we installed a white noise app on our smartphone. This was great for keeping the baby calm as we walked through the airport. We also used it at night in the hotel room to get the baby to go to sleep.
  • Take a Baby Carrier with You 7 of 8
    Take a Baby Carrier with You
    Once our plane landed, we simply placed the baby in our Baby Bjorn carrier and he was so calm. He loved looking around and it freed our hands to do other things like get our luggage and stroller.
  • Earplugs for Fellow Passengers 8 of 8
    Earplugs for Fellow Passengers
    I remember reading about this once and thought it was a clever idea. As a little treat for fellow passengers I bought some earplugs in case the baby decided to throw an in-flight tantrum. Thankfully, I didn't have to pass any out.

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