Our Experience in traveling with one babe under one.
Carter has been on twenty eight flights to date and there is no plan to stop anytime soon. To keep it real, traveling with a baby is no joke! There are potentially seventeen extra things to pack, four extra bags to wheel around, and not to mention one additional human to keep happy and safe BUT don’t worry we’ve got this down to a chaotic science these days and wanted to share our wealth of knowledge with all of you mamas out there.
Invest in a car seat travel bag! It can carry much more than just the car seat. We have the Brica Travel Bag. It has wheels so rolling it around in the airport is easy. We’re able to fit her GB Pockit Stroller, midsize Herschel bag, and Maxi Cosi car seat in it.
Wear baby from the car to the check in counter so that you can pull bags or have free hands for check in. We wear Carter in our Tula, its comfortable and easy to get on + off. Once you’re checked in transfer baby from carrier to stroller and stuff the carrier in the bag before you hand it off to be checked.
Check as much as you can! Baby items like car seats and pack n plays check for free.
Always have your littles shot record or birth certificate handy. Airlines will require proof of age for any lap child so don’t forget this! Also, if you can, call ahead and let the airline know that you’re traveling with a lap child, this makes the check in process much quicker.
Bring two blankets for baby. We use one to wrap carter up on the plane when it’s cold and the other we use on the ground in the airport. I know, sounds gross but it’s hard to contain our little bug these days and letting her play on the ground and get some energy out makes the plane ride a little easier.
You can bring baby food and breast milk through TSA. If you have an ice pack let them know before it goes through screening, sometimes this helps and you won’t have to have additional screening but all airports are different. The other thing that I do that has helped is kept my breast milk in three ounce bags or bottles. I love to store all things cold in our Skip Hop bag, it’s small and fits inside of our diaper bag.
Pack toys, books, snacks, teethers, more snacks, and an iPad. We use the iPad as a last resort. We’ve filled it baby apps and Carters favorite movie, Moana.
Last, bring S.O.S gifts for people around you. You never know what kind of mood your babe will be in so little gifts like drink coupons or Starbucks gift cards to hand out will help to keep people happy.
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