Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tips for Traveling with Infants

In honor of Veteran's Day I wanted to share from our time as a military family. That season didn't last long, but during it we learned more about sacrifice, family, and service then ever before.

Keven was going through training in a different state from me and our daughter Abbey, who was a baby at the time. Abbey and I were fortunate to have several opportunities to travel to see him. But traveling with an infant by yourself is hard work. So today I want to share some tips with you on airplane travel with infants:

1. For checked luggage remember to keep it under 50 lbs.
2. You're allowed 1 carry on and 1 personal item (purse or diaper bag) on the plane. Your baby is allowed 1 item also (this could be stroller).
3. Keep things simple and accessible. Put together a diaper changing kit in a zip lock bag (diapers, wipes, cream, blanket or mat, change of clothes) and keep that in a pocket to pull out quick.
4. For feeding keep all items at reach. For nursing have cover up visible so you can pull it our. For bottles, purchase ready made travel bottles and keep nipples in a zip lock bag. Also bring extra snacks in a snack container or zip lock bag for ease.
5. Condense items for on the plane as much as possible so you know where everything is to be able to grab quickly.

Going through security:
1. Keep your travel documents in an easy and accessible place. This would include: photo id, plane tickets, passport and for your baby either a birth certificate or social security card.
2. Keep liquids under  3 oz and in a small zip lock baggie. Have this baggie on top so you can pull it out quickly to put on the belt.
3. If your baby is bottle fed, purchase ready made travel bottles so you don't have to worry about water. Pull them out with your liquids.
4. You may hold your baby while going through security. Any carriers, strollers, or car seats must be put on the belt. You will also need to remove any jackets, your shoes (flip flops or slip-ons are easiest), blankets, binkie clips, etc. Keep your hand on your bin while walking through the line, to drop the binkie or cuddly toy in last minute.
5. Dress accordingly. Have baby in a sleeper for comfort and ease. For yourself keep it comfortable and pack an extra outfit in your carry on just in case.

On an airplane:
1. If you are nursing try to have a window seat for extra privacy. Purchase a water before getting on the plane in case you need something to drink before the cart comes around.
2. Use a binky, bottle, or nurse at takeoff and landing to help with ears getting blocked.
3. Have toys and snacks in reach to grab. Bringing a new toy can help.
4. Have an empty sippy cup or bottle on hand to transfer drinks. They usually don't come with lids or straws.
5. Remember to enjoy time with your child, whatever it looks like and to not take other people's opinions personally.

Hope this upcoming travel season is fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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