Poor babe is like “Where are we??!”
I have to admit I was very nervous to travel with our six month old baby on a six-hour flight from Seattle to Hawaii. Prior to our flight I did a lot of research on traveling with an infant and it definitely helped. It prepared me for a few situations that arose during our time in the airports and on our flights. One thing that I would highly recommend is calling your airline before your flight. I called our airline (Alaska) and checked in with them on their requirements for traveling with a baby. I found out I actually had to register Carter on my ticket since he wasn’t going to be in his own seat and they recommended that we bring a copy of his birth certificate just in case we were asked for it. We actually never used it but I’m glad we were prepared just in case.
I rounded up some tips below on traveling with a baby based on my recent experience and I hope this helps to put your mind at ease:
- Car Seat & Stroller: We decided to take our car seat and travel stroller with us as we were going to be gone for over a week and knew that we would be traveling around quite a bit. Unfortunately we weren’t able to use an umbrella stroller yet as our babe is still a little small but the clip in travel stroller worked really well. The great thing about it was we were able to push him all the way through the airport and to the gate and the airline let us check the stroller and car seat for free. I was a little nervous about them getting damaged or dirty in transit but we didn’t have any issues either way.
- Formula: Going through security was a bit trickier as he is on formula and the bottles were over the 3.4 ounce limit. I wanted to have ready-to-feed liquid formula for the flights as mixing the powder formula in bottles can be rather messy and you don’t always have access to fresh water on airplanes. For getting through security I would recommend that you budget some extra time (15 or so minutes) if you bring through liquid formula as TSA spends extra time screening you, at least they did with us.
- Schedule/Naps: While we were on the plane my husband wore our ERGObaby carrier and we put Carter in and out of it throughout the flight. This worked really well for us keeping him on his schedule as he napped twice on the plane both ways. I was so thankful for this as one of my biggest concerns with the travel was that he wouldn’t stay on his schedule.
Overall, Carter was in a pretty good mood and only got fussy right before his naps on the planes. I think we were pretty lucky and I am grateful that he wasn’t really disruptive to those traveling around us.
Traveling with an infant was challenging at times but being able to go on vacation and have him experience a different part of the world was worth the extra work.What tips do you have for traveling with your baby? Share below as I’d love to hear more, especially as Carter gets older and travel becomes more challenging!