travel with a baby part II

We did it! We got from our house to Florida and back through the use of air transport. Woot Woot! It was just as hard as I imagined but also smoother than I could have anticipated. Does that make sense? The visit was really great. We were able to spend a long weekend with family and cherish the moment when Henry met his cousins. It was not only special but well worth any headache that comes with upsetting a baby's usual routine in order to travel by plane. Of course, traveling with a baby changes right alongside that changing baby. While we felt confident with our recent journey, Henry won't be like this the next time. He isn't crawling yet so that is a game changer I am sure. But, for now, we nailed it and got everyone home safe and sound. Did we learn anything this time about getting a family through the airport?  Sure, pack efficiently, do your best to squeeze in a nap, and relax it will all be fine!

(1) Pack efficiently: We thought about this part of the trip a lot! We wanted to make sure that we had on our person everything we would need to keep little man happy, clean, and fed and have a checked bag that contained everything else we would need. We flew with JetBlue which made checking a bag perfect since they don't charge for the first bag. We divided our checked bag into thirds. David packed his third, I packed my third, and we packed Henry's third. What did we pack for Henry?

  • 24 diapers, 6 night diapers
  • 12 pouches of baby food
  • 3 bibs
  • 2 spoons
  • 1 hat
  • 1 coat
  • 1 zip up hoodie
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 5 pants
  • 5 onesies
  • 2 pjs
  • baby shampoo
  • Tranquil Sleep Turtle

The rest of Henry's gear was carried aboard with us. David wore a travel crib as a backpack so Henry would have a place to rest his head at our destination. We were really happy with this purchase. While it was a bit of an investment, with all the travel we have coming, we felt like it would be worth it in the end. Henry was very comfortable and the crib could not have been easier to assemble, carry, and disassemble. I carried the diaper bag packed with:

  • 3 diapers, wipes, butt paste
  • Toys
  • Nursing cover
  • 2 pouches of food, 1 spoon
  • 1 empty bottle, 1 sleeve of formula, 1 nipple (just in case)
  • 2 binkys
  • 1 bib
  • 4 books (Giraffe's Can't Dance, Everywhere Babies, The Going to Bed Book, Baby Loves Summer)
  • ErgoBaby 360
  • Blanket

I also carried my pump aboard. Note to all mommy travelers: Make sure that if you plan to  bring an ice pack with you to keep the milk cool that it is frozen through and through. The TSA almost confiscated mine, but thankfully it was mostly frozen and the supervisor permitted me to take it through (ignore that government if you reading this). And, we cruised through the airport using an umbrella stroller for lightweight, easy travel. I know, I know it sounds like we packed a ton but seriously it all came together and there was absolutely nothing we were lacking. This helped make the transition to the new space easy and we were able to truly focus on spending time with our family.

(2) Do your best to squeeze in a nap:  It was not easy to get Henry to nap on the flight. There was just so much to look at and experience, how could one sleep?  Henry had fun looking out the window, babbling to the flight attendants, and peaking and smiling at the other passengers around him. Everyone near us was super friendly toward him as well. And, when he did get a bit fussy, David held him close and rocked him as best he could to sleep. He only slept for about 30-40minutes which isn't nearly what he is used to doing, but it was enough to take the edge off and he remained pleasant for the duration of the flight.

(3) Relax it will all be fine:  Traveling with a baby is a bit unpredictable. But, it is also really fun. Everything is so new for them and you get to experience the wonder of flight through their eyes. And, each time he flies over the next few years this wonder will only increase. Yes, he may fuss and yes we will probably forget something next time, but what can you do?  You just have to throw up your hands and enjoy the ride as best as you can. If the people around you freak out because your baby is upset, do your best to relax, breathe, and know that you are doing the best that you can. It will be fine, they will be fine, and most importantly the baby will be fine. As long as the flight is safe, you're perfect!