Have Baby, Will Travel (Part 1).

I am slightly ashamed to admit that when l was a happy-go-lucky twenty-something traveller, l used to (silently) curse parents who brought small screaming babies onto planes. When my peers started creating ‘mini-me’s in my early thirties l developed much more sympathy, and just turned my headphones up a bit. Nowadays l am the parent in the front of the row of seats, desperately shovelling the hot meal into her mouth with her left hand whilst balancing a baby in the right; walking wild-eyed and wild-haired up and down the aisles trying to calm a fractious monster; performing contortions in the toilet to pee and change the baby simultaneously; and then tented under a blanket too afraid to move for hours lest the baby on her lap awake.

Now l have to do it all again, with a boy who is four months older, substantially larger, more mobile and wilful than on his last plane adventure. I like to be prepared (must be the Girl Guide in me) so have scoured the internet for helpful tips for travelling with a child in general, of which there are many – thankyou all you wonderful parent bloggers out there. Here follows my plan for survival (it will also, no doubt, include at least one beer).

Blanket and PJs. In the vain hope that there might be some sleep taking place.

Blanket and PJs. In the vain hope that there might be some sleep taking place.

Food Glorious Food. And, yes, l have decanted the formula into ziplock bags. Ziplock bags are my new post-it notes.

Food Glorious Food. And, yes, l have decanted the formula into ziplock bags. Ziplock bags are my new post-it notes.

Toys and books. Noisy Farm does what it says on the tin. Fellow passengers are going to be rudely awakened by cocks crowing and cows mooing. It will add a frisson of excitement to their otherwise boring airplane experience.

Toys and books. Noisy Farm does what it says on the tin. Fellow passengers are going to be rudely awakened by cocks crowing and cows mooing. It will add a frisson of excitement to their otherwise boring airplane experience.

The Essentials. Sterlising bags, bibs, muslins (the Aden & Anais ones are huge, we could probably make one into a parachute if we got desperate), and Calpol.

The Essentials. Sterlising bags, bibs, muslins (the Aden & Anais ones are huge, we could probably make one into a parachute if we got desperate), and Calpol.

A travelling outfit. This contains more layers than he has worn in his life. But it also looks cute, which may help me persuade other travellers to look kindly on him when he is trying to throw his rattle at them/wake them up with farm animal noises.

A travelling outfit. This contains more layers than he has worn in his life. But it also looks cute, which may help me persuade other travellers to look kindly on him when he is trying to throw his rattle at them/wake them up with farm animal noises.

If all else fails... have iPad, will distract baby.

If all else fails… have iPad, will distract baby.

Have Baby, Will Travel (Part 2) will follow when we arrive in the UK. In the meantime, if you read of a family that was evicted from a plane as their baby boy attempted to climb into the cockpit and drown the pilot in dribble, that is probably us.

P.S Any more tips from you wise parenting folk are always welcome.

17 thoughts on “Have Baby, Will Travel (Part 1).

  1. 1. I think giving your co-passengers (at least the ones near you) some sort of earmuffs would be a good idea!

    2. Carry more amount of baby food than his normal consumption. When traveling, babies’ food cycle becomes erratic.

    3. have at least 2-3 feeding bottles with you (this will help you take rest and sleep for some time)

    Will post more when I think of it! 🙂

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  2. You will be fine! Just remember to pack some fever reducer and benadryl (decongestant). I work in pediatrics and our doctors always recommend giving benadrly for long flights for toddlers and infants to help with decongestion (air pressure). Make sure you have him drinking or sucking on pacifier if he uses one at take off. My friend just flew to Japan with a 14 month old (military life) and she made little goody bags for few of the passangers around her. She put in some candy and snacks in little ziplock bags and a note with and placed on seats since she was the first one to enter the plane….”I’m 14 months old and on my first international flight. Mommy and Daddy are nervous and apologize in advance if I cry in dicomfort or fright, so we packed some goodies and treats just for you. Mommy packed earplug in case I start to cry, but if you want to say hi to me, feel free to come by! I hope you like what you’ve found in your seats, as my lucky flight neigboor you deserve some treats.
    Have a great flight 🙂 ”

    I hope its a breeze for you, just relax and remember our mood rubbs off on the kids 🙂

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    • Great advice, thankyou, especially about the benadryl. Those goody bags sound amazing, we will definitely steal that idea – and keep a couple for ourselves 🙂 Thanks again, will let you know how it goes 🙂

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  3. How old is your baby? I traveled solo with my son when he was 6 months. He did great!! Looks like you have a good plan in place too. I found that having him in pjs kept him most comfortable during the flights. I am hoping to travel with him again when he is just under 2 years old but I’m thinking it may be a lot more difficult than when he was 6 months. 🙂

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  4. ‘Ziplock bags are my new post-its” made me chuckle because I wholeheartedly agree. Ziplock bags and baby wipes!

    So you’ve got all the essentials listed, I just wanted to add one more thing: a baby harness so that you can keep your hands free. Have fun with the trip! It will be one for the memory banks 🙂

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    • Oh yes, Baby Wipes. We have packs upon packs dotted about the house and in every bag. 🙂 Thanks for advice – the Ergo carrier is definitely coming on board – my arms will go numb if l try and carry him around for more than 15 minutes 🙂

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  5. I have never traveled on a plane with Boo… I don’t think I am brave enough! A short flight of a couple of hours might be ok, but she would want to be wandering up and down the plane all flight long!

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  6. Not so much advice, but i thought i’d mention it… I seem to be the guy they pick for the ‘random’ bomb test thing every time i go into an airport. We recently went in to Canberra to pick up my brother, i walked through holding our 3year olds hand and still got ‘randomly’ picked… Still no idea what it is about me, i don’t think im that shady. Look forward to reading you Anna, happy new year! 🙂

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  7. Lovely layout of your post.
    As for advice – we found dummies worked a treat to help their ears pop on take off & landing. Baby Girl doesn’t usually have a dummy but she knew exactly what to do & definitely helped. Landing is worse for them than take off the air steward told us.

    Definitely take extra formula, bottles & food. Push comes to shove, you can use bottled water (check sodium levels) if you can’t get sterilised water to refill bottles with.

    And don’t forget a change of clothes for both you & OH. Baby Girl monumentally threw up all over me on her first flight. She’s never thrown up like it before or since. I think they know you’re in a confined space & need testing……

    And finally, forget the other passengers. You’ll never see them again.

    Good luck.

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