Isa has flown a few times since he’s been born.
The first time went smooth but Isa was also 3 months. The second time I flew with Amin and we forgot to bring an extra pair of socks. Isa covered his first pair in pea purée; we ran around the airport looking for baby socks and saw nothing.
After a few more mishaps and mistakes the other times we have flown, I have finally mastered how to fly with a (big) baby!
Make sure your flight is later on in the evening. This ensures your baby will, hopefully, fall asleep during the flight. I personally tried to keep Isa’s naps to a minimum when we flew by ourselves for the first time to Atlanta.
One we boarded, he jumped around for a few minutes, became friends with the lady who sat next to us, and then knocked out during takeoff- success!
Bring a large variety of food and snacks. Babies can be picky with what they want, especially as they get older and are in unfamiliar situations. I brought some “Happy Baby” Organic cereal puffs in a baby friendly Tupperware, some teething wafers, and I like to buy fresh fruit for Isa too. For actual meals, I like to buy ready made food purée pouches. They are super convenient and the only ingredients included (that I purchase) are solely fruits and veggies.
For actual meals, I like to buy ready made food purée pouches. They are super convenient and the only ingredients included (that I purchase) are solely fruits and veggie.
For protein on the go, I like to boil or grill slightly seasoned chicken and pack it into a 4 ounce Tupperware bowl.
It’s probably ideal to bring like 8 extra pair of socks, onesies, shirts, and pants for your little one… kidding!
BUT, do be sure to bring an extra pair or two of outfits. Planes can be cold and cramped so I like to change Isa into pajamas with a clean diaper right before we board the plane.
BIG lesson: airplane changing tables are crowded and squishy af.
These are essential for keeping your baby entertained during long flights. Isa HATES sitting in one place for more than 30 seconds, but I can keep him distracted if I bring 3-4 toys- teddy bears, tech toys, chew toys, the works.
This is more on personal preference. I tried the wrap technique and Isa hated being confined in it.
However, he loves being able to see what’s happening so my Baby Bjorn baby carrier is perfect to travel anywhere with Isa. It keeps him front facing and I don’t have to worry about my arms falling off while carrying him around!
With all of these tricks, I was able to smoothly travel with my big bub and had a blast doing it!
Would you like to see what I include in my diaper bag when I travel? Let me know in the comments!