Traveling with a Newborn March 6, 2014
Pemberley took her first flight when she was three weeks old. I was a bit anxious about flying with a baby that young. It went great, though. Here are some tips and ideas that worked well for us:
- Remember that most airports have a family line so you can get through security faster.
- The well-packed diaper bag is essential. In it, I put diapers and wipes, of course. I also keep a few pacifiers in a plastic bag. The plastic bag is important because little fuzzies and dirt love to cling to the pacifiers and, since newborns can’t remove that from their own mouths, you could end up with a fussy baby and no clue why. I typically dip a pacifier in water to remove any fuzzies before putting it in her mouth.
- I also carry disposable bags for dirty diapers and soiled clothes.
- Definitely bring a couple baby outfits. It’s amazing how fast they go through them.
- I keep a bib on her so hopefully spit-ups won’t make their way past the bib.
- Bring a scarf for easy cover-up for yourself in case spit-up makes its way to your shirt.
- Don’t forget a couple spit-up rags.
- I bring a very thick hooded bunting to keep her warm. Remember, it gets cold on the plane and babies don’t have the padding we do. Keeping them warm can definitely help keep fussing at bay.
- I like to wear a cozy cape I can easily slide her under for breastfeeding.
- Remember to breastfeed during takeoff and landing to keep their ears open. The key is to time feedings so they are hungry during that time. Otherwise, have a pacifier handy. Typically, Pemberley falls asleep while nursing. I keep her under my cape where it is warm and dark. Even if she isn’t asleep, she likes it under there where there is less stimulation. Read Full Post