Airplane Travel with a Newborn

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

During David's third month of life, we took two trips. The first trip was to Salt Lake City and the second trip was to Indianapolis. Traveling with a baby was much easier than anticipated! Here are my tips for traveling with a newborn:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time. We always made sure we gave ourselves extra time to get through security because it takes a few extra minutes to get the stroller and car seat broken down. (On both trips, we gate checked the car seat and stroller). Giving ourself extra time also gave me a few minutes to grab a coffee, change his diaper, and take a deep breath.
  2. Buy a carseat that can be installed without a base. We currently have the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and the seat can be installed with a regular seatbelt. This means we didn't have to lug around the base. Installing the carseat with a regular seatbelt is super easy. Other carseats with this option: Baby Jogger City Go, Nuna Pipa, and Chicco Keyfit 30.
  3. Bring your Boppy pillow. David was a dream baby on each of our flights. He would nurse, fall asleep, and just hang out on the Boppy. I enjoyed having the support there.
  4. Use a backpack for your carry on. I used my North Face backpack from college. It held everything I needed and kept my hands free. In my carry on:
    • In a packing cube: two sleep n'plays for David, an extra shirt for me, and two burp cloths.
    • In a Bumkins bag: A & D ointment, hand sanitizer, infant Tylenol & syringe, infant thermometer, and aquaphor.
    • In a Bumkins bag: portable charger, iPhone charging cord, and headphones.
    • Reusable, foldable water bottle.
    • Aden + Anais Muslin blanket - I use this to cover David up when he slept and as a nursing cover.
    • Moby Fit wrap - I wore David in this wrap getting on and off the plane.
    • Wallet - with a copy of David's birth certificate.
  5. Make memories. Take lots of pictures. Don't get stressed. Enjoying snuggling that sweet little baby and making memories with your family. And most importantly, don't be afraid to travel with your baby.

Happy travels!

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