5 Tips to flying with a baby
Author: Brea Date Posted:8 November 2016
Trust me... it is possible to travel with a baby alone and enjoy it. How? The simple answer to this is to be prepared and dont have high expectations. Below you will find 5 tips to flying with a baby. Trust me... it is possible to travel with a baby alone and enjoy it. How? The simple answer to this is to be prepared and dont have high expectations. Below you will find 5 tips to flying with a baby.
1. Be Organised
I used to be super organise. To the point that I would have lists about making lists. My husband used to cringe at my constant list making and often joked "oh here we go again another list".
After the twins were born the art of making lists became difficult. Time became a factor and I learnt very early on that children are unpredictable. I used to get so anxious when the day didn't go as planned. I found myself so stuck in the planning that I forgot to live in the moment and enjoy myself.
These days I find myself packing an overnight bag just to head out of the house for the day with 2 toilet training boys and an almost 1 year old. 3-4 water bottles, snacks, and lunch boxes, spare clothes, nappies, baby wipes, sunscreen then hats or a jumper each. It has become embedded in my routine to have all this ready.
With a 5am flight and daylight saving pushing our clock forwards an hour I knew I was in for a long trip. It started with a 2.30am wakeup of all the kids. Luckily my boys still have a day nap at daycare.
I knew I was going to need to have a plan of attack to make the plane ride not only pleasant for me and my child but others that would be on the plane.
2. Pack LOTS of food
Xavier is not a big eater yet. He is very much followiing the BLW (Baby Led Weaning) eating plan which means he predominately eats finger foods. It can be rather messy and not what you would take on a plane. I did however pack lots of food - pureed fruit sachets and baby snacks. Food can keep them entertained for a large portion of the flight.
3. Pack Toys
Not knowing how busy the flight would be I had to be prepared for him potenially spending the ful l2 hours in my lap. with this in mind I packed a good assortment of toys - teething toys, mizzie the kangaroo, crinkly book and rattle, He had them all lined up on the chair to play with and show anyone that would pay him attention.
4. Dress them in cute outfits
A cute baby is a crowd pleaser on flights. Xavier is such a placid little thing and he just has this way of melting everyones heart - one smile at a time. I had men and women keeping him entertained in the waiting area prior to the flight and then those sitting around our seat enjoying his company. This on top of the super friendly flight attendants and Xavier was kept entertained with peek a boo and giggles for the majority of the flight.
5. Watch carefully for sleeping cues.
Halfway through the flight I noticed a subtle eye rubbing. I took this cue and packed up all his toys and gave him a feed. Within minutes he was fast asleep I may have fallen asleep myself holding him.
The next thing we knew they were announcing our decent into Melbourne. Xavier continued to sleep through the landing and only woke up as I tried to disembark the plane.