|I was hellbent on avoiding this again at all costs.|
|Wear your baby through the airport!|
|First class his first flight!|
|He met this pilots and got his wings!|
|Tired from screaming and playing with his toy.|
I was surprised to only see my mom. My dad had to run into work for a bit. My mom doesn't like driving to Portland so we had to take the MAX home. Jack fussed a little on the train, but I just nursed him to sleep.
The rest of the trip was great, got to see friends and sorority sisters I haven't seen in years. And Jack got lots of grandparent time. Michael joined us that Friday too.
|He had a solid hour nap on the plane.|
|He couldn't just wait until we landed...|
|He loved looking out the window!|
We got our bags and met my sister-in-law out front. It all went very well and I have no more worries about flying with a baby anymore. Hopefully he stays this good as a toddlers...
Here is my advice for flying with a baby under 6-months-old:
- Plan for every possible scenario. Too hot, too cold, running late, running early, flight cancelled, sick baby, sick parents, tired baby, tired parents & etc. And expect that one of these WILL happen. That way you aren't stressed out when it does happen. I didn't panic when my mom said we had to take MAX instead because I kept that option in mind. I didn't panic when he pooped, because I knew that the pressure might upset his tummy.
- But don't over pack. Have back up things in your diaper bag or carry on, like extra diapers and clothes for sure. But don't bring unnecessary stuff. If your bag is too full, you won't be able to find stuff easily. And it will be a pain to lug around an airport while holding a baby.
- Don't rush, leave plenty of time in case something does happen---like Bay Area traffic. No one wants to be that person running to the gate with a screaming baby. Horrible way to start or end your vacation.
- Wear your baby. If you only remember one thing from this post, make it this. Whether it be a wrap, ring sling, soft structured carrier, buckle carrier, mei tai, or any other type---get that baby on you so you can easily move about the busy airport handsfree.
- Take care of your babies needs right away. Keep them comfortable as possible to avoid a meltdown. Feed, change, play and get them down for a nap as needed, don't delay. Would you be happy sitting in your own pee for a whole plane ride? Or told you can have food as soon as we land when you are starving? I'd sure throw a tantrum too! This is why we changed Jack's diaper right away.
- Try to plan with baby's schedule in mind. That way there is even less chance of a meltdown. We flew around times that Jack naps so he could sleep most of the ride. It worked very well.
- Ask for help if you need it. If that nice flight attendant offers to hold your baby while you sit down, let them. If the person next to you asks if you need help getting a bottle from your bag, accept it. Don't stress yourself out doing it alone.
- Help baby with ear pressure. Nursing, a bottle, pacifier, or anything else they can suck during takeoff and landing is a must. Jack was content with just sucking my finger---but he sucked hard, his ears must have really popped.
- Keep in mind every baby is different. Jack didn't want to nurse, but was happy looking at the window. Maybe your baby will need to nurse the whole flight. Maybe your baby will scream the whole time no matter what you do. All of this is okay, so don't panic if your baby doesn't cooperate.
- Upgrade to first class if you can afford it. And I mean only if you can afford it, don't go broke because I told you it's better. But it really was nicer. More room, free snacks and drinks, and just overall more relaxing with a baby.