When I was on parental leave, Timon and I went to Asia for 5 weeks. It was the first time we traveled oversea with Lori. Thankfully it was a great experience overall! Lori did great for the most part, but I’ve learned a few tricks that had made it easier for me as a first-time mom. So here are 3 tips to make traveling on the plane with your baby less stressful and more enjoyable for the whole family.
1. Plan Ahead
It may sound obvious, but good planning really goes a long way. The first thing you must consider is the length of the flight, but don’t forget to count the time you’ll be staying at the airport waiting for departure and when you arrive at destination. With this information, you can plan how many diapers, wipes, and formula/breast milk you need to bring to the airport and for the plane ride.
2. Opt for Efficiency
When taking the plane, you want to make things easy for yourself as much as possible. Instead of bringing powdered formula, I brought a bottle of ready-to-feed formula. That way I didn’t have to worry about boiled water on the plane, and it eliminates several steps of preparing a bottle. I also used Playtex bottles with drop-in liners. I don’t have to worry about washing the bottle after every single feed and sanitizing it. With the drop-in liners, it’s easy breezy; after every feed, I throw the liners and I only have to wash the nipple which can be done easily. Also, I avoided bringing purée food on the plane because I didn’t want to make a mess while feeding Lori.
3. Don’t Worry
Traveling on the plane with baby for the first time can be stressful, especially for first-time moms. I was anxious at first and also worried for all sorts of reasons, mainly her sleeping schedule. I was afraid that because of jet lag, she’d be awake every 2 hours like during her newborn stage. I was also worried that she’d get sick because of the plane ride and as a result of the sudden change of temperature. But I’ve been told that babies are like super humans. Typically, they adjust to changes really well and that was the case for Lori.
If you’re like me and like to put your baby on schedule, just know that it doesn’t matter how hard you try to do it, your baby eating and sleeping habits will slightly change but will be back to normal in no time. And to ease my mind in case Lori gets sick, I brought with me some baby Tylenol and the baby book that the hospitals give you when you register for your delivery. The book covers everything from what to do if baby coughs, has nasal congestion, fever, diarrhea, etc.
You know, I hear a lot of young couples saying that they’re not ready to have a baby because there are so many things they want to do as a couple, like traveling, before settling down with a new member in the family. I get that. Although traveling with an infant can be really challenging, it can still be fun! I hope these 3 tips above will help make your travels on the plane with baby less stressful and encourages you to still discover the world despite the expansion of your family.
Happy travels and let me know what are you favorite places to travel with babies and kids! I need to add more countries on my bucket list. 😉