5 Tips for Traveling with a Baby
I’ve seen many viral social media posts about parents who hand out little bags of treats to fellow passengers when traveling on a plane with a baby. I’m going on record as saying, that’s not necessary. For one thing, your baby is not nearly as loud to anyone else as he or she is to you. For another, babies are people, too. They’re allowed to travel on planes just like anyone else. Now, I’ll gladly accept if you want to bring a little bag of treats to make up for being an armrest hog. 🙂
Now that my kids are older it’s easy for me to say not to worry so much about traveling with a baby, but I know that parents do worry. Here are my favorite tips for making traveling with a baby easier!
Get a Seat
Under two years of age, babies can fly without a seat. But, if you can afford it, go ahead and pay for that seat. Having the room to spread out will make you and baby so much more comfortable. As a bonus, if the baby has his or her own seat, he or she is much more likely to fall asleep on the plane. Don’t forget, even if you don’t purchase a seat for baby, you can always ask the gate agent if there’s an extra seat available.
Keep the Formula Flowing
Baby safety and money saving expert Sandra Gordon suggests having baby formula at the ready. Airport security can be an extremely lengthy process. Having a prepared bottle for the airport can help keep baby happy during the check-in process. Tell transportation security officers that you have “medically necessary liquids” before the screening portion and store two to four bottles with pre-measured formula in your carry-on bag to mix with bottled water later. A great thrift tip is to use store brand infant formula, which can cost up to 50% less than nationally advertised brands. Store brand formulas have been around for more than 20 years, meet the same FDA standards, and are nutritionally comparable to nationally advertised formula brands. If you use formula exclusively, you’ll save up to $600 per year with a store brand formula over other brands.
Pack for an Emergency
Pack at least one more shirt, pair of pants, and diaper than you already think you need. Also, make sure to pack plastic bags so that if you do run through those clothes, you can take them with you instead of trying to throw them out on the plane.
Take the Pressure Off
Did you know that feeding a baby at take-off and landing can actually help soothe the baby’s ear pressure? According to Betty N. Thesky, author of Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase, “sucking on something, such as a bottle or pacifier, will help relieve ear pressure.” This could mean a less fussy baby.
Keep the Schedule Loose
Obviously, if you’re traveling for a wedding or other family event, it can be hard to be flexible with your schedule, but try to keep your commitments down. It’s hard to know how your baby will react to traveling and you don’t want to feel compelled to rush a cranky baby from event to event. Make sure to remind everyone that you’re traveling with a baby and all times are subject to change!
This post was sponsored by Store Brand Formula, but all ideas are my own.