The first thing to do is take a deep breath and relax!  When you are relaxed your baby will sense it and be relaxed too.  The opposite is true as well so really take that deep breath and relax.  Traveling with an infant really is easy and to make it even easier here are some Travel Tips.

Airport

  • The best way to “fly” through an airport isby wearing your baby on your body. As long as your baby carrier does not have any metal buckles,closures, fasteners, etc then you should be able to keep your baby in the carrier while going through the security check point.  The baby carrier will allow you to know where your baby is all the time, you won’t have strangers trying to touch your baby and you will have your hands free to handle the bags.
  • If you want to bring a stroller use it to push your carry-on bags through the airport.  Once at the gate you can get a special gate-check tag and your stroller will be returned to you at the gate as you de-plane. 

Airplane

  • Be grateful that you are a nursing mom!  Nursing on take-off and landing will alleviate any pressure build-up. 
  • Choosing a window seat will provide you with the most privacy while nursing on the plane.
  • Bring small, quiet toys to entertain your baby.
  • Bring plenty of healthy snacks.

At your destination

  • When renting a car ask for a car seat so you don’t have to bring your own.

 

Travel Tips

Packing

  • Welcome to the world of checked baggage!  Once you have a baby you will probably have more luggage to bring along.  That is just part of having your “bundle of joy” you now have a “bundle of bags!”
  • When traveling with your baby on most U.S. carriers you are allowed to carry-on one diaper bag and one car seat in addition to your one carry-on bag and one personal item (purse or briefcase or small tote.)
  • If you bring your car seat on the plane make sure you have purchased a seat for it.
  • If you check your car seat it does not count towards your checked baggage allowance.
  • You can gate-check your stroller and it will be returned to you at your arrival gate.
  • Fully stock your diaper bag with plenty diapers, wipes, changes of clothes, blanket, spit-up rags, quiet toys, and any other baby necessities. 
  • Make sure you have a change or two of clothes for yourself in your carry-on bag.  I once sat next to a new mom who did not bring enough changes of clothes for herself or baby and she had to buy t-shirts in the airport because her baby spit-up and pooped all over her not once but twice!
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Miscellaneous

  • Your infant can ride in your lap domestically for FREE until they are two years old. 
  • If you travel with your infant in your lap internationally then you will have to pay 10% of a FULL adult fare and airport taxes.  This can be a bit of a shock since they still don’t get their own seat.
  • If going on a cruise you have to pay a child’s rate no matter what the age of your baby.

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