Stroller or backpack carrier?
- Airline tickets
- Copy of birth certificate
- Consent form (apparently if only one parent is flying, it is possible that the ticket counter asks for a consent form from your spouse allowing the child to fly). This has to be notarized and include the child's name, who they are traveling with, where they are traveling, a statement of permission, along with contact information.
I just called my airline (Southwest) to check about this and they DO NOT require it, but other airlines might.
- Change of clothes for baby
- Plastic bags
- Snacks/Solid food for baby (easy/minimal mess)
- Fruit pouches
- Yogurt melts
- Milk (we are breastfeeding... but if you need formula, that would also be on the list.)
- Sippy cup (fill with water once through security- a coffee shop should be able to help you out)
- Hand and face wipes
- Burp cloths
- Nursing cover
- Sound machine (may help baby sleep and drown out some of the noise if sleeping in the airport)
Going through security
Aisle seat or window seat?
- Take the car seat onto the plane. You can attach it to the seat just as you would in a car. With this option you have to lug it around the airport, and you have to pay for a seat for baby.
- Buy an inexpensive car seat, check it (in its original box so no damage will occur), and use it at your destination. The original shipping box accounts for being thrown around in shipping and makes the risk of damage much less. I'd either give it away or sell it before we return home.
- Look into getting a rental car with a car seat in it for our destination.
Don't forget that your baby will need help popping his ears! Just after takeoff, I've read that it is best to give your baby something to drink (bottle/nurse/sippy cup) to help pop his ears. Worst case, give him something to suck on and that should help as well.
Experienced travelers... what tips and tricks have you learned along the way? Leave a comment and let us know!
Once I give this whole traveling with baby thing a shot, I'll have an updated post to write! I'm sure I'll have adjusted my plan and have some tricks up my sleeve for next time!