If your baby will soon be coming on their first flight with you, it can be quite a daunting experience. The main difference between taking a flight and other forms of travel is that when you drive, you could always stop somewhere to pick up anything that may be missing. On a long haul flight though, that is impossible. This is what makes it more worrying. If you do not take the right things you will have an awful flight. The best thing that you can do is to ensure that you are well packed and well prepared. To help you along, we found a great resource that you can refer to below.
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hello friends welcome back tomorrow we leave for Florida is our first time flying with Miles he's about six and a half months old and I figured I would just kind of bring you guys along so I thought I just sort of like to share our experience I know flying with a baby is something a lot of parents worry about especially new parents I figured I would just share with you really quickly some of how we're packing so this is our big suitcase we could probably fit everything in here but we're just not going to because of weight but we put all of our really light stuff in here so I use these packing cubes which are really great especially for babies because they just have so much stuff and their stuff is like so tiny so all of miles of stuff is in packing cubes I have a packing cube for toys this one is like linens and then there's one underneath that's all of his clothes and then Michael and I have our clothes in here as well then we're just bring in a small extra suitcase and I'm gonna put heavier stuff in here so I have his clip-on highchair and this is like his toiletries if you will and then we'll be putting like our toiletries in here I make myself lots of lists so I don't forget what to bring so this is the stroller bag and I actually was able to put the pack and play cover in here as well this is the car seat bag we borrow this from a friend because we didn't own one and it's huge like it's big enough to carry a toddler sized car seat so there's extra space in here so I threw two things in there there's a blanket and then there's his diaper bag and then for now I just have his carrier in here and that I'll throw on when we get to the airport since obviously he's going to be in the car seat on the way to the airport last but not least is my carry-on which has a nice stand on it that's that's nice this is my portable changing mat that I always use I got to throw some more diapers in here I'm gonna throw a couple of what is this an old granola bar wrapper that I definitely don't need gonna throw a couple of burp cloths in there a couple of sleep and plays I have my nursing cover in here I have a change of clothes for me in there because baby spit-up and I don't want to have to sit and spit up all day if that happens which is just like some pacifiers and a tea third and the last thing I have is just my bag that I will like pull out because it's liquids so I have a hand sanitizer in there and then I also packed infant tylenol my pediatrician suggested it because he said if miles having trouble like with his ears popping because of the altitude that it would help and then the last thing that I am putting in my carry-on is actually a cooler with just a bunch of frozen purees that I've made for him and then when I come home the cooler will have any breast milks that I've pumped well we're on vacation both of these things baby food and breast milk you're allowed to bring you know you ought to bring as a carry-on with you there's one other packing cube that I'm bringing this is all like food related things I'm not bringing my pump with me because I figured this is my vacation too but I am bringing my manual pump in my Hakka just in case I need something and then a couple of extra bottles all right we are on our way we are leaving 20 minutes late not too bad I mean I don't want to brag but me and the baby we're ready what is it about husbands we are going to drop our car off at the car place and then shuttle over to the airport we got our off the car got all the bags into the airport good to go apparently you need your baby's birth certificate to prove that they're under the age of two to fly we did not know this so luckily we were able to call our pediatrician and they're faxing over our medical form to Southwest so that we can get on our plane hopefully this is the only big snack where we fall into guys i jinxed us by saying that I hope nothing else went wrong because our flights been delayed two hours so we're just going to hang out the terminal I'm feeding miles that Michael and I are gonna eat and I'm not gonna say that I hope nothing else goes wrong I don't want to jinx anything else here's the moral of the story is I tried to like plan meiosis eating naps all accordingly so then they could be ready to eat in the nap right when we got on the plane you can't plan I mean it's let alone with babies but believe babies and air travel you just got to go with the flow well if you have a delay to get snacks Michael let you get to a McDonald's I decided to try to get something healthy which is always a bad idea and an airport so it's just like but I got this tofu hole it's not so bad I'm gonna take miles out for a little while and let them kind of hang out and hope that that gets tired so they checked it out I feel like a big part of flying with babies is just like a head game if you get worried and nervous and like stress out with everything that goes wrong and finish it's going to go worse so you got to just like roll with the punches we're killing time Michael's coming Michael doesn't like to fly that's how people drink their martinis all right my friends flash-forward I'm now home from vacation kind of got separated from my camera and I just want to share with you guys like the rest of the experience so on our way there our flight got delayed two hours and then when we boarded the plane its Southwest which is open seating I'm so on the way there we got group a so we got better choice for seating and we were busily at the front most feet now I like the front most seat because you get ton more legroom it's just way more comfortable with a baby when the seatbelt sign came undone I was able to stand up with miles and there was a little spot where I could sort of stand with him but important thing to know is if you get that front most seat you cannot have your bags with you during taxine landing or takeoff they have to go in the overhead compartment it was worth it to not have my bag during those times to be able to have all the extra legroom with miles but a little trick so that you know if you're flying with young children you actually always get to board between groups a and Group B and people actually sort of line up by the gate not where the a and B section is but there's like a separate area where the families line up a lot of people will debate is it better to have the window seat or the aisle seat I chose the window seat because I nursed miles during takeoff and during landing I heard that it would help him with his ears poppy and due to the altitude I don't know if it did but he didn't get fussy during takeoff or during landing and actually kind of helped him fall asleep as well so both times the flight was like almost three hours and he slept for maybe like two hours of each flight the rest of the time he was awake and he just kind of you know hung out we had a toy be kind of bounced him we passed it back and forth between Michael and I so it's kind of nervous about like what am I gonna do if he's awake on this plane but um you know we kept them we kept them entertained so now that I've done it what do I suggest you have on your carry-on for your baby obviously miles is only six months is going to be different maybe if your baby's a little younger a little older the things that really we made sure that we had that really mattered was a pacifier I had my nursing cover which some people don't really care about having nursing cover their cub they're comfortable nursing and not worrying about being covered I like having a nursing cover because just one it just makes me feel more comfortable nursing in public I feel like I can do it anywhere and not have to worry about it specially on an airplane and an airport where there are people everywhere that it's not really any private space and actually to be honest the nursing cover ended up being a good little hack because after he fell asleep I was able to sort of keep him under the nursing cover after he fell asleep and it kind of acted like blackout curtains a little bit so it stayed nice and dark in there and allowed him to continue sleeping I packed one of his big muslin cloth to have really spills if he spit up or whatever it also was great just like if I need to throw it down on the ground if I need just to put him down I need to lay him down it was a barrier between the Kim and the ground in the airport and then I just brought like two or three little toys I didn't overstock my carry-on with a bunch of stuff I think I brought two toys maybe you know at this age they can be entertained by a lot we used like napkins and straws and all sorts of other things to entertain them as well I didn't want to be bogged down with a bunch of stuff because I find the more stuff that ends up in your bag harder is to find what you need when it's time so another tip that I will give you obviously it's best if your baby can be kind of sleepy when you get on the plane because obviously sleeping through the plane ride is best so for us we chose to go for flights during nap time because the flight was under three hours if it was going to be a longer flight I probably would have done an overnight flight so what a coincided with his nighttime sleep so he could have just like assumed it was bedtime and slept longer and what we did is once we got basically checked in and through TSA we tried to just keep miles awake and what I like to do at home is just you know do things that are going to sort of stimulate him because basically my thought process is I'm just trying to sort of like fill up his sleepy cup so that he'll be tired when it's time to flies I did wear him through TSA and I had my carrier just if case I needed to be hands-free it was really easy to carry him through security and really easy to carry him through when it was time to board but in between those two times I took him out of the carrier and I let him you know look around we stopped at a restaurant I even a few times took that big muslin cloth that I packed and just threw it down on the floor and let him have a little bit of tummy time it helped prevent him from just getting like really antsy also can we appreciate my shirt today it says mama needs coffee one of you guys who follows me on instagram actually messaged me she made these shirts and she sells them on Etsy she makes a bunch of different ones but this one was obviously my favorite and I thought was really cute I'll link her down below now as far as the big debate do you check the stroller or do you bring the stroller through security and gay check it for us not having a stroller worked fine obviously we just had one baby with two babies you might want a stroller but it was just so much easier to use our carrier going through security with the carrier was so easy you don't have to take your baby out of the carrier they're gonna have you go through the metal detector instead of like that x-ray machine and then they usually will do that like test on your hand which I'll be honest I don't know if they're testing for probably like certain chemicals I'm not really sure and it was really easy and really really simple and so much easier than having to lug around our stroller and then break it down and all of that another tip I will say is especially if it's your first time flying particularly your first time flying with a baby on this airline is always call the airline ahead of time and make sure you're not missing anything if you saw when we flew we flew Southwest and we got there and we're ready to check in and they're like hi we need the baby's birth certificate and Michael and I just looked at each other with like deer and headlights because we had no idea that we needed a baby's birth certificate and apparently this is not a very common thing because when I shared on Instagram stories so many of you are like what the heck I fly all the time with my baby and I've never needed a birth certificate just call your airline ahead of time and make sure you're not missing anything when it comes to having the baby with you my last tip with flying with babies is a lot of it I think I might be already said this is a little bit of a mind game most people are a little bit anxious they're a little nervous you don't want to be the person on the plane with the crying baby but at the end the day you can't really plan it all perfectly and you can't you don't know what a baby's gonna do you don't know if they're gonna be fussy you don't know if they're gonna freak out you can only plan so much and then you kind of just got to be like ah right jesus take the wheel you know so I think some of it is just like not stressing not worrying if your baby starts to get fussy if your baby starts crying like don't stress about it don't worry about what others people on your on the plane are thinking like oh great I'm stuck next to the family with the baby and just focus on your child and do the best that you can nobody's gonna die because they listen to a baby so anyways hope this was helpful to some of you guys I know flying and traveling with babies for the first time it's definitely nerve-wracking and hopefully this video makes some of you feel a little bit better if you're planing to do it for the first time it really was not that bad it's not something to stress about but it's so worth it you should definitely take trips with your children visit family do all that don't let the fear of flying with children or the fear of throwing off their sleep schedule prevent you from like having these memories with your children it's so worth it I'm gonna share a couple more sort of just general traveling with baby tricks that I sort of learned from this trip obviously I'm no expert but these are just some things that I did that worked for us and I'm gonna share those in a blog post that I'm gonna post with this video so I will link that down below if you're looking for some more like overall tips but I appreciate you guys stopping by I hope you're having a fantastic day and I will see you all in my next video