Next week I'm flying home to see my family, so I thought I'd share my experience and tips on flying with an infant.
Before my inaugural flight this summer, I'm pretty sure I ground down a back molar worrying about it. When KP and I safely arrived at our destination, I downed an entire bottle of vino in celebration of my survival.
Here's to hoping that these tips will ease any worrying-so you won't loose sleep or teeth like I did...
1. Research your airline
Know exactly what you can bring on the plane, where you need to check certain items, what documents to bring and what to expect. Most airline sites are very user friendly with all this info.
2. Travel Light
Since I knew I was going to be trudging through the airport by myself, I restricted my luggage. I checked one bag for the both of us and brought one tote on the plane. Yes, even with all the millions of baby gear items, it can be done. You will be glad.
3. Think through your feeding situation
I was nursing at the time so I had my hooter hider and back up bottles with formula in case something happened. Having a back-up plan with the formula put me at ease. I also carried on the boppy. While it was a pain to mess with, I was glad to have it.
4. Leave your good stroller at home
I bought a snap-n-go for our flight, and it worked beautifully. I didn't have to worry about the airline damaging my good stroller, and the snap-n-go was all of 5lbs to lift onto the security belt. Since I was by myself, it was super easy to push KP around-in her car seat-till we got to the gate.
5. Be strategic in your outfit
We were in the "puking everywhere stage" when we flew last time, so I wore a dark-print maxi dress. I figured that if I landed and was covered in spit-up, I would be the only one to know.
Not that this is extremely important or anything, but a girl still has to feel good about herself even when she's covered in puke....
6. Don't forget your manners
I met some of the nicest people in line at security, on the plane, and waiting to board. Everyone was more than gracious, shared their stories of flying with an infant, and were very accommodating.
7. Don't forget your sense of humor
The only minor hiccup we had during our flights was on the return leg. As we were boarding, I couldn't collapse the stroller. After I panicked for a second, and said a not-so-nice word or two, I left the stroller standing and boarded the plane.
It survived and so did I.
8. You will feel like a gold-medal champion when you arrive
I was so worried about the flight-but at the end of the day-whatever is gonna happen is gonna happen. I figured if massive poo hit the fan, I would buy everyone around me a drink.
I wasn't compensated to write this post, but if Southwest would like to send me miles or a flight-
I'd accept graciously.