We recently traveled to Mexico, and this was Remy’s fourth trip! He is such a trooper, and I have learned so much about traveling with a little one that I wanted to share with you all!
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We first took Remy to NYC when he was 10 weeks old. Justin had a work trip scheduled, and so we decided to tag along last minute. I am so glad we did! It really prepared me for traveling with him as he got a little bigger and more active.
Since then, he has flown to Florida, been on a 5 hour road trip to St. Simons Island, Georgia, and two overnight trips out to Ritz Reynolds. Which, is just an hour and a half outside of Atlanta.
Traveling with Remy on an international flight to Mexico was the furthest and longest plane ride, and trip, for him. He did so well!
Some things that I have learned about flying with a baby:
It’s best to give them a bottle or pacifier for take off and landing because of the pressure changes and it hurting their ears. I would try and give Remy one of his bottles during these times, and if it wasn’t time for him to eat, then I always had a pacifier on hand.
At 10 weeks old Remy slept most of the flight to NYC. Most recently on our trip to Mexico, he was 6 months old, he was awake. I kept him entertained with a few toys that could fit into my diaper bag, music from his music class, or Justin and I would just talk to him about where we were going and keep him engaged.
A few toys that we love for traveling on a plane:
Baby Einstein Glow and Discover Toy – it’s a little bit bigger, but Remy loves it if I can fit it in my bag!
We have the Uppa Baby Vista & Cruz. We have been traveling with the Cruz because it’s a little smaller than the Vista, and still has storage space. Remy’s Mesa Car Seat clicks right in as well. We are now using the seat that comes with the stroller (like in picture), and check the car seat. I do recommend a travel bag for both the stroller and the car seat. We push Remy throughout the airport in his stroller, and then put it in the travel bag and check it at the gate. They will then give it to you when you exit the plane, so you can immediately put your little one back in the stroller!
Honestly, flying with a baby is not that hard. It takes more time, but all in all, it’s much easier than you think. Everyone has told me to travel with Remy while he isn’t mobile. The “no fly zone” they call it once they reach 18 months, and do not want to sit still. So, we have been trying to do that as much as possible. Travel was and is an important part of Justin and I’s relationship, and we want Remy to experience as much as possible with us. We actually have a trip planned with him this Summer as well!
For packing, I typically pack all of Remy’s clothes in a small duffle bag, and put it along with all of his toiletries in a carryon suitcase that we check.
Checklist of things to remember when packing:
Clothes (pack extra for those blow out diapers)
Pajamas (I always bring 1-2 extra)
Overnight diapers if you use them
Bottles (if bottle feeding) – I think 3-4 is good
Bottle washer – we really like this travel one from Boon
Travel size bottle soap – we like Dapple
Travel size soap – we like Noodle and Boo
I always bring gas drops, infant Tylenol, small thermometer, saline spray/drops, bulb syringe and/or NoseFrida, gripe water, and nail clippers.
Solids – baby food pouches or cereal
I hope this helps make traveling a little less worrisome for you! If you have any specific questions, please reach out!