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Yep, we're going to attempt getting on a plane. God help me.... Ladies, i am terrified. Can anyone offer suggestions or advice? Im clueless....and did i mention terrified? Evan is a vocal guy and i am so scared there is going to be a lot of screaming...i think we have about a 7 hour trip. Eeeek!!!
Max flys a LOT! I think he has flown about a dozen times round trip already.
Anyway, I think that the stress leading up to it can be the worst! I always back WAY to much to drink (milk in bottles, juice in sippies, whatever you KNOW Evan will drink!) and lots of easy snacks. I really don't worry about his nutrition when we are flying, I figure it's just one day and I'd rather he be happy. I also bring new, different, small and easy toys. If he takes a paci, have LOTS on hand!
Security is usually GREAT when you are traveling with a baby/toddler! They always let me in the family lane and go right through. I've never had issues with bring lots of liquids for Max or anything.
Are you taking a stroller or a car steat? They let you gate check them for free, so that is nice, and sometimes if there is an extra seat, they will let you put the baby in the seat in his car seat (which can make it so easy! although I would recommend rear facing him in the airplane, even if you don't at home. He'll be able to see you and not kick the people in front of you...I had a bad experience with that once!). If not, it's okay too!
I usually wear Max in the Ergo through the airport, it leaves my hands free for luggage and other things. Are you traveling with your DH? Having an extra set of hands would be great But if not, Max and I always do really well on our own! And people are so friendly and helpful! Some airports let me wear him in the Ergo through security, which is great! Some don't though. Also, some flight attendants will let you keep him in the baby carrier on the plane and some won't. It's kind of hit or miss on that.
Make sure you have him wear comfy clothes so that he can be as relaxed as possible on the plane. If we fly early or late, I usually have him in one piece jammies. Otherwise, I'll have him wear sweats and a onesie shirt.
When I first get on the plane, I put everything I need in easy reach. I put one or two bottles and a sippy in the seat pocket in front of me. TONS of snacks (fruit snacks, mini packs of gold fish or graham crakers, cheese sticks, whatever is easy to eat and that he loves!) in there, too. And then a few little toys, but honestly, I don't worry too much about the toys because he usually just throws them anyway It just depends on how easily distracted Evan is.
I think the best piece of advice is to accept help! Especially from the TSA agents, flight attendants, pilots. Every now and then, I run into some crabs, but honestly for the most part, people are great and understanding. Also, don't be afraid to speak up if you need something!
And remember, even if he cries the whole flight...everyone will get through it It's hard and you feel bad for him, for everyone around you, but the less you stress the more likely it is that he will calm down. And in the end, you'll all get to your destination in one piece
__________________ Amy: Wife to my Handsome Husband Mommy to my superhero, Max (3) and Luckiest Bonus Mama to Sammy (5)
Cohen has flown two separate times, and the one time had 4 stops (crazy) but he seemed to sleep more than usual on the plane. I brought lots of snacks, Hayden's iTouch and they shared it, books, etc. I'm sure he'll do GREAT! Amy's advice is RIGHT ON!