Tips for flying with a baby for traveling mamas

I wanted to pass along a few tips from one traveling mama to another if you are thinking about flying with your little one anytime soon.

Before my latest (and first since Jan 2020!) flight across the country, I did what anyone would do who’s a little rusty: I asked Facebook.

I got some great advice, and while my travel experience is still fresh I wanted to share some tips. This time I was flying solo, so adjust your needs and expectations based on your unique travel situation.

Tip 1- Pray for favor – no I’m not joking. This was my #1 strategy in the days leading up to traveling with my baby. I prayed that I would encounter people who wanted to help us, kind strangers, no overweight bags, easy boarding, etc.

Tip 2- Wear something comfy. I wore tennis shoes, leggings, and something easy to nurse in (a tight top and a flowy shirt over it). Also don’t forget to bring an extra top for you, and an extra outfit for the baby.

Tip 3– Gate check your stroller and car seat (if applicable/infant). Doing this made navigating between flights, changing diapers in the bathroom, etc so much easier. I have the UPPA system, and I’m so glad I borrowed the car seat bag from a friend so it stayed protected. I opted not to use the stroller bag because I was traveling alone, but if I was with someone else I would have used it.

Tip 4– Wear your baby! This was the easiest way to get her on and off the plane while being hands free. I put her in the ergo carrier before boarding, and kept her in it as along as she would let me while we were sitting down.

Tip 5– If you are nursing mama, nurse the baby (or give a bottle or paci) while you take off. It will help with the pressure in their ears.

Tip 6– Pack the essentials in a backpack to carry on. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, an extra outfit for baby + top for mom, snacks, a bottle, and any other essentials. I pack my gentle baby + copaiba oil (for baby) and frankincense, peppermint, and CBD calm roller for mama. Baby essentials list here.

Tip 7– If you are flying to visit family or friends, see if there are any bigger baby items you can borrow. For example, a pack n play, dock a tot, bouncer, etc. It’s hard to travel with all the things, but if you could borrow (or even rent if you are going somewhere like Disney) it will make you that much more at peace.

YOU GOT THIS MAMA! Be confident and know that this is so possible. You can still travel and care for your baby! I can’t wait to see all the places you’ll go.

Hey, I'm Wynne!

Hi, friend! First, I truly am so giddy that you are here. I want you to know I believe in you and all the ways you are growing towards living a more intentional life.  I genuinely hope you are encouraged from our time together here.

A little about me, I’m a type 7 on the enneagram, a total extrovert + people lover, entrepreneur, connector, storyteller, people gatherer, and passionate wife, mama + friend. I feel most alive when I’m exploring new places and surrounded by people I love. Give me a day in the outdoors disconnected from wifi, and I am a happy girl. I run on oat milk lattes, Jesus, gratitude journaling and kitchen dance parties with my four kids.
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