How to Fly with a Baby

November 24, 2014


P1010054-1P1010103-4I had heard a lot of horror stories and unbelievable miracle tales of traveling with a baby. Traveling is a must for my family so I was excited to take the plunge with Grant being 6 months old. 

We are on The Big Island of Hawaii this week. It took a 5 hour flight from LAX to Oahu and a quick sub-one-hour flight to Hawaii. He slept almost the entire time!!!!

Best tips I read and made up are:

1. Carry the baby in a carrier (we use Ergo) and check the carseat and stroller with your bags.

2. Pack LIGHT! Bring diapers for part of the trip and buy the rest there. We are on a 2 week trip so I didn’t want to pack that many diapers.

3. Bring a change of clothes for you, your companion and the baby in your carryon that will be a smaller roller suitcase. The diaper bag will be under the seat in front of you. 

4. Pack toys that are new for the baby. I found this crinkle book at Walmart and he LOVES it. He only gets it on the plane.

5. Pack some Oxyclean for stain soaking at your destination.

6. Pack light! We only checked one large suitcase for the 3 of us. It is glorious!! We also had one diaper bag, a roller carryon, a carseat with base and a stroller (which we still have not opened-you may not even need one).  Our airline (and most) did not charge to check in the carseat and stroller.

7. Nurse/feed the baby upon takeoff and landing to help with their ears adjusting to altitude changes. If the baby starts a fit during the flight, run to the bathroom! Luckily this didn’t happen but he did get fussy and my husband took him for a 20 minute slow saunter around the plane. 

Get to the airport with plenty of time for diaper changes, feedings, getting food etc.

Nap when you can! I got in 2 power naps during the flight and had superhero strength to care for Grant when he was awake. 

Traveling with a baby is a lot of work. I have to say that it is still super fun getting away and having little adventures. Even just watching movies in another bedroom is fun just like it was before having a baby.

  • I’ve heard plenty of horror stories, but it’s great to know that it wasn’t the worst thing ever for you!

    • Becca, I admit I was kinda scared to fly with a kiddo but I just went in running! HA! I didn’t even need a drink! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Looks like you managed to put your tips to good use as you made it to the Big Island and Grant sure looks happy to be there. Enjoy your time in Oahu! Happy Thanksgiving Christina!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • Rowena!! I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is going super well and I hope you have some shopping to share!! It is so awesome here!!! Thank you!

  • Ooh, such good tips friend!!

    • Thank you, Chelsea! I love “tip” blog posts but go through phases of thinking, “Who am I to give tips?” Well, I’m in a tip-giving phase now! HA! I love yours and you truly inspire me!

  • Jen Kleiner

    Excellent tips! Great pics! Love this blog!

    • Thank you, LOVE! YOU are one of my favorite people to travel anywhere with too!!!

  • Pamela Bannon

    These are great tips! Have so much fun in Hawaii!

    • Thank you, Pamela! I bet your daughter LOVES traveling with you! You are too fun.