As parents one of the most daunting activities has to be your first flight with a baby or toddler.
There never seems to be enough information to prepare you for the stress related to how your child will react to a flight or how to keep those wiggly bottoms sitting long enough to not lose your sanity.
We took bear on his first flight to Johannesburgh when he was just 3 months old.
Papa was amazing , not only did he manage to book the Return flights to Johannesburg but he also arranged with our airline for a wheelchair for me to be able to access the flight.
My nerves were shot. How do you fly with a baby? What do you need? How would I cope? What could we take with us and numerous other questions swam around my head.
Not only did i ask around but I went online and researched the best ways to travel with kids.
This YouTube video was incredibly helpful.
One of my biggest fears with a small baby was needing something and not having it in hand.
So , I compiled a comprehensive list of what parents need to pack for flying with a baby and tried to pack as light as I could for bear. That in itself was difficult as its tempting to take everything … Just in case.
Deciding on which big items to take was also difficult as I wasn’t sure if we were allowed to take our prams and car chairs with.
I was happy to discover that several airlines also allow you to take your pram and car chair without counting it as extra luggage. However it would be wise to ask if this is allowed when you book your flight.
Thankfully we were going to family who had these items so did not need to take them along. You could also hire them from various baby stores once you arrive and a family Uber can be pre-arranged with a car seat .
Packing for baby
- Plane Tickets …if baby has his own seat
- Passports & Other ID
- Consent Form if both parents are not travelling
To keep baby busy
- Tablet or Laptop & Charger and/or DVD Player (if baby is old enough) & DVDs, headphones
- Toys, I packed in 4 of his favourites that I knew woukd keep him busy for a while.
To keep baby comfortable
- Baby’s ‘Woobie’ or special blanket or toy, bear loves his snuggle bunny.
- Soother and bottle
- Pain syrup for baby’s ears should they pain with altitude.
Baby’s diaper bag
- 1 Diaper per every hour of your journey
- Disposible diaper bags
- 2 changes of clothes for baby
- Plastic bags for laundry
- Food for baby – at least two more meals than you think you’ll need
- Formula or milk for baby – at least 2 more feeds than you think you’ll need
- Clean Bottles or Sippy Cups
- Breast Pump & Accessories (if you’re pumping)
- Extra soothers
- 2 blankets
- Travel size toiletries
- Travel size diaper rash cream
- Hand sanitizer
I loved our first flight with bear. He kept sucking on his dummy so we did not need to worry about his ears.
He was entertained the entire way and the flight crew were constantly around to offer a helping hand with both baby and getting me off the flight.
I’m glad our first flight was a positive experience but we were both prepared.
Its been a year since our last flight and I think it’s time for me to remind papa that we need another holiday.
Time to get our next flights booked.
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