- You can gate check your stroller and carseat. If you are renting a vehicle you can also include a carseat in the rental, this might be easier then having to lug one through the airport.
- If you are flying domestically you do not need an ID for your baby, but will need a passport if you are flying internationally.
- Babies under the age of 2 can sit on your lap. Call the airlines ahead of time to let them know you will be traveling with a baby under two.
- Check in for your flight ahead of time. Most airlines provide an easy way to check in online and print or download your boarding pass to your phone.
- It is okay to travel with breastmilk or a bottle of formula. Airport security will most likely pull these items aside to do a quick test. Plan accordingly for this extra time.
- When getting through security walk with your baby around the terminal or let your walker run for a bit. This will help to tire them out and hopefully take a nap during the plane ride.
- Try to change any diapers before boarding the plane. The lavatories on the plan are tight quarters and it is easier to change a wiggly baby when you have more room.
What to bring with you:
- Change of clothes for both baby and you - You never know when there will be a blowout or even worse if you get it on you! Pack an easy change of clothes that don't take up too much room, a t-shirt and some leggings.
Quiet book - It is a great distraction during the flight. It keeps them busy and it allows them to quietly play by themselves.
Stickers - You can use these as a reward for good behavior but also what kid doesn't love stickers! They will be totally jazzed about them.
Raisins/Other snacks that take awhile to eat - Another great distraction since they have to take the time to pick up the raisins. Any food that takes awhile for them to eat is great during flight time.
- Teething Necklace/Toy- Wear a teething necklace, this will help be a distraction when carrying you baby around the airport but also during the flight. Bring a fun teether for your baby to nom and hold in their hands too. Little Teether has trendy necklaces for moms to wear that babies love and fun teething toys for babies to chew on.
- Stroller toys or high chair toys - Stick these toys on the tray table in front of you. It will keep this toy from getting lost since they won't be able to throw this one on the ground.
Paci/Water - This will help to clear their little ears during take-off and landing when air pressure changes in the flight cabin.
- Carrier - Wear your baby through the airport and during the flight. For the tiny babies this will help make them feel safe and secure.
- Portable sound machine - My daughter falls asleep to a sound machine and having a portable one has been a life saver. Turn it on during while they are sleep to prevent any loud noises from waking them up.
- Disinfectant wipes - airplanes are filled with germs. I like to disinfectant everything down as soon as we find our seat. Babies will want to touch everything and then put their fingers in their mouths. Keep those germs away!
- Travel Stroller or Travel Wagon - don't bring your big bulky stroller, just bring any easy to use travel stroller. They are light weight and makes it easier to carry them around. If you are traveling with a big pack of babies/toddlers bring a wagon and have some sit or fill their stuff in the wagon. You can just fold the wagon down and gate check it when ready.
- One new toy - this trick is a great fun distraction for any baby. They are so excited about their new toy they forget about all the new weird stuff happening around them.
Before you know it you will be landing and flying with a baby will most likely go better than you thought it would. We hope these essentials help you make it from A to B when traveling this holiday season.
Kelsey Glynn is a blogger and owner of Social Graces, a business to support others in their social media needs. She is a contributing blog writer for East Valley Moms Blog, a social media content creator, and an avid photo taker. You can catch her adventuring around AZ and living the mom life on Instagram.