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If you’ve got the urge to travel abroad, but are terrified of what the experience is like with a baby, fear not. Traveling with a baby under age 1 is seriously the best time to do it! Trust me, I took my baby on an 11-hour flight to Italy when she was 2 months old, and on 6-hour flights to Mexico when she was 4 and 6 months old. I learned some things along the way, and am happy to share my top tips so you can make that dream family vacation a reality.
Tip #1: Pack ultra absorbent diapers.
This is probably the most underrated tip. Flying can mess with your baby’s tummy. For that reason, you’ll need a super absorbent diaper that won’t leak, prevents blowouts, and keeps your baby dry so they can sleep for hours. Not to mention, this allows for less diaper changes, meaning less time spent in cramped, fluorescent-lit bathrooms, and more uninterrupted sleep time for your baby.
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Tip #2: Book bulkhead seats.
Of course the extra space of bulkhead seating is nice, but the real benefit is that you can also secure the airplane bassinet so your baby can sleep comfortably without interruptions on the long flight. This is such a game changer. Be sure to check with your airline to confirm which seats have bassinet access. For instance, when we flew United, we initially bought the row of bulkhead seats by the window, only to find out that the bassinet attachments were only available in the center group of seats.
Tip #3: Bring your night time routine essentials.
Just because you aren’t at home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your nighttime routine on the airplane. Make sure you bring all your baby’s sleep routine essentials on the flight with you – pajamas, swaddle or sleeping bag, pacifier (with a clip – you don’t want that thing falling on the airplane floor), book, portable sound machine.
Tip #4: Feed your baby on take off and landing.
We never had issues with crying on take off or landing as long as Willow was feeding. This helps with ear pressure and is a must-do. Breast or bottle, doesn’t matter, just plan ahead to time this out right.