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24 Jan

5 Tips for Traveling With An Infant

Tips for traveling with an Infant

Thanks to Enfamil for sponsoring this post!

Tips for traveling with an Infant

Traveling with an infant is often times a new parent’s nightmare! A small confined space, up in the air, with nowhere to go if baby starts screaming. For this reason, many parents avoid traveling all together as a family for the first few years of that child’s life. No need to forgo the vacays though, my friends! Here are 5 tips to keep you sane and make traveling with an infant quite do-able! Gabriel and I have taken Alessandra on 10 flights in this first year of her life, here’s how!

1. Bottle on the way up, bottle on the way down

One of the reasons why most babies cry and scream on the plane is from the change in air pressure and the inability to release that pressure. We discovered that as long as Alessandra was drinking her bottle for take off and landing when the change in air pressure is worst, she was completely fine. The action of swallowing helps release the pressure and also serves as a distraction. Something great and super convenient that we discovered and love traveling with are the Enfamil NeuroPro Ready To Use bottles that are pre-made so you don’t have to fuss with making formula on the plane while you’re holding your baby. Keeping your baby hydrated throughout the flight is also so incredibly important (airplanes can be so drying as I’m sure you’ve noticed on your skin)!

2. Comfort items

There are a few comfort items that we’d never dare travel without: most importantly, Alessandra’s pacifier and Lovie (this is a small stuffed animal with a mini blanket attached) that she uses and needs every night to fall asleep. Having those comfort items from home with us makes her feel so much more at ease and makes falling asleep in our arms on the plane that much easier. Having things that feel and smell like home are key.

Traveling with infant diaper bag essentials

3. Aisle seat:

When traveling with an infant, you have to expect to be up and down quite a bit. Between bathroom runs to change dirty diapers, and just needing to walk the baby, the last thing you want is to be stuck in a window or middle seat and need to ask the person next to you to get up every time you need to.

4. A calm disposition

Between crying, squirming, diaper changes, confined spaces, possible spitting up and spills, it’s easy for mom or dad to lose their cool and have a melt down. Best thing to do though, as hard as it may be, is to keep a calm and even disposition because believe it or not, your baby feeds off of your energy and will mirror it. If you’re calm, cool, and collected, so is baby. If you’re having a mama meltdown, so is baby.

5. What to do with your car seat and stroller

Sometimes what can be even harder than traveling with your baby, is traveling with all of your baby’s things! What we’ve learned works best for us is to put our car seat in a travel bag and check it with our luggage. Then we use the stroller through the airport (just be sure it’s an umbrella stroller) and check it right as we’re entering the plane. They’ll return it right where you dropped it off so it’s easy to put baby back in before heading down to baggage claim. I’d also recommend getting a travel bag for your stroller just to keep it protected.

How to travel with a baby

Do you have other tips to share with new parents?
Leave them in the comments below!

40 Comments
  • Casey

    It looks like you guys have it all figured out when it comes down to traveling with Ale!

    January 24, 2019 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Ava

    Thank you for sharing your tips mama!! So helpful :) My baby girl is 8 months and we are planning our first trip in the summer!!

    January 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Allyson Jasmine

    What umbrella stroller do you guys have?

    January 24, 2019 at 5:35 pm Reply
      • Isabel Simone

        What’s even better than an umbrella stroller is a COMPACT stroller; one that folds down into the size of carry on luggage and can fit in the overhead compartment . This means you can take it right into the plane and not check it at all. If you had a short layover, you wouldn’t have to wait for the stroller to come out from the belly of the plane…as well, if the baby is sleeping after landing, you could just open the stroller up in the aisle of plane and wheel them off the plane still sleeping! The best: Uppababy Minu, Baby Jogger City Tour.

        January 28, 2019 at 2:27 pm Reply
  • Alicia Ornelas

    Thank you for sharing this Jessi! It’s literally so hard travel already, let alone with a baby! I’ve tried many times with my toddler and ughh sometimes I just need help haha. Thankfully my husband and I try to handle everything together because otherwise I would panic 🤭 have a good day girl!

    January 24, 2019 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Kate A.

    Jessi, what kind of travel bags do you use for your strollers? I’ve been eager to get one but I just can’t find one that I like.

    January 24, 2019 at 6:03 pm Reply
  • Meliss alves

    These tips are great!! My daughter now is 21 months ,almost 2 (Insert sad face) we have traveled quite a bit as well.
    Something that helped us when she is getting older is bringing small toys in foil;wrapped. Well hubby and myself wrapped the toys in foil before hand . On the plane whenever she got fussy ..BAM a foil would come out with a new toy ! Haha it’s GREAT for fine motor and also keeps them entertained 😉

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    Love ya Jessi and the fam!
    Xo

    January 24, 2019 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • Christine Kong

    These are such great tips! I remember when my kids were toddlers and the fright and anxiety I would feel before each plane ride (more for other passengers). The bottle up and down is a great tip and one that I used too. I also found that playdoh actually keeps them busy for hours! It’s great you are exposing baby A to traveling at an early age. It really helps to get them used to it especially since you travel a lot for work too. She’ll be a pro by 2! =)

    Christine | http://dailykongfidence.com/

    January 24, 2019 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Nancy Vega

    Thank you for the travel tips! I am so nervous to travel with my five month old. She’s exclusively breastfed and I wonder if everything going on will distract her from nursing. The cherry on top is that she hates bottles soooooo 😟 —good vibes come my way 😩🌿😌😌

    January 24, 2019 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    Great tips dear! ;)

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

    January 25, 2019 at 12:41 am Reply
  • A Trendy Life

    Great recommendations!
    Kisses

    http://www.atrendylifestyle.com/

    January 25, 2019 at 1:26 am Reply
  • Lisa Autumn

    Oh you are the cutest family!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    January 25, 2019 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Loved the tips. Really useful!
    Adi xx | http://www.fancycorrectitude.com

    January 26, 2019 at 6:54 am Reply
  • Myriam

    Thanks for the tips.Traveling next month with my daughter,she’s 10 months. Beautiful Family God Bless

    January 27, 2019 at 11:52 am Reply
  • Jessica

    This looks so much fun! What a beautiful family. Thanks for these amazing tips dear.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    January 27, 2019 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    Uh I am sure that was a great trip! And you are such a cute family :) I will remember those tips for the future – haha but actually they are also helpful without a child :)
    xx, Carmen – https://carmitive.com

    January 29, 2019 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Henri

    What a nice family! :-)

    January 29, 2019 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • Gina Diaz

    Thanks for sharing these amazing tips, babe! I will keep them in mind when I have a baby. You pictures are so lovely and I enjoyed reading your post :))

    much love, Gina

    January 29, 2019 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Radi

    So many things to think about when travelling with an infant! Love the first family photo, super cute!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    January 30, 2019 at 11:55 pm Reply
  • Jalisa

    I’ve read a few blog posts on this topic before and I must say there are two points I’ve yet to see mentioned that make absolute sense and what I’ll keep in mind, the bottle at take-off/landing and the umbrella stroller. Thanks so much for sharing these tips. We’ve yet to travel with Aviah (she’s 18mths). But now that I’m pregnant and will be having another little one, who knows that the future holds. This mama needs a vacation…badly, haha!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

    January 31, 2019 at 11:08 am Reply
  • Melanie

    He Jessi, this is a great post. Thank you! My husband and are first time parents who enjoy traveling. So this definitely will help. Btw, what diaper bag are you using?

    February 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • Carla

    Great tips! Going on my first vacation with my 10 month old baby and don’t know what to do about the carseat. We’re going to seattle and not renting a car so how do you take him on taxis?

    February 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm Reply

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