Stella is a great car-rider (she pretty much sleeps through most trips, as pictured!), but I was really worried about how she would react to flying. The time had finally come to get her on a plane to visit her Grammy and Grandpa in Galveston, TX. My husband and I wanted to be as prepared as we could be and definitely learned a few lessons along the way!
First off, I'm so glad I researched traveling with an infant, because I found out we needed to bring a copy of her birth certificate so that she could travel in my lap (to prove she is less than 2 years old I guess). We got her, all of our bags and ourselves to the check-in counter and things went pretty smoothly. The toughest thing was trying to keep up everything! Luckily she was fascinated by the new surroundings, and sat quietly in her stroller while we took care of traveling business!
We boarded the plane, and at that point she was getting pretty fussy. Thank goodness we brought a couple of her favorite toys, and a Baby Einstein video on our iPhones (she is REALLY into Baby Mozart LOL). I was getting nervous about how she would deal with take-off and the change in pressure. I was told to feed her or give her a pacifier to help her ears clear, so I was ready! That's where my "first" comes in... Once we had taken off and I started to feel my ears pop, I began nursing her. This was the first time I've ever nursed in a public place. I admire mothers who do this, and knew that I'd eventually do it. It's just such a personal and private thing that I worried about how it would feel, but it was totally fine! The flight attendants didn't even flinch, and that made me feel even more comfortable. Luckily, this did keep her content, and she even fell asleep for a bit afterward!
She fed on the descent into Galveston as well, and this kept her ears clear (or kept her distracted, one of the two). The visit with my parents was great, and Stella got to take her first swim! She kicked like crazy, and seemed to really like the water! It was some wonderful family time and luckily Stella adjusted to being away from home pretty well.
So... I'm usually asking for advice on this blog, but this time I will hand out some!
Here are my little tidbits of advice for traveling moms...
- Bring your baby's favorite toys to distract them.
- Don't be embarrassed to sing in public! This helped Stella when she was fussy in the terminal.
- Change diapers frequently.
- Feed your baby when you can tell the pressure is changing in the airplane cabin. If your baby isn't hungry, try a paci!
* I want to hear your stories of first
flights or even first time nursing outside the home. Did anyone ever
make you feel uncomfortable about it? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org