Be My Little Baby

4.02.2012


I love babies. I am so excited to have babies one day. I love the way their little heads smell, and their little inverted knuckles when they go through the chub phase. I love their sweaty little nappy roots when they wake up from naps. 

The truth of the matter is, I don't really know how to interact with them until we can effectively communicate.

While many clamor to hold a tiny baby, I watch and enjoy all of the tiny cuddles that are taking place. 

The passing of the baby? The "Here, go ahead and hold her!" IS TERRIFYING TO ME.

Mostly because, on repeat in my brain, I am saying, "SHE'S SO LITTLE, AND SHE'S NOT MINE WHAT IF I DROP HER OR SHE HATES ME."

I am really working on it. Things have gotten significantly better.

The other day, a woman in first class had to use the restroom and she asked me to hold her perfect tiny sleeping baby. And I was outrageously excited to do so - and equally surprised to see just how heavy they feel after holding them for an extended period of time. But oh my goodness, I could have cuddled that baby for ninety consecutive hours.

Though it's only been briefly addressed before, there is a lot that goes into traveling with little ones. If the aforementioned is not proof enough, I make no claim to be an expert on the matter. I do know that I've researched it a bit on behalf of friends and family in the past (friends have also contributed a ton of great tips that I've included!) 

The time has come to compile a list of helpfulness. Should anyone require it.

Please, feel free to share with other traveling child toters - and by all means! Share some of your favorite tips in the comments below. Or save it for the future! Or roll your eyes and say, I KNOW ALL OF THIS ALREADY! Or, completely disregard all of it!

Except for this studious baby:

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  •  Sippy cups (with liquid) are allowed through security! Rejoice!

  •  Pre-boarding is available for families. It's perfect if you have your hands full with luggage and baby gear. It allows you to board before every zone, and get yourself situated before the aisles are filled with other passengers. (It might even allow you a second for your little one to step into the cockpit and say hi to the pilots).

  • In most instances, if you have a stroller or car seat (or both) - they are tagged at the end of the jetbridge and you can collect them in the same place as you step off the plane in your destination. One less thing to carry onto the plane.

  • Babies on your lap until they are two years old! Then they have to be in their own seat. In an FAA-approved car seat, or a fancy shmancy harnesses (for children 22-44 pounds in their own seat). It might be a good investment if you have a bunch of kiddos that you travel with frequently. It's worth contacting the airline's reservations or customer service to inquire about discounted fare, also.

  • If you're traveling alone and only have two arms to carry things, you can request for an airport employee to 'meet and assist' you at the gate to help you along to your connecting gate. You can contact the airline's reservations, and in some instances you might even be able to ask the gate agent.

  • If you're interested in bolstering your child's immune system, just let them lick the tray table.







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12 comments:

  1. I have heard Bendryl works well if you want them to remain a bit calmer during the flight. Although, with some babes it has the reverse affect and kids get jacked up from it. Give it a trial run pre-flight. Also. An activities backpack is imperative. Have one for each child and don't let them play with it until they are on the flight. That way every single thing in the bag is new and exciting. A great place to get these items on the cheap is at the dollar store or the like. Lots of snacks. If their ears pop during the flight the chewing might help alleviate pain. But don't give your kids gum unless they've had it before. And finally...an iPad or iPhone works wonders. Just letting them look at pics on it can pass the time. Of course games and movies on it are even better. And that is all she wrote, folks. Not a mother. Just a nanny. ;)

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    1. Those are good ones! I am putting that on my fake baby activity list. I totally forgot about their little ears. I've had a bunch of kids that just cry and cry because of the pain. Some people say it helps to drink water (don't understand that one), or even putting cups over your ears when taking off and landing to alleviate some of the pressure. You're a nanny genius!

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  2. How very practical - I never thought of the car seat issue. So what happens if a child of 3 shows up for a flight without a car seat? Does the airline provide one? Is it airline policy or US law? We will need to travel with Gigi back from Haiti and i never thought of buying a car seat for the airplane.

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    1. I am pretty sure it's the FAA. I was surprised that it's not by the weight of the child (since some two year olds are so small! - but they don't really have any way to account for that when booking tickets, you know? So anyone two and over. I don't think I've actually seen any child wearing one of those harnesses on the plane before, but I always hear about them. Gigi should be fine in her own seat with a regular seat belt - they won't require her to have an extra harness or car seat.

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  3. I had a parent preboard one time and wipe down EVERYTHING with sanitizing wipes. GENIUS. Cause let's face it... We've seen how "thoroughly" the cleaning crews clean each time. Psssh. Gross.

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    1. I know - I feel so personally embarrassed when someone lowers their tray table and there is some sort of disgusting surprise. Kind of a vicious cycle, though - since the cleaners have like ten seconds to clean the entire plane.

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  4. thanks for the tips! you sound like the dream flight attendant. i would just hand you my baby and STAY IN THE BATHROOM! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh =)

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    1. Ahh haha I think you should enjoy your seat for a few moments instead of staying in that gross bathroom. Your personal time should be more refreshing than the smell you encounter in those!

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  5. I will probably be one of those nervous/anxious/cray-cray mothers that is paranoid that her child will lash out and start crying mid-flight. Which will then result in many angry glares and frustrated sighs.
    I always feel terrible for parents when their babies start crying - I can't imagine how weird it feels for them!

    Great tips, though! Definitely something worth filing into my brain for future reference.

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    1. Oh, I know. It's one thing to talk about it and give tips, but living it and the execution of traveling with a baby will be a whole new level of travel anxiety. Shoooot.

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  6. man i love you, all of this was great! especially about the tray table. silas may or may not have eaten fruit snacks off of it....
    and then he got a hepatitis b vaccination...

    :)

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    1. I just now saw this...haha oh my gosh I love you too! I am all about it. When I first started flying, I would pretty much just expose myself to every germ imaginable just so I would be the world's MOST IMMUNE HUMAN. Or something like that.

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