It was time for our two-week vacation to Florida. I was really nervous about Monkey’s first plane ride. I received a lot of great advice from fellow mommies, but it is still nerve-wracking. Thankfully, my husband was with me to make the trip a little easier.
At security, I was able to keep Monkey in the Ergo, as I went through the metal detectors. After I was cleared, a TSA agent had to swipe my hands to test for any residue. We got to our gate with plenty of time, before it was time to board. We were flying Southwest, which offers family boarding between the A and B zones, this allows families with children extra time to board the flight. Another smart thing we did was purchase a gate check stroller and car seat bag, which protects the surfaces from dirt and germs
Prior to our trip, I purchased a travel Boppy pillow, which would allow me to comfortably nurse Monkey on the plane. Once we boarded the plane, I decided to take a window seat to provide more privacy while nursing. Thankfully, it wasn’t a full flight, so we had an entire row to ourselves.During takeoff, I nursed Monkey, who ate for 40 minutes nonstop! I was worried about the pressure change affecting his ears, but he did not seem to be bothered. I was hoping he would sleep the remainder of the flight, but of course, he was up. We packed plenty of toys to keep him entertained and we were able to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, as the plane had wifi.
The worst part about flying with a baby is changing them on the airplane. The bathrooms are small enough, but try changing an active 6.5 month old. The bathroom had a small pull down changing table. It was not easy, but somehow we managed.
After a two hour flight, it was time to make our decent into Ft. Lauderdale. My uncle is a captain and informed me that landing is worse on the ears versus take off. It was time to nurse Monkey again. We finally made it to Ft. Lauderdale and I could not wait to get off the plane and start our vacation.
Flying with a baby is a lot easier than I thought. The baby feeds off of your energy so if you are nervous, the baby will be nervous. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the flight attendants, especially if you are flying alone. Wear your baby through security and boarding the flight, to allow you to have both hands free. Those are just a few of the best tips I picked up on Monkey’s first flight.
Do you have any great tips for flying with an infant?
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