On the Go: Baby Traveling Tips

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 2 comments
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Image: Crazy baby on a plane, by Madgerly on Flickr

I've flown twice with my daughter, Mackenzie - we flew to and from Massachusetts at 2.5 months, then to and from at 7 months. I was alone with her the first time, and my husband was with us the second time. We'll be going again in July-August, which would be 14 months.

If you can afford it, get the extra seat - holding a 2.5-month-old was easy. Holding a 7-month-old was harder. We're getting a seat this time - we'll be flying there alone, then back with my husband.

Image: Primo LapBaby | Eat, play and engage with your baby as they sit comfortably and safely on your lap
Primo LapBaby
Check as much as you can. If you get a seat for the kiddo, he/she gets two bags as well. But be sure to save at least one bag worth for things you're bringing back with you - even if you get no gifts, things never pack as well!

Roll the diapers to make them fit better in the diaper bag - and pack a day's worth (8-10 if possible) plus an extra shirt for you and an extra outfit for the kiddo. I don't know if it's the air pressure or what, but we have had our worst blow-outs on planes!

If you bring a stroller, gate-check it - it will get you to the gate, then you can ditch it. That way it can help you carry a diaper bag, baby, and sling through the airport.

Image: Child Airplane Travel Harness | Simple to use, Hands free for parents during flights | Cares Safety Restraint System | The Only FAA Approved Child Flying Safety Device
Flight Vest Travel Harness
Listen to my one word of advice - I don't care how addicted you are to your computer - do not try to carry baby, laptop bag, and diaper bag alone! It really isn't worth it - it gets bulky and heavy and cumbersome. But if you have a helper traveling with you, by all means, bring the laptop!

Finally, if you have a high-energy child, board *last* - if you pre-board that's just a longer period of time for them to get upset!

Happy traveling!

Rachel - who successfully cloth diapered through two airplane trips!

Thanks to Rachel for this Frugal Baby Tip!



About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Catherine,
    I'm wondering if you might find this book useful. I use it for my disabled husband, but also let my girlfriends borrow it when they fly with their kids. It's called 101 Accessible Vacations and it gives Traveling ideas for Wheelers and Slow Walkers - which can be perfect for those little tots!!
    Hope this helps you out and happy travels to you!

  2. Thanks for the great book suggestion!

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