Hey y’all! So I’m posting this in the hopes that other parents are spared from the minor chaos that we had the last time traveling with Millie! Also since we have a trip to Dublin coming up I will be able to remember what not to do!
So rewind -> We were traveling to Colorado for Millie’s Baptism last month and I started getting things set aside like two weeks in advance. Little lesson I have learned so far as a Mommy just take it one step at a time + you can only plan so much. This was Millie’s first plane ride and I think we were a little over prepared (which, hey you live you learn right? Haha). We basically brought all of Millie’s nursery, her stroller, car seat, pack n’ play, 20 diff outfits, too many toys and all the diapers and wipes we could fit in her diaper bag. I’m almost surprised I didn’t try and bring her crib -_-
Ok, this is what not to do lol. Unless you are PCSing (military term for moving) or fleeing the country (hopefully not) you do not have to bring every item your child has. Because no one wants to have to use their stroller as a shopping cart lugging all of your pounds of unnecessary baggage.
Just pack enough diapers and wipes to get you to your location.
I kid you not we had a whole extra bag dedicated to diapers and wipes. Thank God that Delta waves active duty military baggage fees because I’m pretty sure ours would have been totaling around $200. But guess what we learned? There is this thing called a Grocery store pretty much everywhere where you can buy diapers lol.
Don’t bring the car seat, car seat base and jogging stroller
So yeah.. this was so much trouble to drag around the airport. We found out when we were renting the car in CO that rental cars come with car seats if needed! Like woah. So much better than bringing your (what feels like) 40 lb car seat/ car seat base through the check in line. Ighhht let’s talk strollers. Chances are when you get to your vaca you’re most likely not going to go hike/jog through the jungle with your baby soooo prob don’t need to bring the huge BOB jogging stroller. Joovy has a really easy to carry stroller that is lightweight. We are definitely gonna snag that for our trip to Dublin!
Your baby is going to cry
I remember before I had a baby of my own I would sigh at babies crying/screaming on airplanes. Little did I know right? So when we first flew I was a nervous wreck with a paci in one hand and a bottle in the other trying to quiet Millie as to not disturb the passengers. I have come to terms with the fact that she’s gonna most likely cry at some point or another, as do all babies. So my sis in all her greatness recommended this adorable idea! I know it takes a little time but trust me it will be appreciated! Make a few little goodie bags for the people directly around you. As in behind you and to your left and right. Inside put a card saying “Hi, I’m (baby’s name) I am probably going to cry through this trip here are a few goodies to help you cope.” You can put like so little ear plugs, a mini shot of alcohol, maybe some gum. Just a little something to let people around you know you know it’s annoying but you’re doing the best you can, plus it’s cute!
So these are just a few little things I have learned that I hope helps other people traveling with infants!