My son just turned 5 months old when we left for our flight to Florida for the week.
I read up a little bit to try and find the best tips for traveling on a plane with an infant but the only lists I seemed to find were for babies 3 months or younger. My son was too old to be entertained in a bassinet or sleep the whole time, sadly. So I decided I’d share what helped me the most flying with a 5 month old baby!
1. THE BAG.
Packing the carry-on/baby bag was so important, but I found a lot of lists were excessive. I knew in the two hours at the airport and two hour flight, I wouldn’t NEED a boggie sucker, or 20 diapers. So I packed a diaper bag with the normal essentials with a few extras on top of that. I packed a few more pacifiers just for the trip in general, I packed gripe water which gets rid of hiccups and gas, and more formula than normal. I took a larger blanket in case he would be on the floor at the airport and a few extra burp rags in case he had a drool fest, but all of the items fit in my usual baby bag!
The flight to Florida was at 3:30pm so he was up and ready to eat, like always. So the lift of and decent were easy to get him drinking, making it easy flights, thank goodness. He was getting hungry before we boarded but I brought a jar of bananas to feed him which kept him content for the extra hour we would be waiting. The flight home from Florida was at 8:30pm, Xavier usually goes to bed at 6:30/7 so I was worried he wouldn’t be awake or care enough to eat. The good thing is since he’s so nosy at this age he wanted to see and hear everyone, keeping him awake until we ascended and he was happy to drink a small 4 ounce bottle. On the way down he was completely asleep and I was worried he would wake up screaming from his ears popping but I kept putting his pacifier in so he would possibly swallow, which he must have because he didn’t cry at all once we landed and he woke up.
My moms hairdresser told her about this amazing umbrella stroller that has a canopy and lays back some and how it was awesome for traveling, it’s $160. Not worth it. I used my carrier with Xavier facing out so he had more than enough to look at and keep busy, and he probably liked that more than any stroller. The carrier makes things so much easier for airport traveling. We didn’t have to worry about someone always pushing the stroller or it not easily fitting in the stores and restaurants we wanted to go to. I would pick the carrier over the umbrella stroller any day! I actually ended up turning him towards me of the flight home because it was so late I knew he would sleep and I knew the armrests on the plane were so uncomfortable there would be no way I could hold him the two hours. Because I faced him towards me, he was able to sleep and I actually got to sleep for a little bit too!
There are no tips I can give that will guarantee a smooth and cry free flight but these three things helped my airport and flight experience go much faster and easier! I hope they do the same for you!