Fine, I admit it! This business of traveling in a plane with a 4 month old had me a bit anxious previous to our departure. It did not matter that my other half was with me and that the flight was through the night during which Samuel normally sleeps long stretches and does not poop (yes, it’s going to be that kind of post). It still was a 12-hour trip with 2 flights and a 4-hour stopover in Heathrow!
Samuel’s things were the first to be packed. He will be 7 months by the time we return to Newfoundland so his suitcase included a myriad of cloth diapers, onesies, tees and shorts ranging from 3 to 9 months old. In brief, the medium size red Samsonite was full with just his things. Then there were the diaper bag and carry-on, also filled with “baby stuff”.
I would like to think because of all the prep work the trip was incredibly serene. At the beginning of the flights Samuel was awake and observing all the commotion around him but once nursed he fell asleep in ours arms for the entire flight.
Below are some of the baby related items that we had during the trip that made our lives easier:
- 10 disposable night diapers: Samuel uses cloth diapers but they take a lot of space and we did not want the fuss of carrying dirty diapers.
- 2 blankets – a swaddling blanket by aden + anais and a warmer but light one from Chicco: The first plane was very warm and the second one freezing! The muslin aden + anais blanket was used on the first plane for comfort and the Chicco one on the second for warmth.
- Changing pad, wipes and Olivia Canela’s baby balm Mimino.
- 3 changes of clothes: Samuel wore a sleeper during the flight (warm and easy for diaper changes). We had 2 more sleepers and a cute little outfit for when he met the family.
- An extra pacifier and bib.
- Wet/Dry bag by Planet Wise: A friend suggested that I should get this at the Extraordinary Baby Shoppe and it is one of the best baby items I have. In the dry section I have diapers, wipes, pad and clothes. When Samuel needs to be changed we just take this bag out of the bigger diaper bag and place any dirty items in the wet part. Easy!
- A change of clothes for mom and dad: we had a friend whose clothes got soiled when her baby got stomach flu in the plane. We took note.
- Baby Tylenol: We didn’t need it but good to have according to several reputable sources.
- More diapers.
- Light stroller: We had an umbrella stroller but we could have used something with more storage underneath the seat for coats and diaper bag.
- Take advantage of the family rooms at the airports: We didn’t need to change Samuel in the plane but we used the family rooms as soon as we landed. Most of them also have a chair, which is great to nurse quietly if there is no one waiting to use the room.
- Seat belt and life-vest: No, you don’t have to pack this but the plane to Lisbon had a mini life-vest and seat belt that you strap around your on (see picture). Hilarious!
Have we missed something that would be particularly useful?