When we had our first baby I remember being so nervous about flying for the first time. What did I need to bring? How would I change her diaper? How would I feed her? My husband worked for an airline at their corporate headquarters as a software developer and by the time my baby was 1 years old she had been on over 70 flights. Because of this we learned VERY quickly some helpful tips on traveling on an airplane with a baby.
If this is your first time packing for baby for a trip or going on an airplane with your baby for the first time, whether a quick airplane ride or a long one it can be a little stressful. Here is a helpful diaper bag packing list for a newborn to one year old to consider.
1. Diapers, wipes, changing pad, and ointment
I love to pack a quart ziplock bag with diapers, wipes and ointments for quick runs to the airport lavatory. It’s small and almost impossible to get in and out of there with a huge bag!
2. Baby Tylenol (just in case, if you have it you won’t need it)
Now that I use essential oils for almost everything, I prefer to bring Lavender and Melaleuca for sore and grumpy ears, but if you aren’t into essential oils just having baby tylenol will offer some peace of mind.
3. Bottles, formula, nursing cover, spoons, baby food, and snacks (don’t bring a bowl, just ask for an extra cup during beverage service)
Keeping a baby fed is key to airplane travel! A hungry baby is a grumpy baby so keep baby happy for a smooth trip.
4. Burp rag!
Even if you think your baby is too old for it, you never know when it will come in handy!
5. Blankets and snuggly items
It can get cold on an airplane even during the summer months, and this can also help a baby who is anxious feel settled and get a good nap.
6. Extra change of clothes
I can’t even count the number of times I have forgotten a change of clothes and desperately needed it!
7. Small quiet toys and books to keep older baby occupied.
8. Pacifier, pacifier clip for clothing, and TWO extra pacifiers!
The pacifier clip will be your best friend because I can tell you one thing you do NOT wanting that pacifier falling on the floor of an airplane.
These are just the few must-have items that you don’t want to get caught without. What are some other items you always pack for your baby on airplane rides?