When we had our first baby I remember being so nervous about flying for the first time. What did I need to bring? What should I pack for a baby? How would I change her diaper? How would I feed her? At the time my husband worked for an airline at their corporate headquarters as a software developer and we flew frequently. By the time my baby was a one-year-old she had been on over 70 flights. We learned VERY quickly what to pack and what to leave at home. Here are some helpful tips on traveling on an airplane with a baby and what to bring along.
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 it is a quick airplane ride or a long haul it can be 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 ointment for quick runs to the airport lavatory. Airplane bathrooms are always cramped and almost impossible to get in and out of there with a huge diaper 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 want that pacifier falling on the floor of an airplane.
These are just a 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?