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Traveling with baby!

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yep. We're going for it.

Any advice? Questions from others to fuel the discussion?

I know I will:

Bring a copy of her birth certificate
Nurse on takeoff and landing
Rent a car seat from the car rental company
Pack more than I am used to
Plan for LOTS of time at airport
Research policy for carrying formula

But what am I missing?
post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
Packing list in progress (3 days, 2 nights, shared rental home)

Clothes:
4 cotton sleepers with footies
4 onesies for layering
One wool shirt
One wool pants
One cotton pants
2 pairs socks
Shoes (not useless! They help keep socks on!)
Wool coverall
Wool hat
One cute outfit for the wedding

Gear

Mei tai
Ring sling
2 blankets
1 swaddler
1 muslin cloth
Diaper bag
Maybe pack and play OR foldable chair
Wool pad for mattress (co-sleeping)

Food

4 lact-aid supplementers + cleaning/filling tools
Enough Formula for first 24hrs
Ice packs for the above


Buy on arrival:

Diapers
Formula
post #3 of 9

Baby monitor if you use one.... white noise machine, too?  

 

IDK how old your baby is, but I've always found that traveling with an infant car seat is quite easy.  I trust my own more than one from a car rental company.  If you don't want to carry it on the plane, you just check it with your luggage.  However, if it is not a full flight, pretty sure you are allowed by law to put the infant seat in an empty seat (next to you, of course!) without paying for an extra fare.  I always wear my LO when flying, but it is really nice to have somewhere to put them down if they fall asleep and you just want to read a magazine, file your nails, enjoy a solo moment, etc.  

 

Good luck!  Travel with babies is really easy!

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Noise machine! Thank you! I wonder how she'd sleep without it?
post #5 of 9
If you're feeding formula, do you have to mix it before it's needed? Can you measure the powder into containers you would feed from and buy bottled water on the far side of the security checkpoint? That way you could skip the ice packs.
post #6 of 9

I've heard bad things about both renting a car seat and checking or gate-checking one. If you aren't paying for a seat for the baby, seems like you can't win! I one time bought a seat and shipped it to our hosts, one time had our hosts buy a baby bucket (which they were amenable to; I was willing to pay for it myself if not), and one time carried on her seat and used it on the plane, which meant we had to buy her a ticket. I think another alternative to avoid damage would be to bring the seat still in its original box. If I couldn't do any of these things, I'm not sure what I would do. Luckily, we don't fly much. 

 

I've seen little individual packs of formula along the lines of those little individual packs of Crystal Light. We didn't use formula so I didn't ever use them myself, but I saw a family on a plane using them and thought they looked pretty easy. They just mixed them with bottled water. I know that moms have had success getting the flight attendants to warm up bottles for them, if you have a baby who won't drink it cold/room temperature. 

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MeepyCat View Post

If you're feeding formula, do you have to mix it before it's needed? Can you measure the powder into containers you would feed from and buy bottled water on the far side of the security checkpoint? That way you could skip the ice packs.
We use at- breast supplementers which have to be pre-filled.
post #8 of 9
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@erigeron, what have you heard is the downside to checking a car seat? I didn't even know there was one .
post #9 of 9

Basically checked luggage does not get treated very gently. There is some controversy on this point. I found this piece which talks about it a little more. http://carseatblog.com/18895/flying-with-kids-carseats-the-checked-carseat-controversy/

 

This seems like a good suggestion. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/check-car-seat-baggage-airplane-59101.html If I had to travel with a car seat I would probably do this. On my last flight it was me by myself and there was no way I could bring a stroller and a car seat, so that's why I had the car seat shipped to my grandparents beforehand. I used a CARES harness for her when we were on the plane. When we had two adults traveling we were able to bring both stroller and car seat. 

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