Hey there everyone! I have been asked a lot of questions lately about my routine when flying with my boys. So, I wanted to share with you my tricks in hopes that they will help you!
First thing is first! Each Parent is aloud to check 1 car seat for FREE. So if we are traveling as a family, both of my boys seats are checked for free which is great! You will want to have a car seat travel bag to check it in so that it doesn't get torn up and dirty. We all know the airport is certainly NOT gentle on your luggage!
Most people think that traveling with a simple umbrella stroller is easiest but I actually disagree. Because I am lugging a LARGE carry-on full of treasures, I like to have my bigger stroller to store my bag underneath while we are strolling through the airport. Once you are boarding your flight, the gate agent will then "Pink Tag" your stroller and check it for you. It will be waiting on you when you get off of the flight at your destination. There is no charge for this.
I would always encourage you to choose a flight time that falls somewhere CLOSE TO NAPTIME! That is crucial! Neither of my guys fall asleep easily, so I have to make sure I have enough time at the gate to get my little dude down BEFORE boarding. If you are traveling with more than one child I think it is imaprative to have the youngest strapped to you! For me, its the Ergo… the Bjorn BREAKS MY BACK! It is such a tight squeeze on the plane tho and you will for sure need both hands.
So… Here is a little peak inside my Carry-On Bag
For Brooks ( My 3 1/2 Year old)
* The iPad. Make sure you download some movies or apps that do not require wifi. You can pay for wifi on the airplane, but it is just one extra thing you have to fiddle around working on, searching for your credit card to pay, etc. Definitely not worth it in my opinion. His baseball headphones are already plugged in and ready to use with this so that he isn't disturbing anyone else.
* a sticker book, a coloring book with just a few crayons in a plastic baggy, and 2 hot wheels cars, because those are his favorite things in the world right now.
* I am loaded down with our favorite snacks, as well as prepped with a hidden cookie and a couple pieces of candy in case there is a chance of a total meltdown for some reason. Always important to have a "bribe" in your arsonal for very public appearances 😜. Also a sucker is a great thing to have if your little one starts crying saying their ears are hurting. The sucking helps pop their ears in additional to just being AWESOME to kids.
Bradley ( my 10 month old )
* I make sure that he has a pacifier to suck on during take off and landing, one light up toy, and a small wooden spoon to chew on since his little teeth are a source of never ending pain for him. He was easily preoccupied with all of these options until he started being on the move 😳. Now he is a little wiggle worm so I have to be singing him a song and letting him interact by helping him clap his hands if I want him to sit still. Some times if Brother will share his iPad that helps too.
Side note. I always pack both boys a cup with a lid on it in my carry on. Once you go through security, go ahead and purchase a water or apple juice, or drink of your choice and have ready to go in their cups. Waiting on the flight attendant to bring a drink is a sure bet for disaster 😜. It will be spilled all over you and the kids within minutes.
So this is a little clip of what it looks like to travel with me and the boys😉. I do want to point out that this is my experience based on flying with Delta or American Airlines. Definitely looks over other Airline websites to double check their policy for car seats and strollers. I hope this helps you and you're little travelers. Please feel free to ask any other questions that I may not have mentioned.
Hope you're having a great week!