Suzianne and I will soon be flying across the country to visit Granny Sue Sue in sunny San Diego. You know how logistically challenged I am when it comes to leaving the house with a baby. I could really use your help!
Here’s what I already know:
- nurse on take off and landing
- don’t say “diaper bomb”
…that is all.
So, hit the comments with your travel tips, PLEASE!
In the meantime, peep out this progression of cuteness:
I traveled with all three of mine from about this age on, so I know it can be done. Heck, I once flew alone with an 18-month old, a 4 year old and the helping 6-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden to Tulsa, Oklahoma. I also know we cheated like crazy back in my day (They are 20, 24, and 26 now.). Dimetapp, that blessed anti-histamine elixir, was actually SUGGESTED by pediatricians as part of the travel regime.
So no, I don’t have a clue as to how you’ll survive under the new parenting rules. 😉
I think the one thing I will recommend for you is to not let yourself be exceptionally self-conscious should anything not go perfectly. One apology is gracious if it’s terribly awkward and you are so inclined, but don’t think about it beyond that. Most of us have been exactly in your shoes.
We flew with Nate when he was about 4 months old. Use the Bjorn in the airport. Unless you’re flying Southwest, board as late as possible. Pack extra clothes for BOTH of you in your carry on. Yes, some people will give you the evil eye because you’re committing a cardinal sin and flying with a baby – ignore it and try not to get flustered. If you’re calm, she’ll be calm. Good luck!
Congratulations! This is the easiest trip you will ever take with her!
I think you will be fine! The only suggestion I have, make sure you do not forget the Binky. It will serve like chewing gum for ear popping.
Have a great time and tell Aunt Susie hello for me!
I firmly believe that if you make sure you are sitting beside a grandma or even a grandpa, you will have a “helper” for the entire trip; and granny’s don’t mind if a little one cries all the way to the west coast. We grandmas miss our own when they are not closeby and love to help out. We will sing, do a jig, rock, or all of the above; or we will do whatever it takes to entertain these “least ones”.
Good luck; have a wonderful time
You might want to pack several pairs of earplugs, and hand them to those folks who give you “the look” if Suzianne is fussy.