How to Pack for Air Travel with a Baby


So obviously I haven’t posted in a few weeks and I’ve had every intention of doing so.  I have numerous things I’ve been wanting to post about, but my little peanut has some serious sleep issues and I can’t seem to find the time to post!  Pathetic huh?!  I miss blogging.


Anyways, aside from our sleep issues (which may or may not be normal depending on who you talk to), Aiden is doing awesome… developing right on track and getting more fun by the day.

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This past weekend, I bit the bullet and decided to hop on an airplane with Aiden when my sister asked if we wanted to come for the weekend with my mom.  Of course, I was nervous at first, but quickly realized, this was manageable and people do it every day.


Playing at Aunt and Uncle's house
Playing at Aunt and Uncle’s house

So what did we pack?

  • I decided in order to consolidate luggage, Aiden and I would share a smaller suitcase that we would check.
  • I bought an umbrella stroller so I wouldn’t have to lug the BOB around.  This was a great decision!  I love the BOB, but it’s a heavy beast.  We gate checked the stroller.
  • I carried the diaper bag stuffed to the brim with me.  It contained diapers, wipes, toys, pacifiers, 2 extra onesies, a bib for drooling, an Aden and Anais swaddle blanket, a heavier blanket, and a ring sling.  I also brought him his Hyland’s teething gel.
  • I bought a car seat travel bag to put the carseat and base in.  We checked this bag also.
  • I carried him through the airport in the Ergo.  Aiden actually just started liking the Ergo without the infant insert.  Previously, he didn’t have the flexibility to stretch his legs in that position, but we successfully made it through the airport and on the plane wearing it.  Security didn’t make me take it off either.  It was actually easier to get through security with him versus without him.  We cut the line and just had to do the hand swab thing.

So going through the airport, I just carried Aiden in the Ergo, the diaper bag and my mom had the umbrella stroller in a case and her purse.  It worked perfectly!

First time swinging
First time swinging (in Mineeapolis)

The Flights

The flights weren’t bad either.  On the flight to Minneapolis, we had a middle seat empty between my mom and I, which was really nice.  Aiden played in that seat, nursed a couple of times and fell asleep at the very end of the flight.

The flight home was full, so we had to share the row of seats.  Aiden didn’t want to sleep very much on this flight either, but he wasn’t too fussy.  He looked around and we played and then at the end of the flight he passed out.  During the flight, he actually had a big blow out and then spit up right on me.  Thank God for the Ergo and having a baby to cover my entire shirt.  I didn’t realize the lavatory does actually have a changing table, so that saved us!

The last 15 minutes of the flight.
The last 15 minutes of the flight.

All in all, I think the 1.5 hour flight went well.  In a month, we are going to California, which is a 2.5 hour flight.  I was more than ready for these flights to be over when they were done, but we’ll manage.

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What did you pack for your infant and how was getting through the airport!?

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