In today’s blog post I would like to share some advice on traveling with infants and children. Ive’ received so many requests on this topic (ever since I documented our flight to Hawaii on my Instagram stories) that I decided that it might be a good idea to share some of my experience with you all.
Aloha is being a part of all, and all being part of me. When there is pain—it is my pain. When there is joy—it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, and to protect. This is Hawaiian, this is Aloha”. – via Huna.org
So, what’s my take on this? It’s simple:
Don’t stress over the thought of flying with an infant or toddler! Starting at 3-months-old with Kingston and 7-months-old with Jaxson, my husband and I have flown with my children at every age and stage. Kingston has seen most of the world already and he’s only 6 years old. My husband and I believe in the concept ” to smell foreign air”—there’s so much beauty in this world that needs to be discovered and experienced.
But let me tell you: Flying with an infant means one thing for mom and dad… YOU’RE BUSY. Forget about reading a book on the plane (something I used to do!) or taking a nap—you’re going to be on mom/dad mode, yep, pretty much the entire flight. Feeding them, changing diapers, swinging them to sleep, you name it. And yet I find it so rewarding and fun to travel with my kids despite the exhaustion at times. It’s an adventure and I hope both of my boys will always remember our travels together.
Over the years I’ve become a master of packing. Change of clothes are a must for baby and you, as well as plastic bags to put them in. My carry-on is stacked with diapers, formula + bottles and solids (since we started Jax on solids almost two months ago!), as well as snacks for Kingston, of course. Personally I prefer traveling with a can of formula powder (easier going through security as well) and mixing with bottled water once you’re at the gate. Also, we always make sure that we feed Jaxson milk at takeoff and at landing (it helps with their ears). Toys aren’t really needed for Jaxson (he’s just as happy to play with his seat belt!) but Kingston, on the other hand, needs his IPad. 😉 One thing I strongly recommend is getting your baby used to room temperature bottles and food, so you don’t have the additional hassle of heating en route. Further, we always bring a sling or cloth carrier with us! Jaxson loves to be held and carried so, if he gets fussy we’ll typically take him on a quick walk – it’s a great distraction for you and baby. And last but not least: Always remember how easy infants are to distract and comfort. 🙂
How about you?! Have you traveled with your children? Let me know by commenting below!
As always, thanks much for reading & have a great week!
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