We’re home safely from our trip and really had an easy trip home which I’m so thankful!! We are spending the evening catching up with hubby, so I’ll be back later to give you the rest of my thoughts…
+ We made it home with this little rascal yesterday from Vail. We had one layover in Dallas which I thought might be the hardest part, but it went great!
+ He was acting a bit tired by the time we got to Dallas (he didn’t sleep on the 8am flight from Vail to Dallas), so he was pretty chill in the stroller riding around. We found an awesome little play area for kids as we were strolling up and down the concourse. This was great to burn about 20 or 30 minutes.
+ You may remember last week me talking about a different little contraption to bring Brody around the airport in. Well it didn’t work well for us at all. We were borrowing an old one from a friend and it appears they have improved the design since, but ours did not work well at all. The carseat kept falling down and dragging on the ground. Now they make the design where there is a base for the carseat to sit on which is much better!!!
+ I chose to take Brody home with just an umbrella stroller and I’m so thankful that I did. It was so much easier, less bulky, and easy to gate check. He was comfortable and I was happy 🙂
+ If you needed a carseat at your destination, I would just plan to rent one.
+ It worked out to have Brody on my lap for the flights. There were times when he got squirmy, but he got squirmy in his own seat too (we were lucky enough to have an empty seat next to us on the ride home.)
(please ignore the no makeup as I’d been up since 5am)
Here is my summary of tips from traveling with a 13 month old:
+ Remember that you are not the only one to fly with a baby and there are plenty of other families or single moms and dads doing the same thing. It’s perfectly doable!
+ Use an umbrella stroller through the airport and check it at the gate. If you need a carseat, rent one at your destination through a car rental service or wherever else.
+ I’m not going to lie that First Class seemed to make my life so much easier with him. The extra foot room was so nice to have because he could hang out on the floor with his blanket and iPad which he really seemed to like.
+ First Class may not be a bad option (money wise) if you are looking between upgrading or purchasing a separate seat for your intact or toddler.
+ Layovers can be tough, but I looked at it as exercise and just strolled up and down the concourse because it kept him from running all over the place and moving kept him happy!
+ Pack lots of different types of snacks and iPad is so clutch. Mickey Mouse worked great for us.
+ We didn’t use headphones and just kept the volume at a fairly low level. The plane is so loud that the neighbors really can’t hear.
+ You can bring milk or formula through security. I made sure that I had plenty. Brody loves his bottle and that always seemed to soothe him if he got fussy.
+ I brought some other activities for Brody on the plane, but none of them really kept his attention enough yet. I think if he was a few months older, they would have been great.
+ People around you are super helpful for the most part. Don’t be afraid to accept help if need be.
My overall synopsis is that I am glad that I don’t have to fly with a baby often, but I’m glad I did it and know it can be done. I don’t have any plans to do it again soon; but definitely think as he gets a couple years older, it will be easier.