Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Flying with a baby.
Not going to lie, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. I’m sure everyone has been on a flight with a screaming child before, and the idea of being the parent dealing with that scared me a little. Not enough to not fly, but a bit.
My niece’s first birthday party was in BC last month. I don’t make it to every birthday, but I do try to make sure I make it to the first one. The introduction of a budget airline to our area makes it infinitely easier, so our little family packed up and flew out for a few days.
I generally pack carry on only for my flights to minimize hassle. Having to pay a premium for every checked bag makes this even more important, so I try to put as much thought as possible into the items I bring.
Blouse: Banana Republic / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Boots: Poppy Barley /
Scarf: H&M / Bag: Coach
Scarves are kind of a must have. This one is a little on the thin side, but it served all of its purposes beautifully. It was an accessory in the airport (obviously), a wide nursing cover on the plane, and ultimately a blanket for my son when he fell asleep in my arms.
As much as I like a good button up, this shirt has been a nursing MVP. There’s no fussing with fasteners, just move it to the side and move it back when he’s done. I wish Banana Republic would keep this style in stock like a standard t-shirt. I would whole heartedly recommend this style of shirt to any new mom.
Most people know when it comes to taking bags on a plane, there’s two sizes: Carry-on and personal item. Our airline allowed us to bring one free personal item – a carry on cost extra!
I bought this bag 3 years ago when I sold my first house. It’s actually a tote from the Coach men’s line. I was looking for a bag that I could take to Rome and Santorini that would fit in a European budget airline’s baggage sizers. Baggage sizers vary by airline, and the ones in Europe tend to be smaller than the ones in North America. This bag actually just barely meets the requirements for a personal item, not a carry on!
My toiletries and most of my clothes all fit in the bag, as well as a diaper wet/dry bag, spare sleeper and a couple toys. I didn’t find out until I had already packed that I was allowed to bring a separate diaper bag for free.
Normally I would prefer to go through security in ballet flats, but it was too cold out to wear those. Slip on boots fit the bill instead.
Add some stretchy high rise jeans and I was good to go. That’s my airport momiform! Slightly more put together than yoga clothes, and nearly as comfortable. To be honest, I’ll probably end up wearing the exact same outfit the next time we fly.
For the record, munchkin did well. He slept through takeoff on the way there, and landing on the way home.
What do you wear when you’re travelling? Any tips and tricks to share? Moms, what do you bring on longer flights?