Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Airport Momiform

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?

10 Responses to “Airport Momiform”

  1. That bag is killer. I love the men’s Coach line.

    I plan on packing ONLY carry-ons to go to Europe. His diapers will go in his own carry-on.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      It’s so good, isn’t it? I hope you do a packing post for your trip to Europe. I’d love to see what you end up bringing and I hope you’ll do a recap to cover if you felt like you were missing anything or overpacking.

  2. A says:

    Good flight outfit for flying ng with a little one.
    Love those boots! I’ve been thinking/plotting on taking the plunge. After a few more months of wear would you consider doing a post?

    Thanks for the fun blog!

    • The Minuteglass says:

      Thanks! I’ll definitely do a post reviewing them in a few months. In the meantime do you have any questions I could help answer? Thanks for reading A 😀

  3. OMG. I love that bag.

  4. Mica says:

    You did well packing both you and you son’s stuff in that bag – my baby bag is a lot bigger and that’s just for the two boys! I’d love to go visit a friend in Sydney but haven’t worked up the courage to juggle bags and babies on the plane yet, I may have to wait until I can convince another friend to fly with me, haha!

    I like your wrap top too – I have a similar super soft one in blue that was so cosy and perfect for breastfeeding and keeping warm in winter. I intend to wear it again this winter although he’ll probably have stopped breastfeeding by then.

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • The Minuteglass says:

      You have two boys though, and one is a little bit older! Since munchkin is still a baby his stuff is small and it’s not too hard to entertain him. I’m curious to see how flying goes when he’s a little older. I can understand the hesitation in flying with two youngins by yourself, but I did see a couple moms doing it on our flight! Fortunately I had my husband with me, which made it a lot easier.

  5. How did you get away with only a carry-on for a trip for a few days? I have got to learn your packing ways!

    We carried a lot more when we traveled with JuggerBaby at your son’s age. Ze was so heavy that we couldn’t carry zir comfortably for too long so it was worth the trouble of lugging a stroller and gate checking it, since it would double as a luggage carrier.

    We also bring a lot of toys with us, lightweight, durable, and some disposable, because ze cannot sit still for 15 seconds without something to do. It’s also incredibly hard to get zir to sleep on the plane too so when thinking ahead to our next trip, I’ll be contemplating what we can do to encourage sleep.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      I suppose I should clarify. There was actually a duffle bag checked because we were bringing some stuff back from BC with us. If we hadn’t been bringing anything back, and if I had realized that the munchkin was allowed his own bag, we absolutely could have done it without the duffle. My stuff fits in the carry on bag with a couple emergency items for him.

      I find the easiest way to minimize my clothes is to plan out my outfits in advance and plan to wear major items at least twice. Don’t pack under the assumption that things are going to get dirty! It sounds crazy, but usually we’re going to visit family so if something gets dirty it can be thrown in the washer with their stuff.

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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.