It took us and our network of traveller mummies, many a screaming baby during transatlantic flights, to come up with the ULTIMATE list of things you need when travelling by plane with a baby. Ignore the list at your peril! Thankfully, as we are all experienced travellers, the list is not too long so there is no need for your carry-on to be the size of a small car. This list if for babies which are still milk-fed – we will be doing a list for weaned babies soon.
Change of clothes for you and the baby As soon as the words ‘my baby never vomits’ came out of our mouth, we were covered in it, with 4 hours of flying left to go. Known as the smelly lady with the screaming baby for the rest of the flight, we vowed never again…
we recommend taking a couple of sleep suits for the baby and at least a unisex t-shirt or jumper for either you or daddy.
Plenty of small toys. Check out our blog ‘top 10 toys for the holidays” for ideas. Most of the toys recommended are easy to travel with.
Baby sling. Chose one that packs small. The babasling is our favourite. We use it when walking around the terminal and passing through security. It also means that you do not need to hold the baby for the duration of a short flight and can have your hands free.
Nappies and changing mat. We know…. a bit obvious, but if you are packing for the whole family for a week away, you are likely to forget some of the most obvious things. You can use the changing mat of your moomboo so there is one less thing to think about.
Wipes, wipes, wipes!! You can never have enough. We usually take two types. The usual baby wipes and the ones with mild antiseptic (such as the Tommee Tippee Souther, Teat and Teether wipes) – ideal for wiping dummies, toys or the seat around you if your baby likes to leak everything like one of ours does!
Muslins. The ultimate multi-tasker. Wipes drool, milk or vomit and very useful for shading the baby from the light when the cabin lights come back on. Our favourite are the Aden + Anais muslins because of their large size and cool designs – they can also be used as light blankets.
Plenty of formula and bottles. You never know how long a flight is likely to be delayed and anyway most mummies like to give a bottle during take off and landing to keep babies calm. As bottles take quite a bit of space, we always take a couple of disposable pre-sterilised bottles with us for emergencies. Security will make you try any liquids you carry on, and depending on the grumpiness of the airport security staff, you might be made to open more than one carton of formula. We found that taking formula in powder form is much easier on the plane. A couple of powder dispensers will take up less space and will also cover you for any emergencies. Just fill the bottles with a bit of extra water in case you are made to have a sip from each bottle by the airport security staff.
Blanket, hat and socks. Cabin temperature is crazy. We always travel with lots of layers to adjust clothing according to temperature and we do the same for our babies. As babies lose the majority of heat from their head, a hat is essential and also takes little space. As for socks…we are still looking for a pair that will stay on so an extra pair is a must. A cotton cellular blanket packs very small and has been useful for many a flight….
Plastic bags. Just have a few of various sizes at the bottom of your bag. handy for soiled clothes, dirty toys …all sorts of emergencies.
And do not forget your moomboo This is one of the main reasons we came up with the idea and as it packs so small, you will be able to fit all of the above and the moomboo in your carry-on!
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