Tips for taking a baby on a plane

Since I live so far away from family I'm sure we'll have to face this soon. I've heard a lot of moms talk about bringing their babies on a plane with no problems at all, but we've all heard the horror stories. I read about a family who made little goodie bags for the other passengers with a pre-apology note, some candy, ear plugs, etc.

What I would do personally. Check out who is sitting where. If there is another mom with a baby on the plane, I would ask the people sitting next to her if they would like to switch seats with me.

I would try to work on his routine a few days before we go on the plane. If our flight leaves at 2pm, I would *attempt* to get his naptime around that time.

Bring toys that I know are a good distraction to him.

Don't pack too heavy. Keep my luggage as simple as possible so I can focus as much of my attention on baby.

Don't take it too seriously! As polite as I'd like to be, and as much as I don't want my baby to disturb other people, it's a few hours in life. People will understand that my baby might not be too happy about being on a plane. They'll get over it. So will I.

Who has traveled with a baby?

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    06/04/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I have traveled with an 18 month and a 4 month old via air. It went well with our 18 month old. My 4 month old he got a little fussy on the trip home, I believe.
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