Airplane Travel

So we are going to be on an airplane for 16 hours!  (not yet. in the very near future)

I’m so excited and dreading it at the same time. Ollie is EBF and at that,…. he only likes to lie down in bed to be nursed. He hates any other position, which is understandable because he is SO TALL. So on an airplane, I imagine it would be even more uncomfortable since he’ll be longer than a seat while lying down. Any tips on this? (Also he hates the bottle. HATES. HATES with a passion)

He isn’t that big of a fan with solids either. But I’m planning on bringing some pouched foods, thanks to the suggestion of my friend Jess. Hopefully this will keep his hunger at bay incase he doesn’t nurse well? I’m afraid my supply will be hit from not nursing as frequently so I’ll be bringing my pump just incase.

I’m planning to pack the following:

  • bottles, pump and pacifier (even though he hates it)
  • baby food in a pouch + soft tipped spoon
  • toys (some of his favorites + teething toys)
  • small books
  • change of clothes for both ollie and me, just incase…. poop explosion.
  • diapers, wipes, hand wipes
  • nursing cover
  • teething tablets
  • medicines – tylenol, motrin
  • blanket
  • ipad – we downloaded a bunch of videos for him, even though I rarely let him watch anything. (maybe just the “elmo song” video while I cut his nails. But 16 hours… we might need it

Is there anything else you would recommend? Ollie fusses a lot these days so I’m hoping to ease him on the plane ride. I hope that everyone around us will be understanding.

Wish us luck on our second plane trip (1st – moving from Shanghai to Hong Kong) together as a family! :) 


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  1. Sophie
    December 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I have flown with a baby/toddler many times. My tips:

    Take his car seat on board, if you can. It is safer and more comfortable for everyone for him to sit/sleep in it as much as possible. If you are buying a seat for him, this is no problem as long as the seat is approved for flying. If you don’t buy him a seat, you may be able to take it on board if the flight isn’t full. (I usually either purchased a seat or purposely booked a flight that usually isn’t full so that I could have an extra seat.) If it is full, you can gate check the seat. (Check with your airline – policies vary.)

    Take a bjorn/ergo/other carrier on board. Your arms will get tired and you will need to use them. Not sure what rules apply in your case, but FAA rules prohibit use during takeoff and landing.

    Take a stroller through the terminal and then gate check it. You will use it for the kid, or it is convenient to put your carry on bags on the stroller and carry Ollie through the terminal. I even had a stroller gate check bag, which I would put my stroller in before gate checking it. (Uh, you could even stash stuff in the bag, nice to lighten up your carry on load.)

    Re BF, if you are traveling with your husband or another person with a seat, you can put the armrest up and have him stretch his legs out while you are holding him. I know this isn’t the same as BF lying down but at least he can stretch out. Maybe even take a bed pillow to put him on. Obviously, this depends on your seat configuration and works best in coach! But if flying biz or 1st, you may be able to recline to feed him (you look slim!).

    Nursing wrap is fine but I found a big shawl (aka pashmina) to be more versitile. Nursing wrap, blanket, folded up as a pillow, etc. And you can wear it the whole flight and not have to deal with getting a cover on and off.

    A few extra plastic and other lightweight bags to use for random things like garbage, to put a few things in to take to the bathroom at changing time (you don’t want to lug your big diaper bag through the aisles and into the mini-bathrooms, to organize smaller amounts of stuff while your bigger carry on is above or too hard to get to, etc. Air sickness bags are also good for dirty diapers!

    Those tips come to mind. Good luck!

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH for your suggestions! We are definitely taking the ergo and hope that Ollie will be comfortable in it. I am currently writing all of your suggestions on my list to pack. :) Sadly the flight is FULL, and we are flying coach! haha You are so sweet, I am definitely not slim… I got some meat. :) Your suggestions are so great, Thank you SOOOOO much!

  2. jjuuddyy
    December 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm


    I recently flew 16 hours with my 7 months old baby and agree with what Sophie recommended above as well.

    Bringing the baby carrier was a life saver! I walked up and down the aisle carrying my baby in it and it helped put her to sleep :)

    It was also a great idea to bring onboard one of those diaper changing stations where you can put diapers and wipes in and folds into a compact pouch.

    I also brought onboard some new toys my baby has never played with before. It entertained her here and there and was a nice distraction for her :)

    Good luck on your upcoming travels!


    • December 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Judy!!! Oh this is SO great to hear, since Ollie will be 7 months when we fly! Ergo is definitely a must, just from what everyone is saying! Diaper changing stations, check! New toys!! I must get some. :) Thank you hon!!! This is so helpful.

  3. Jasmin
    December 19, 2013 at 7:35 am

    If its not a full flight you can try and get a row to yourself. People can lay down on three seats. Its iffy on a flight to buy your seat as the window, your husband as the aisle and the middle seat empty. Sometimes its works and no one gets that seat. Especially in the back. Then, if there is an empty seat somewhere else, you get to lie down with baby to nurse.

    The noise really just made mine sleepy.

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      I wish it wasn’t a full flight but it’s completely packed. Hopefully some won’t show?? :) Hopefully the noise will make Ollie sleepy too! Thank you so much, I’ll ask about the back!

  4. December 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Are you going back to NYC for the holidays? Bundle up! It’s wet and rainy/slushy. Have a safe journey!

    • January 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      we did! :) Came back, missed the storm.

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