Flying with a Newborn
February 23, 2011 8:40 AM Subscribe
Logistics of traveling solo with an infant. Looking for tips regarding carriers, going to the bathroom, changing a baby on the plane. I'll be flying Alaska Air and I'd love any special tips for flying these small planes or even Alaska in particular.
posted by amanda to Travel & Transportation around Alaska (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
NOTE: I'm planning to check my carseat as I also had a C-section and the thought of lugging around a carseat (there's one layover) is daunting if it ends up I don't have a spare seat to put it in on the flight. I find it very awkward and heavy to carry her in it -- I don't know how Moms do that! I've read all the car seat check/not to check threads so I don't think I need more info on that.
I've got reservations for my husband and I to fly out to visit family this week but I'm contemplating heading out early solo. Eeek!
My baby is about 2.5 months so still pretty small. I've got a Moby wrap, Baby Bjorn and an Ergo carrier. I haven't really used any of these with her. My husband has worn her in the Ergo and a sling. Any thoughts on which carrier might be best? What worked for you and why? The Moby seems like a pain in the ass. The Ergo seems like it would be pretty great although kind of bulky. We haven't tried the Bjorn yet.
And, silly stuff, but how do I use the bathroom myself either in the airport or on the plane -- put her on the floor? I suppose a sling would be easier in terms of using the bathroom while wearing her... it doesn't have the hip belt like the Ergo.
Doing a baby diaper change on the plane -- I'm assuming the bathroom floor is the only spot? How have you managed?
Other questions: Do you like to pre-board or wait till the end? What kind of strategies do you have for either breastfeeding or bottle feeding on takeoff/landing? Any special treatment I should ask for?
I'm still trying to get a handle on what I can bring through security regarding baby food and snacks for me so if you have recent experience with this, would love to hear it.
What question am I not asking?