advice for two longish flights with a one year old?
July 14, 2014 1:34 PM Subscribe
I'm going to be flying alone next month with my baby who will be almost one month old then. She just stopped nursing, and she's very much into crawling, rolling, and standing right now (as I type, she's not yet walking). She doesn't sleep when she's being held; she needs a crib or her carseat for that. There's no direct flight between here and destination city, and we can either divide it up between two 3-hour flights or one five-hour and one one-hour. I'm not a good flyer when I'm responsible only for myself, so I'm positively daunted by traveling alone with my daughter. I would appreciate any advice you could give me.
I've flown with her (and her dad) before, when she was 3.5 months and 4.5, and I have to say that it was easier than I imagined it would be. But she was nursing then, and she was happy to sleep in her carseat, which we had on the plane because we got her her own seat. I also, of course, had an extra set of adult hands to help getting through security and on and off the plane.
Here are some things to keep in mind and specific questions I'd like help with:
1. I plan once again on buying her a seat. I'm a big person myself and think we could use the extra room.
2. My husband thinks I should have the carseat with me again. Our baby is easy-going and sweet-tempered, but she isn't particularly snuggly. She likes to sleep in her crib. She doesn't fall asleep in my arms. But that carseat is bulky and hard to maneuver.
3. I was planning on once again bringing her regular stroller, which I'll need if I have her carseat in the airport and will want in destination city, and will check it out the gate. We also have an Ergo carrier, which I've used recently to good effect (she didn't like it when she was wee). Should have this on me, too, for getting her on and off the plane? Should I try a different carrier?
4. How do I handle her need to move and stretch and get her wiggles out when we're on the plane and in the airport?
5. Do you think it's better to have two even legs of the trip or one long and one short?
6. Do you have any tips that wouldn't have even occurred to me to make her day easier, my day easier, and the other passengers' days easier?
Thanks so much in advance. As I said earlier, I'm daunted!