|Picture for Daddy this morning.|
1) Less is more - we were very happy to have taken a carrier instead of a stroller and though we took a small bag of favorite toys, Ayden was honestly more entertained by un-opened peanut packages, an empty cup/stir straw and the safety pamphlet from the seat pockets.
|The type of bag we used for his books and toys.|
Wore Ayden on the Ergo in the front, put this on the back.
|Ayden's favorite cup!|
|Ayden's favorite flap book!|
|Looks pretty comfy to me!|
5) Pack snacks! - We aren't really an "eat for boredom" family but in these situations when you are trying to keep your baby happy for your sanity, the sanity of those around you and, of course, your baby, sometimes a nice snack is just the ticket. If Ayden started getting restless, we'd get out an apple, a few raisins or coconut flakes and that would keep him busy for at least a little while.
|Ayden's favorite snack cup!|
I would also like to add that cloth diapering was not a problem for us on the trip. I packed all of Ayden's clothes and diapers in our small, carry-on rolling suitcase and we kept it with us all along. It was a bit of a hassle to fit in a couple of the over-head bins but I did not want to chance it getting lost and a) us not have our diapers for the trip, or b) have our investment be lost forever or somehow ruined. Our hotel had a guest laundry room so I used it to do a load of diapers mid-trip for $4 ($1 each for rinse, wash, rinse, dry)
Another tip that I saw online that we did not end up doing would be to pack earplugs to offer the folks around you if your baby does end up crying. It would kind of break the ice and serve as a peace offering. Who knows, some of the people may actually use them. On our second flight on the way down to Mississippi, Ayden slept the whole way because it was after his bedtime. He did wake up though, and cried for about 30 seconds until I got him repositioned and latched back on. During that time the lady sitting behind David tapped him and said, "Do you have a pacifier for him?" She didn't even give us a chance to calm him before she was ready for him to be quiet. David politely told her he was okay and that he didn't need one and by then he was back to sleep. Some people just want to travel in peace and you really can't expect them to have patience for your baby because to them, it's just "some baby."
All in all we had a really wonderful experience flying with our 10 month old little man. We'd love to read about your experiences with air traveling with an infant. Please share stories below!