Lean in close. I have a confession to get off my chest.
Nervous butterflies haven’t flooded my stomach at the thought of flying in years. Once upon a time, I dreaded the takeoff and landing. (Airsickness, anyone? Puking your guts out is an awesome way to start your trip — not.) Those days are long gone thanks to hours of mindful breathing.
Now those nervous butterflies are back. In hordes of swarming wings that clog my throat and drain blood from my limbs.
What’s triggered their return?
The thought of flying with my 3-month old son.
A few weeks ago, he woke up to the fact that, surrounding him, is a teeming world full of strange curiosities. His big eyes soak in Costco, neighborhood walks, and views out the car’s rear window.
He’s the perfect age to introduce to flying: malleable, too naive to be scared, plump and cute enough to be forgiven a multitude of sins. He’s ready to take a bite out of the world.
His mama is hovering on a knife’s edge between fear and excitement. A feeling akin to the one just before the roller coaster drops into a stomach-clenching fall.
Maybe you’re like me: an old hand at traveling solo, or with a partner, but the thought of being That Person With A Baby on the plane terrifies you. Maybe, once upon a time, flying without a checked bag scared you, too (you crazy carry-on packing fool) but look how far you’ve come.
To lend my soul confidence — forewarning of what’s coming eases my unnamed terrors — I’ve been researching hard and heavy. I even interviewed my gyspy-blooded friends with kids to get their hard-won tips.
Here’s how to pack for your first trip with baby (under a year old) — including what MUST go in your diaper bag. Click to continue…