Now that we’re back from (and survived!) our first cross-country trip with a five-week old, here are some observations that we’ll be sure to pay attention to in the future:
- Keep the Sock Bandit Away – We totally should have had the baby in footies on the plane. Instead, we found ourselves chasing after the loose socks that the Sock Bandit kept on stealing from the baby’s feet.
- Bye Bye to the ‘No Wash, No Touch’ Policy – There’s no stronger magnet for hands than a baby’s face. For the first four weeks, we were adamant about visitors washing their hands before holding the baby. The trip put the kibosh on that. Everyone wanted to squeeze her cheeks, and there just was no good way to say, “please look but don’t touch (unless you’ve washed your hands).” All we could do is bite our tongue and wash her face as soon as we got back to our hotel room.
- Going Formula – To this point, we’ve fed the baby nothing but breast milk. We learned how handy formula would have been since the baby got hungry at a couple inopportune moments, including the beginning of my brother’s wedding ceremony. Without an alternative, my wife had to skip away to feed the hungry bear.
- Milk Drunk for Take-off/Landing – We were fully dreading the scene that the baby would make on take-offs and landings, but she was just an angel. We were told to feed her or give her a pacifier during take-off and landing, but we ended up feeding her right before. She was in such a milk-drunken stupor that she slept through those critical moments.
- To Buy or Not To Buy a Seat – After debating back and forth, we chose not to buy a seat. The real reason was I had misread JetBlue’s policy, thinking they gave infants less than 2 a free seat when in reality, the baby gets to sit on our lap for free. Nevertheless, it worked out just great because she slept most of the way. But if she were more rambunctious, I would buy a seat for her going forward. As far as having the baby in a car seat on the plane, sure that’s the safest way to go. However, buying a seat doesn’t guarantee us being able to use the car seat. All we can do is call the airline beforehand to get clarification and hope that the crew at the airport/plane follows through.
- To Definitely Buy a Diaper Bag: If you’re travelling with a baby in toe, the right bag can be a life saver. After reading WAY too many diaper bag reviews, we settled on the Okkatots Travel Baby Depot. Despite its high price, we couldn’t be happier with the purchase. It’s great for carrying extra socks!
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Changing our little one on the plane was actually a cinch, thanks to the bathroom mirror. She quietly entertained herself looking at the mirror while daddy took care of the dirty diapers. Maybe a mirror by the changing table at home will help miss squirmy stay put.
- Delays, Delays – Fortunately, we didn’t experience any. However, we did listen to a friend who told us to pack extra diapers and change of clothes. After all, we didn’t want her to come off a plane in nothing but a diaper like her son had to.
With the first plane trip under our belt, we’re ready for our next! Too bad we don’t have any scheduled in the foreseeable future.