Wednesday, August 1, 2012

flying with a babe

[on the plane]

Well...we went flying with a baby. Just typing this makes my heart jump. Yikes... what the heck were we doing?! A three month old... on a plane... craaaaazy. We successfully flew to california a 1 hour and 45 minute direct flight to see the grandparents. Let me tell you it was worth it. A time for them to bond with Cora- she is a completely different baby than she was when she was born- thank goodness, and it gave us some time for us to relax and catch up. Oh, the alternative to this flight, would have been a 12 hour road trip. Considering she doesn't like her car seat, we thought it would be cruel (for all of us) to do a road trip.

Don't get me wrong, flying with a baby is way more stressful than flying by yourself and a complimentary glass of wine that's for sure. But Cora only had one 5 minute burst of crying each way. This 5 minute outburst felt like eternity... but it wasn't.

My dear blogger friend meghan (we ski slow) couldn't have posted a more timely piece on how to travel with a baby. So from her list -here-, I made my own.

My tips for what made this flight okay...
  • We brought bottles of formula. The flight to California we only brought 1 bottle- big mistake.The flight home we brought was perfect (one for take off and one for landing). And FYI you're allowed to fly with as much breast milk/formula as you need for a babe. Cora wouldn't breastfeed on the flight, too many distractions... so I'm glad we brought bottles.
  • The flight home we had to get up out of our seats...use them as a flat surface and swaddled cora. It worked, just like at home.
  • We brought tons of toys.
  • We had her as a free "lap infant"...and didn't bring on her car seat, it was checked at the gate. Boise really only does small airplanes... so this worked well for us.
  • Cora was handed back and forth between Matt and I the whole trip... it would be utterly gutsy to do this flight alone without a support person.
  • Let's be honest here though....we got lucky. Good timing for Cora, short flight, and pure luck. Will this be smooth again, probably not. But I will take what we can get.

can you see the disbelief in my eye?! sleeping cora... amazing.

We also had a few other firsts with our dear cora... first time swimming *gasp*.... and get this... first time eating rice cereal. I know, I know... we are living on the wild side with our 3 month old. But gosh, these firsts were fantastic. Once we started throwing out the "shoulds" and starting following our new parenting instincts we have been a bit more relaxed.

...adorable naked baby. She loved swimming at the grandparent's house.

oh yea... i think she likes it folks.


  1. You guys are very brave! I am so glad you got to spend some time with your parents :) we have yet to attempt flying with the boys, but we have done an 8 hour road trip! Thank goodness they enjoy the car for the most part :) FYI Cora is so cute.

  2. Ahhhhh. So glad your trip was good. Agree so much that letting your instinct be your guide is the way to go.

  3. This was the BEST bonding experience! I talked to my sister, Linda, today about the closeness we feel toward Cora. She thinks the extended time visits let you understand each other and bond more completely; and, she has grand and great grand babies.


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