I was worried beforehand, actually really worried. I didn't want her to be in any pain, I didn't want to be the person with "that" baby on the plane, and I did not want to arrive to Kansas super frazzled. So after searching Pinterest I found this adorable little travel bags:
I took work off the day of the flight because I wanted to finish packing and just relax before our whirlwind busy trip to Kansas. Claire and I got lots of stuff done and we were on our way to pick up Ryan from work, I had heard that Obama was flying out of LAX around the same time as our flight so we headed there 3 hours early instead of 2 to get everything settled and I wanted to make sure I got my breast pump and my breast milk bottles through security with no issue [I also am ALWAYS stopped when I head through and they check my hands for something....] anyway it was a breeze and I actually had a lot of fun traveling with my babe and Ryan. I have the best travel buddies. Claire slept, ate, giggled and charmed other passengers. Our flight home when it came to Claire was just as easy. We had a few other mishaps haha but we all go home with no tears :)
- Wear your baby. This made our lives so much easier. Walking through the airport to having dinner in the airport and finally even on the plane. I was able to nurse her on demand with ease and she was also able to sleep her little heart out. Having two hands is a luxury sometimes.
- Book a non stop flight if possible. I read a lot that we should not book a flight during her 'witching hour' because if we know when we is usually fussy that it would just be worse on the plane. I decided to ignore that bit of advice because we really wanted to fly non stop. I get fussy when we have to get on and off so this one was more for my sake than for hers.
- Bring treats for your fellow travelers, people loved it! We got so many compliments on how Claire hadn't made a peep the entire time but that they still appreciated the Twix bars.
- Relax. Even if your baby does cry everything will be ok [many other babies on the plane cried - we all survived]
Have a fun trip! Cannot wait to book out next one