Last week me, Dustin and Hayden had to fly to Ottawa for a quick trip, which was Hayden’s first flight at 4 weeks old. I was quite a bit overwhelmed, I’m an over thinker… so of course what’s going through my mind is do you gate check or baggage check the car seat and stroller? Do you bring the travel bags? Pump, bottles and where to wash things? How are we going to carry everything?! LOL Dock a tot, Diaper bag, carry on’s, and of course Hayden!!
With all these question’s I asked you all on my instagram, I’ve had a lot of you momma’s with a first trip ahead of you ask me how the trip went, and everything we did to ensure the trip went smoothly, so here it is!
Started off by checking into our flight, and I realized the small cooler with my breastmilk was leaking allllll over our clothes, then as we went to security I was of course selected for the random pat down with Hayden in hand, as well as both of our bags checked and swabbed, off to a great start lol! At least I wasn’t asked to taste my milk to prove it wasn’t toxic, I was laughing when many of you ladies told me you were asked to do this at security haha! But thank goodness that was the only small hiccups we had. We decided to gate check the stroller and car seat without the travel bags, and I probably won’t do it that way again until she is older and a bit bigger. We ended up using our Beluga Wrap during layovers, so she wasn’t in her stroller anyways. It was really just something extra to worry about and was being used for a cart to carry the Dock a Tot, diaper bag and carry on. So for our next flight at the end of this month to Austria, we will be baggage checking them so it’s less items to worry about.
As for pumping, I have not had an issue with the “extra work” of it, until before this flight. After each pump and feed where do you wash everything? and how do you store it? Well lots you ladies gave me great tips! One tip I got was to store the bottles and pump on ice in our cooler bag after she fed until you had access to a sink, that way the milk wouldn’t spoil on them. This definitely came in handy because there was no way I was washing them in the airplane sink! Another tip was the Medela Steam Bags, these were a serious lifesaver!! After I rinsed them in the airport (I brought a small container of dish soap) I threw everything in the steam bag, and asked a restaurant in the airport to pop it in the microwave for us! One thing we didn’t think about was having a microwave (for steaming) and a fridge to store the milk in our hotel room, I just assumed… as most hotels have them. Well of course ours didn’t, so make sure you ask about that! Medela wipes was another suggestion from lots of you, I didn’t have time to get any before the trip, but they will be a must for the next one for a quick clean!
For the flight itself, it was SO easy… just like at home all she did was eat and sleep, and no crying on any of the flights was an added bonus! She was a champ! We fed her during take off and landing for her ears, and if she wouldn’t eat, the soother worked as well. It was a great “practice” trip before our big flight to Europe, and made me feel so much better. Not sure why I was worrying so much… so for all you momma’s going on a first flight with your babe, don’t stress! It’s so not worth the worry, and I can bet everything will go smoothly!