Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flying with a baby for the first time. Oh, dear lord, HELP!

In case the above title didn't quite get my point across, Steve and I will be taking a plane trip in about a week and a half. With a baby. For the first time. And I am just a tad nervous.

Or anxious beyond all imagination.

Or frightened out o' my gourd.

Or something along those lines. Except in reality, my scaredy-ness involves curse words, and I'm really trying to watch that since I read somewhere that babies get close to saying their first words around this time, and honestly? The last thing I need is for Brigid's first word to be of the four letter variety. Could you imagine spelling something like that out for her in the baby book?

Motherhood, FAIL.

Anyway, I'm looking for ideas. Thoughts. Opinions. I am looking for any help anyone who has every flown with any baby can offer. Advice on take-off and landing. Miracle solutions to calm a disturbed baby in-flight. Secret tricks for getting said baby and her massive amount of stuff through security. Quickly. On the Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend.

Oh, yeah. Did I mention that part? All of this will be taking place over Labor Day weekend. Because we like a challenge. And navigating through a billion and a half people in the world's worst airport seemed like the way to go. So, there's that.

The only thing we did do right (besides deciding to do this for the first time on a flight that is only an hour long) was score seats on the two person side of the plane. Short trip = small(er) plane = nobody stuck on the inside of our row, glaring at Steve and I because the screaming baby can't be comforted.

We'll just have the people across the aisle from us glaring because the screaming baby can't be comforted.

Small victories, people. Small victories.

1 comment:

  1. bring lots of snacks! and stickers were a big hit, they take up almost no space and it was funny for Emilie to stick them on her face when she was just over 1 (the last time we flew).
    and if you are bringing your car seat Babies R Us carries a car seat carrying bag. (the one with wheels is the best)...but it makes it lots easier to check that bulky seat.
    and... if you are visiting someone have them pick up whatever special baby foods or even diapers you will need. Less stuff to pack and then you won't have to waste time running to the store.
    and lastly, i'm personally against the benedryl idea. It makes Hannah totally crazy NOT sleepy.
    Have a great trip!


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