An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Mommy Monday: Air Travel With Ze Bebe

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mommy Monday: Air Travel With Ze Bebe

I was absolutely terrified to fly with Henry last week.

What if he cries the whole flight? What if he poops and I have to change him in the nonexistent plane bathroom and it goes everywhere? What if we don't make our connection in Atlanta? I always have to run through ATL... I can't run with a baby! What if he spits up on the person next to me? What if all that happens, and my seatmate says something snarky to me and I punch him/her in the face??? Ohhhh, please little baby, just don't poop!

And guess what? The screaming and the poop did happen. Thankfully, we made all connections and no punches were thrown.

It's enough work to get out of the house with the baby, but fly on a plane? Ahhhhh, shap shawty! LOADS of work. It's all in what you pack in the diaper bag. Get ready to become a pack mule, because little humans have lots of needs! I think I carried about 20 extra pounds of stuff, plus a 17 pound baby. So, you know, that counted as a workout.

The Diaper Bag:

All of this easily fit into my Better Life Bags "Emily" diaper bag

The key to flying success lies in the diaper bag. Here's what we packed for a 2.5 hour flight to ATL followed by a 30 minute flight to Savannah:

- 5-6 diapers (can NEVER have enough)
- wipes
- one change of clothes
- 2 extra bibs (drooly Henry wears one at all times, so we had 3 total)
- 4 unmade bottles
- 2 pacifiers
- small container of formula
- three small toys
- gripe water
- Tylenol
- Bamboo blanket

We were able to distract Henry during take off and landing with the bottles, keep him fairly entertained with the toys mid-flight, and had "emergency supplies" in the form of gripe water and Tylenol in case nothing was working. Those went unused. Whew!

I nearly forgot the bibs! As you can see, there's still plenty of room in the bag for them.
We opted to carry Henry in a Baby Bjorn as opposed to navigating busy airports with a bulky stroller. That made things much easier, especially getting on and off the plane. Plus, we didn't have to wait at the gate to collect our curb-checked stroller after the flight.

Flight one is in the books, and flight two is scheduled for Christmas! After this, I'm asking everyone to just come to us in Dallas, because MAN is this a ton of work with a mini-me!


  1. I'm so glad things went smoothly! Yay! In other news, did you have a wonderful time?! I can't wait to hear all about it.

  2. so glad everything went so well - i can definitely see wearing would be better than a stroller, especially in atlanta, jeepers that airport kinda sucks lol. i'm sure it will get easier ;)

    1. I'm not sure if things went "so well"... There was screaming involved, and nasty looks from people. But I didn't lose my cool, even when I dumped half a bottle in my lap! So that was a plus.

      But I'm NOT looking forward to doing it again this Christmas, that's for sure.

  3. Happy to hear that everything turned out great!! I have to say that anyone that gets annoyed when they see a baby - is annoying themselves - I mean how can you expect a baby not to make some noise during a flight - it's not necessarily the easiest thing in the world LOL!! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

    1. Yes! Those people are totally annoying, and are probably even annoyed WITH themselves! Most people were pretty cool about it. Except one 20-something woman who stared at me with a death threat stare while Henry fussed before the plane took off. She was a pain in the rump and probably hates her own life.

  4. So happy you made it! I think that definitely counts as a workout :) Enjoy your trip!!

    1. Haha, yes! I think "just making it" is a much better way to describe how we fared than "it went well"! Travel aside, the trip was AWESOME! Recap to come tomorrow :)

  5. Traveling with baby is not an easy task for any mom, but when you have a stroller for baby then its not mush difficult to Travel with baby.

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