Oh my, we’re about to take a plane trip with my baby. What are some things you packed to make it through?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: We traveled right away with our son. Both of our boys were born in the summer, and we always spend two weeks at the shore. I probably over packed, but I wanted to be prepared. One thing that was very handy was a travel bassinette. It folded up into the size of a booster seat, and then we set it up in the middle of our bed, so the baby slept between us. You have to be very careful about cribs at hotels. Before you use it, inspect it closely to make sure you can’t fit a soda can between the slats and that all of the hardware is tightened very well.
All that said, I think it’s a lot easier to travel with a baby than a toddler. With a baby, pretty much all you need are diapers and onesies. You can contain a baby in the car seat. Once they hit that stage where they can walk, but they can’t talk, it’s very difficult.
I remember being with my older son when he was a baby, on an airplane doing a sticker book for hours. It’s all about knowing your baby and being prepared with a bag of tricks to keep him busy.
—Heather Orman-Lubell, MD, a mom of 10- and six-year-old sons, and a pediatrician in private practice at Yardley Pediatrics of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children