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Traveling with 5 month old

I’m traveling with my LO (5 months). Any tips/recommendations. I feel like I need a luggage just for essentials. I’m a bit lost. We are taking car seat (with base) stroller. In one bag I have bottle warmer and pump. How do I pack his formula and breast milk? I’m sure we will be in the airport 2 hours before flight and the flight is 3 hours. Ugh any tips will help.

  • Raji
    Dec 13, 2018

    R u going by yourself or with someone? If by urself, don’t take too much carry on. I would give a bottle while at airport n then breastfeed during takeoff n landing. Just pack diaper bag with necessities n few toys n hopefully baby will sleep during flight. Also, ask flight attendants if they have changing table on board.

  • Brianne
    Dec 13, 2018

    Write out his schedule. If you know he will be hungry around 5 and your flight will be boarding at 5 that might be a rough conflict, this way you can prepare for that. Maybe see if you can adjust his schedule so he gets sleepy when the flight takes off, take a nap on plane and then eat when he wakes. (This would probs work for my son, but adjust for your child’s preferences) haven’t flown with my son but I’ve taken him on a few long road trips. I suggest you know exactly what he will be doing on each leg of the trip. Idk your Bm/formula ratio or schedule or anything but from my experience formula is much better while traveling because bm has such finicky temperature and time things to keep track of. I pack water bottles and the single packets of formula for the two/theee bottles he wants on our long trips. And make sure you have them ready before he starts screaming 😂 Maybe look into how to relieve pain from the change in pressure too, that will certainly cause a baby to get upset. Bring the minimum essentials in a carry on and the rest stored away in a luggage. A diaper bag should be plenty for the flight. And since it’s the holidays you will definitely want to bring enough food for him in the case of delays.

  • Caitlin
    Dec 13, 2018

    Airlines allow you to bring a “reasonable amount” of formula or breastmilk with you. My son was/is formula fed. I make two bottles and put them in the diaper bag. I bring his formula in my carry on. When you go through security they will test the liquids and the powder to make sure it’s not a bomb or anything. They are pretty accommodating to moms. I find that it takes an extra 20 minutes maybe. Bring pacifiers or wait until you’re in the air to give the bottle and that will help with the ears. My son slept the whole time when we took him at 4 months. Then at 11 months he was awake the whole time and fell asleep at landing. The movement is a little bit like a car ride for them.

  • Kami
    Dec 13, 2018

    We are traveling with our 5 1/2 month old for the first time too and I’m a tad overwhelmed with all that we are bringing. As far as formula/liquids I called TSA and they said you can bring whatever amount you need including ice packs, but just separate it from everything else, maybe in a gallon ziplock as it has to go through scanner alone.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 13, 2018

    Dont bring the car seat base if you can just use the seatbelt on the seat. So much easier when traveling. Also, we never brought the bottle warmer and use just hot water in a mug when traveling. I usually bring enough formula for a few extra bottles for the flight and either buy some when we arrive or check the rest. When I was breastfeeding I just skipped bottles for the trip and fed. And left my pump home.

  • Liz
    Dec 13, 2018

    My kiddo was about the same age when we traveled for the first time together. Our flight was about 3-4 hours long. My suggestion would be to travel with the essentials no extras. We had two checked in bags and one carry on bag ( + 2 personal backpacks) carry on was all for kiddo’s clothing blankets and towels (it was the summer and we were going to Puerto Rico). My personal bag was my diaper backpack. In it I had all of my essentials for changing and feeding. My boy is formula fed and we invested in the pre measured to-go formula packs while in the airport. We did pack one can of formula (unopened) in the carry on for the duration of our trip. Have plenty of empty plastic bags on hand Incase kiddo poops or soils their clothes. As for baby equipment we took our car seat (no base), a light weight stroller and our baby carrier. Even then my husband and I struggled to lug all of it. I didn’t breast feed but I did meet a mama who did on our trip. She placed her pump in her personal bag and brought frozen cold packs in an insulated lunch bag/tote. That all seemed to work fine for her. ALSO It can get cold on the plane so I would suggest bringing a blanket with you for the baby. We arrived two hours early as well to the airport and we took baby out of the stroller and into the carrier so he can look around and get adjusted to the space. He slept the entire plane ride going, but coming back was a nightmare. He didn’t sleep and was crying most of the way. The only thing that soothes him was milk and walking up and down the aisle. Be mentally prepared in case that happens. I wasn’t and I almost lost it. We may have this plan on how things are gonna go but we forget to consider the worst case scenarios. Be strong mama. Don’t over pack. Leave the car seat base if you can lock in the seat with the seatbelt. Take you time when going through security. Take deep breathes you got this!

  • Jossie
    Dec 13, 2018

    Thank you all very much! I definitely feel better prepared with all your tips. Now hopefully he will do ok in flight and if not it’s ok mamas ready 😊

  • Jess
    Dec 14, 2018

    We have flown a few times and most recently international and my advice is pack light 😀 also check to see if your airport has the Mamava pods for breastfeeding. I used it a few times for feeding or pumping as it was a private space and then didn’t have to worry about formula or packing a lot of milk. First flight I look a cooler of frozen breastmilk and no questions from TSA.