February 26, 2013 by Ellen V
We just got home from a whirlwind trip to see Mama and Papa V in Texas. We have had lots and lots of long, crabby car trips, but it was our first time on a plane trip with Jane, and, as my luck should have it, the weather was awful. Luckily, it didn’t get in our way too much! We had a lovely time in Texas, truly, even if we are glad to be back.
A few notes about air travel with Baby Jane:
- We had started our packing thinking we’d try to carry most of our gear onto the plane and just check one bag. Thankfully, we realized before we got to the airport that with all the baby gear (stroller, car seat, etc), we needed to take the opposite approach. We flew Southwest, who still checks bags for free, so we stashed most of our gear under the plane and just took what Jane needed for on the plane. Which still ended up being a car seat and two backpacks. Yikes.
- Do you love the Itsy Bitsy Spider? We love the Itsy Bitsy Spider. L.O.V.E. And I’m sure everyone else on our planes loves it, too. In all seriousness, it’s harmless, and it keeps her happy, so we sang a lot of Itsy Bitsy Spider. Quietly.
- I know a lot of people suggest buying new, interesting toys to distract toddlers, but 1) we’re not made of money and 2) Jane is still young enough that everything is new and interesting. I took exactly one book and one toy, both of which are classic favorites, along with Jane’s special sleeping buddy, Baby. We didn’t take either the book or the toy out of my backpack once. It was fine. Jane mostly slept or played with Baby. For the ten minutes the whole weekend she was fussy, we allowed her to watch the one episode of Sesame Street we had downloaded. Best $1.99 I ever spent.
- I didn’t know if I’d be able to get those super awesome snack pouches of applesauce and other treats through security, but I chanced it and they let it slide. Thank goodness! Jane mostly eats table food, so I wasn’t worried about her going hungry, but I did want to make sure she had snacks she liked for the trip. Good decision. I was also worried about getting enough milk or even just liquids in general in her, but even whole milk was easy to find in the airport, and we let her have water and/or apple juice on the flights if she was awake.
- My very awesome Mama V bought Jane her very own ticket, even though she’s well under the age requirement for lap seating. This was a mixed bag, but mostly awesome. Jane slept much better in her seat than she would have in my arms, and I think we were all more comfortable that way. We did, however, have to lug a car seat around all weekend. But then again, we had one once we got to Dallas. All in all, if you (or your in-laws!) can swing it, it was nice to have.
At the end of the day, the whole trip was much easier than I anticipated. We had a great time, and Jane is officially a world traveler. Or at least a national traveler. Or something. We got zipped right to the front of the line in security, Jane loved exploring the airports, and, best of all, we got to spend a whole weekend with people we love.