1. Sling / Carrier – use one that you can manage on your own, even when you’re carrying baby
I brought along my Pupsik sling to use because that’s the only one I know how to use on my own. I have a Cybex carrier as well but I decided against that ‘cos I may need help to put it on or remove it at times, or someone to help me carry Thaddeus while I wear the carrier.
The down side was that I killed my back using the Pupsik on a fidgety 10kg baby and carrying my sling bag, AND having to walk to the far end of the terminal to get to our gate.
2. Sling-across bag – a versatile one which can be sling across your body, on one shoulder, or hang on your arm would be best.
That is going to be on my to-get list when we head to Europe later this year. I used the largest sling-across bag I could find in the house and filled it up with all of Thaddeus’ stuff.
A sling-across bag is great because it keeps your hands free and you can keep an eye on your stuff when you pull the bag to your front. It’s abit hard on your neck if you have much stuff kept inside, which is what usually happens when you travel with a baby.
I like that I could sling my bag across and have both hands to keep my fidgety baby close to me, but the strap of the bag nearly bruised my neck! Can’t have the best of all the worlds, I guess.
3. Milk for a 2-hour flight and 1.5-hour car ride after
3 bottles with cool water in each bottle:
1 bottle for feed during flight
1 bottle for feed during car ride to destination
1 bottle for just-in-case
I prepared cool water in all the bottles beforehand because I worry more about the source of cool water if I have to get from elsewhere. Hot water is not so much of a concern as long as they give smokin’ hot water to me. Thaddeus has been used to taking cool boiled water and traveling is never a good time to introduce new changes, so I much prefer to bring along my own cool water whenever possible.
1 bottle of cool water – essentially to help Thaddeus swallow to get rid of the ear pressure during take-off and landing
5. Distractions: bring whatever toys that baby loves at the moment
1 plush – Thaddeus LOVES his mini Winnie-the-Pooh
1 bean pillow – a must-have for zzZZzz time!
1 pacifier – more of a toy for Thaddeus because he doesn’t get pacified with the pacifier
1 teething toy – for the teething baby
1 book – for reading, biting and playing
1 REAL book – for reading
6. Hygiene stuff: as advised by J, ALWAYS bring extras!
3 diapers for a 2-hour flight and 1.5hour car ride
1 new packet of wet tissue
1 big packet of tissue paper
Thaddeus has his diaper changed about every 3 hours during the day unless a poop happens. We had him changed into a fresh diaper before the flight, so 3 diapers should be more than enough.
Sure, you can count on the air crew to get you serviettes..but only if they get to you in time! So always best to be prepared yourself.
7. Camera: flying with a baby is memorable (in good & not-so-good ways) and you wouldn’t want to miss out taking photos for him/her
It provides some entertainment as well when you show baby photos taken previously.
8. Passports / Wallet / Air tickets & boarding pass
A compartment in the bag just for these important items would be great.
I’m quite amazed that my somewhat-hobo sling-across bag measuring at 10.5″ by 17″, with a width of 6″ can contain all the above!