Quick Guide: How to Travel with a baby, solo.

How To: Travel internationally with a baby.

U.S. to Haiti and Haiti to U.S.

Eliaz and I recently just took our first international trip to Haiti to visit family. I’ve been to Haiti countless times but traveling with a baby is not what I expected… let’s just say it was a learning experience. I had to do a lot of research before our voyage. Not only did we travel internationally but I had no one to help me! Just me and my baby. You will be overwhelmed if not prepared properly. Going on vacation soon? Taking a little one along? Well follow this guide to make sure you have a smooth first trip. It is not easy and I can’t guarantee there won’t be some bumps along the way but it will help a loooot and be a great asset you. Now let’s get started.

 

  1. Call the airline in which you will be traveling and ask them about their policies for infants.

Different airlines have different policies and you do not want to wait until you’re at the airport to get surprised. Ask them how many quantities of formula you can bring onboard. Can you bring a car seat? Is there a fee for a baby? Can you bring a stroller? Is there a limit to how much breast milk you can bring? Can you bring wipes? Does diaper bag have to be checked? Does the baby stroller and car seat have a fee to be checked? These are the questions you should be asking. Write them down along the way because you will forget them! It’s so annoying being put on hold for forever to ask the same questions again so save yourself time and stress.

  1. Don’t over pack the baby bag (unless you plan on staying at the destination for a while)

You’re going to be holding your carryon, personal item, and holding the baby, the last thing you need to unneeded weight. If you’re going on a short flight, pack only what the baby NEEDS for the flight. A pack of wipes, diapers for the length of the flight, however much milk the baby will need, a couple toys, pacifier, a blanket, wet wipes should do the trick. It gets cold in airports and airplanes so a blanket is a must-have even if the destination is to a hot place.  I flew with American Airlines and you can bring as much formula as you need but they will check all the containers and liquids you may bring onboard.

  1. Strollers save lives.

Most airlines allow you to bring a stroller for the baby. You can either have it checked and sent with the other luggage or you have the option of using it until you’re about to board, in that case they take the stroller from you at the gate and will bring it to you as soon as you get off the plane. Use the Stroller. My son is heavy; I can’t be holding him for hours and running to reach my gate on time. Too much! Put that baby in the stroller mama. You can put stuff under in the little storage area and hang your purse on the handle.

  1. If your flight is not filled you can bring the car seat with you on the flight without having to pay a fee!
  2. Car seats and strollers are not charged when checked to be sent under the plane.
  3. A baby bag does not count as your carryon.
  4. Unless you buy a seat for your child, you cannot bring a suitcase under the baby’s name.

You know how each person gets a free checked bag? Well that’s only for those who have a seat. So the baby does not count under that rule unless you purchased a seat.

  1. Some airlines offer a bassinet for babies but it is first come, first serve.
  2. Babies on the flight with their car seat are always placed near the window.
  3. To help ease the ear popping when the plane is ascending and descending, give the baby a pacifier or a bottle because the sucking motions helps.(if you’re fancy you can also get noise canceling headphones for children)
  4. Flight attendants will give you warm water to make a bottle, just ask!
  5. ARRIVE EARLY

The last thing you need is to be rushed and scrambling around. Do not let this happen to you. Try to arrive at least 3 hours early! Yea you will have to wait a little but you will be assured that you got everything and will be able to take it easy. Don’t go rising your blood pressure up for nothing.

  1. Make sure all your important documents that you will need are easily accessible so you can just pop it in and out your bag with ease.
  2. Enjoy Your Trip Mommy!!!

Have any of you mamas traveled with a baby before? How was your experience? If you have any tips, make sure to leave them below!


 

Peace, Love & Melanin

-TheBrownMom

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27 Comments

  1. September 20, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    I don’t have any kids of my own but this was definitely an interesting and informative read- will be sharing with parents I know!

  2. September 20, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I don’t have kids but I was still curious to check this out lol. People make traveling after kids seem impossible. There’s always a way with good planning! Great tips! I’ll be bookmarking this for one day in the future

  3. September 21, 2017 / 4:32 am

    Great post. It must be challenging traveling with an infant; my heart always goes out to parents in the plane with fussy babies- I feel bad for the baby, but also for them because they are sometimes distraught . You seem to have it under control though, kudos.

  4. September 21, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I don’t have children, but I know this post will be a lifesaver for my friends and family members who do! I didn’t know strollers could be checked for free. I’ll definitely make note of that for my family and friends who like traveling with their little ones.

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Yes sis! They’re free of charge for most airlines!

  5. September 21, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I’d also suggest baby wearing if you don’t want to lug a stroller through the airport. Great tips!

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Great idea! My boy is too heavy for me so my back would be hurting lol

  6. September 21, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I don’t have children but my brother has twin boys age 7 and a nearly 3 year old girl, they went on a family holiday abroad last summer and said the same.. the trolley saved their lives! Great advice for people travelling with children

  7. Ania Travels
    September 21, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Very useful stuff. I don’t have kids but I could imagine how difficult it might be to travel with a baby especially solo. These are great tips.

  8. September 21, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Good read! I’ve never flown with my son as an infant but we’ve taken many road trips and it is def a learning experience. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tiffany
    September 21, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    These were great tips and some I hadn’t thought of. The thought of traveling alone with my little one is overwhelming so this was very helpful!

  10. September 22, 2017 / 10:41 am

    This is such a good and extremely helpful post, for those flying solo. I wish I had read this when my daughter was young and we went on our first solo trip.

  11. September 22, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Wow! Great tips for moms that are travelling. I am not a mom myself, but it is good to know these things in advance! Never thought it could be so complicated, but the calling the airline ahead seems like a good idea!

  12. September 22, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I’ve always been reluctant to travel alone with the kids, but this post has shown me that it is possible. Thank you so much for writing such an inspiring post 🙂

    Louise x

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      All you need to be is prepared and organized! We are super moms!

  13. September 23, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I had no idea about the bassinet. That would be amazing for Moms. Flying with kids is already hard enough, this list will help many im sure.

  14. Yukti
    September 24, 2017 / 12:46 am

    Nice tips on how to travel solo with a baby. Some airlines are very supportive and some are not so better to be prepared before. Not to over carry the baby bag is useful.

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Less is always better! For sure

  15. September 24, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Not gonna lie, I have a two year old and I am terrified to travel with her! Lol. These are definitely some great tips that I can try to use though. Thank you!

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      no need to be terrified ! My baby is under 1 lol please use these tips and book a trip!!

  16. September 24, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Great tips. I love traveling so I think that even when I have a baby I will not stop traveling.

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      yes! you do not need to stop traveling, it may be a littler harder but its doable! thank you for reading!

  17. September 24, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you travelled with an infant. Wonderful tips. My sister in law would love this tips as she is planning to travel with an infant

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      I had no choice girl! please share with your sister 🙂 Thank you for reading <3

  18. September 25, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I never knew that airlines have bassinets! Have you been able to get one before? Traveling with a child is definitely exhausting, but it’s good to know that there are ways to make it a bit easier.

    • Hadassah
      September 26, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      yes maam! but it is first come first serve. Since i had brought the carseat with me, i had no need for it. Thank you for reading sis!

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