Motherhood, TRAVEL

Traveling with a Baby on the Plane

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Despite being prepared in packing everything I needed to travel with a baby during winter, I was still very nervous for this 10 hour plane ride! You never know what can happen on a long flight … Will she cry the entire way? How will she sleep? Will others be annoyed? Now this post is NOT about what to pack for your babies on the plane. I could go on forever with this topic, and will be doing a separate post about this but here are a few tips and tricks that worked for us about actually being on a plane with a baby!

1. Bassinet
Always ask for a seat with a bassinet if the option is available. This was a lifesaver as we were able to put her to sleep in it, even though she was too tall for it! (#tallbabyproblems) When she was not sleeping in it, we were able to use it as storage for all of her toys, diapers, milk, etc. We also noticed that there were tons of other parents with babies in this row because it’s the only row you can request for a bassinet. It’s great because Chloe was able to play with the other kids on the plane.

2. Toys
Pack a carry-on with lots of new toys that your baby has never seen and a few old favorites. Every hour we would bring out a new toy that Chloe had never seen because it would get her excited and distract her for a while. I went to stock up the day before we flew out (some of you might have seen it on my snapchat) and bought a bunch of small sized travel toys for her.

3. iPad
Download your baby’s favorite cartoon or song on your iPad or iPhone. We rarely let Chloe watch TV or play with an iPad at home, but you have to be prepared for the worst moments on the plane. There is one song in particular that Chloe loves and ALWAYS puts her in a good mood. We didn’t have to use the iPad on the flight to Paris but on the way back it was a different story. We let her watch her favorite song on the iPad for about 5-10 minutes, which instantly calmed her down in midst of her breakdown.

4. Blankets & Creature Comforts
Bring a blanket and a doll that your baby sleeps with at home. This is something I always do when we leave the house or are traveling a long distance. It brings s a sense of comfort and familiarity to an unknown place. We always carry around her favorite baby bear doll along with this soft blue blanket that she’s been sleeping with since she was born. This is also very helpful when you are staying at a new location or hotel.

5. Snacks
Pack a bag of her favorite snacks, fruit, and food in a jar. Plane food can be hit or miss (even for adults) and you just never know what’s in it! It’s always safer to bring your own food on the plane. Chloe has been teething a lot this entire week and it was particularly hard for her on this trip to eat solids. We packed everything from applesauce to canned purées, bananas and all of her favorite snacks that she eats at home.

6. Make Friends
Whether you’re in business or economy, familiarize your baby with your neighbors. We always go around introducing Chloe to our surrounding seatmates, so that way if she has a meltdown, they will sympathize instead of hating on you. And I’ve learned if your baby has a meltdown on the plane, so be it! Don’t worry about others… They might get a bit annoyed but most people will understand. I’ve noticed on long international flights there are plenty of parents and families so they totally understand what you are going through. Focus on comforting your baby instead of worrying about other people.

7. Let Them Move Around
Let your baby crawl/walk up and down the aisles. Chloe is just beginning to walk and she’s super active. If we try to make her sit in one area for a long time she gets very fussy so we allowed her to crawl and walk up and down the aisles and say hello to the other passengers. We obviously kept baby hand sanitizer with us at all times. We were also lucky enough to be flying on one of the largest airplanes on Air France and there was a back area where passengers can stand and stretch. We were probably at the back of the plane for half the time because she was able to move around more back there.

8. Know Your Rights
You don’t have to fly business or first class to get the best of everything. I can’t speak too much about how every airline is like, but I have been flying Delta for as long as I can remember (even pre-baby). When you check-in they always allow parents/families traveling with babies (0-2 years old) to cut the line and check in the priority line. Same thing with security, you’re usually allowed you to cut the lines and enter through the priority line, which speeds up the process immensely. On Delta they will always allow parents traveling with babies pre-board … Even before first class or business.

Although I was very anxious about the plane ride, I’m really glad that I just bit the bullet and did it anyway because at the end of the day, I got to experience Paris with my baby girl! On one of our last days in Paris we went to the La Marais, where we had the most amazing falafel and I got to stock up on my scents. Paris with Chloe was unforgettable, and I’m so glad that we got to roam the streets of Paris in matching outfits, as cheesy as it is!

For any new mommas out there anxious about taking your baby on a long plane ride .. don’t be! The reward is so much more worth it. & for my more experienced mommas, if you have on board tricks, please leave them in the comments below!

& Wishing you all a happy Lunar New Year!

31 Comments
  • Biance says:

    It is easy for you because you have a nanny and you have your team. try traveling by yourself.

  • Sakina says:

    Thank you so much for the tips! I think we’ll be traveling soon and using Delta because of your post.

    Do you no longer use Jana Williams for photography? I think I’ve seen at least one other name too over the years, like you have a couple to choose from or you use them in rotation or something. Interested to know if that’s a blogger thing to do that.

  • Irene B says:

    Chloè is simply adorable! And you are such an inspiration Chriselle 😀

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  • We did a 24 hour flight with our daughter when she was about the same age and it worked perfectly fine. The bassinets are great!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    You’re definitely on of the bravest mothers I know Chriselle! It’s difficult enough to travel on your own, what with the time difference and the extended hours in a packed space, but taking a baby with you is another story! So incredibly proud of how you managed to do it, and it’s so wonderful that you got to enjoy the beautiful city of Paris with Chloe 🙂 Loving the red cardigan and beanie that she’s sporting! <3 So incredibly adorable!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • sahara says:

    I remembered my brother cried for straight 12 hr in airplane!!! can you imagine?!?!

    xo,

    http://www.sahara-desert.com

  • Irina Bond says:

    Wow, such gorgeous photos and lovely girls. I did a post similar to this too. 🙂

    xo, Irina Bond | BondGirlGlam.com

  • Keri says:

    The pictures are wonderful and great tips! We just came back from a trip not too long ago and traveling with a toddler is not always easy, but when you have everything prepared, it can be a breeze. Having an Ipad with their favorite learning apps or movie is always a win. Great post!
    Keri
    http://www.thestylestudiobykb.com

  • eden says:

    I’m happy to hear that you had a good plane ride. I see so many parents traveling with babies and it always amazing me how well behaved they are on long flights. I guess they have been following your advice 🙂

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  • sanssouci says:

    This post is amazing, loved how you dressed your beautiful little one! Great images!
    http://www.sanssouci.website

  • Sasha says:

    Just wanted to ask you for a mommy and me post of matching outfits, and here it is! Thank you! Love the fact that it’s no super matchy but very well thought-through and all over lovely❤️
    You are so inspiring!
    Wish you all three to go somewhere as great as Paris one day✨

  • Monika says:

    It sounds like you have travelling on a plane with Chloe sorted! Great tips. I will make note of them for future!

    Love,
    http://www.thestyleventure.com

  • Thuy says:

    I died when I saw this scarf and top combo for the first time. I think it was on Instagram? Love the contrast of colours and texture 🙂 I WANT lmao

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

  • Ashley says:

    I’m YEARS away from having a baby, but I had so much fun reading this post! Gonna keep it for future reference. Even if it is in 10 years or more!

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • Polly says:

    Great tips! I didn’t even know there were seats with bassinets. That’s something I’ll have to remember if I plan to travel with my baby.

    Polly
    http://gemsandjoy.com

  • This is so admirable, Chriselle! I love the snaps of Chloe just passed out on the flight and you’re having your own dance party haha <3 It seems so difficult, but you seem to make it look so easy 🙂 xx

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

  • Ujjaini says:

    Though I don’t have a baby but some of my close friends do. They are always petrified of flying with them at that age, and I can understand why. I think one of their biggest fear is during the take off and right after it, when you can not put on your iPad or phone. And I guess the air pressure really troubles the baby and some co-passengers are not so happy to co-operate. SO I think the best thing to do, in situations which is beyond control is to ignore and not feel terrible about it, because firstly none is going to remember 🙂 and secondly the baby should have the first priority!

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  • Xynthia says:

    Thank you for this post! We will fly to the US from Europe this summer with our little son, so these tips might be lifesavers.

  • stephanie says:

    Beautiful photos and chloe is so cute as always! I love your outfit here 🙂

    http://www.stepfromsteph.blogspot.com

  • sasa says:

    hahah Chloe bear is too cute! <3

    Shall We Sasa

  • annie lee says:

    i really love that first two photos of chloe.. she’s such a darling! <3 thanks for sharing these tips chriselle, they may come in handy in the future 😛

  • Alyssa says:

    Such amazing tips! Thanks for sharing your mommy advice with us all. xx

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  • Natali says:

    Amazing photos!! You and Chloe have such a great bond, it’s almost “touchable” through the photos! 🙂

    http://lartoffashion.com

  • christianne says:

    I agree with all of these as i have been travelling with two. And yes, having kids will allow you to cut lines. Thank God for that! So far most airlines gives priority with travellers with kids and wheelchairs. Pretty pictures Chriselle and with this post you made me reminisce our family trip to Paris with my daughter when she was Chloe’s age. Hav a great week ahead!
    Xo. Christianne
    http://Simplychristianne.com

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    A very cute and adorable traveling companion … Such beautiful pictures of a mother and daughter! Fabulous! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

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