Our first family trip to San Diego!! Cruz was only 12 weeks old and was such an angel on both flights. Although our flight was only an hour I hope that these tips will help you when you travel with your baby!
Flight with Cruz
• Left our house at 8:45pm
• Arrived at Phoenix Airport at 9:15pm
• Went straight to Southwest desk to check in bags
– You’re allowed 2 checked bags and a carry on per person
– 3 Checked bags: a bag for Mommy, Cruzy and Papi
– 2 Carry ons: diaper bag and stroller+carseat combo
– Front desk lady had to see our ID’s (obviously) and Cruz’s birth certificate to verify baby is under 2 years old (babies under 2 fly free but have to sit in lap)
• Security check: Had to take out Cruz and hold her. I had the choice of opting out (Cruz & I having to get padded down) or going through metal detector. I chose the metal detector because it seemed wayyy too involved/time consuming to opt out. We had to put her car seat and stroller on the conveyor belt. This was where we lost one of her pacifiers ughhh.
• Arrived at the gate at 9:50pm. I asked the Southwest lady at the gate to tag ‘Claim at gate’ our carseat and stroller separately (see the yellow tags below).
• Boarding: We got to board with the family group which is after A group before B group on Southwest.
• Seats on plane: we got a window and middle seat. I sat by the window so that I could face the it and somewhat breastfeed in private, with a breastfeeding cover of course.
•Bring 3-4 pacifiers – Somehow we lost 2 pacifiers on this trip!!
•Diapers, wipes, burp cloth, extra onesie – Didn’t use any of these because it was only a one hour flight to San Diego but you can never be too careful.
•Snacks for Mommy – CLIF bar, string cheese, trail mix, dried fruit, Justin’s peanut butter cup. Breastfeeding and exercising is no joke, I’m hungry AF all the time!
•Carseat cover & blanket – I used a light swaddle blanket to cover Cruz in her carseat and a warmer blanket for the flight.
•Water bottle – Mommy’s got to stay hydrated!
•Bring breastmilk bottle – There’s no limit on the amount of breastmilk according to Southwest Airlines (the 3oz limit DOES NOT apply to medication, formula, milk, or baby food).
•Breastfeeding cover – Even though I had a breastmilk bottle I was still prepared to breastfeed on the flight. I made sure to get a seat next to the window so that I could somewhat breastfeed in private.
•First flight certificate for baby book – Ask a stewardess about this! You’ll get these tiny wings + certificate.
•To help pop baby’s ears during flight – 10-15 minutes before take off and landing I fed Cruz with the bottle/boob or her pacifier to help pop her ears. Basically your baby just needs to be sucking something.
Tips before the trip
•Checklist – make a checklist of what you need otherwise it gets overwhelming
Few must-have items we brought: breast pump, bottle warmer, baby carrier, Fisher Price Rock N’ Play Sleeper, tons of diapers (if you have the room), lots of onesies
•Pack few days before flight – I waited until the day of the trip and I was so stressed!