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How to Prepare When Flying with a Baby

At 8months-ish, baby V has taken her first plane ride and set her tiny bum in Taiwan! We are back home (in one piece, without pulling out our hair, fortunately, hahaha), and many friends and readers have been asking about our trip (also my first post-partum holiday, yippee!), so the first installation will cover the prep works. Yes, it’s not just the two of us anymore; packing for 3 is a different ball game altogether.

The plan was to scale Taichung –> Cing Jing –> Taipei, 2 nights at each place. So we had to ensure that there was enough of everything for the next 7 days. Bearing in mind that products are never always exactly the same across the globe (they are usually localized or are completely different), so to play safe, make sure there is sufficient of what is needed.

Packing the luggage to travel with baby

This was probably one of the most nerve-wrecking packing exercises that had us checking and rechecking on baby V’s items for fear of leaving out something. Basically, this sharpens one’s brains for organizational skills and strategizing, if you think of it. HA!

Tips: Use zipper bags to group baby’s items together. We used a jumbo size for larger items such as towels and clothes and a smaller size for handy items such as toiletries.

Here’s how we categorized them with 1 zipper bag each:
– clothes (remember to bring spares!)
– toiletries including baby shampoo/shower foam (use a travel size 2in1 to bring lesser items), body lotion, eczema creams, Ruyi oil, hair brush, bottom balm
– hankies + bath towels
– pyjamas
– socks and hats
– diapers
– thermometer
– medication (e.g. Koolfever patch, paracetamol etc)
– gripe water and sippy cup (without zipper bags, as shown in pic below. Basically just squeeze in any visible corner.)
– portable fan (without zipper bags, in the end we put this in the diaper bag)
– detergent for baby clothes (if you’re planning to reuse something, this is important. And for those times when clothes are stained with poop!)
– cleanser for bottles, if applicable
– baby’s spoon, bowl
– disposable bibs
– fresh boiled water from home – in bottles for baby

Baby’s stuff on the right side, whilst Hub and I shared the left section! Almost couldn’t close it…
All that for a little baby!

Preparing a diaper bag for the family holiday

Yup, basically this is for the father to lug, for which I’m grateful for (are you reading this, Hub???), so, he opted to use his Deuter haversack instead of our usual diaper bag.

With a different orientation and compartments, once again, some planning was involved. Again, using zipper bags, these are the items to prepare (yes, as if the earlier list ain’t enough..)

– diapers (to replenish for each day)
– extra clothes + hat + baby’s sweater (for the plane rides/cold weather etc) + baby’s sunblock (we used Mustela bebe)
– milk bottle + formula container + thermal flask with hot water + bottle of cooled water (omit these if baby will be breastfed – we brought along as backup)
– wet wipes + tissue
– portable fan
– nursing cover
– baby carrier (we fit this in its own handy bag instead of ziplock bags
– baby biscuits/snacks
– baby’s toys (small handy ones)

What is the best flight timing when traveling with a baby?

We took the noon flight – would have otherwise picked the earlier one so we could reach our destination ahead to chiong, but, bye-bye single days! Also, we didn’t want to disrupt her sleep by pulling her out of bed that early, so a noon flight was our best bet. With a baby in tow, seats with bassinets are usually allocated plus the leg room comes as a godsend too.

Tips for parents: choose a suitable flight timing to coincide with your baby’s naptime so they can (hopefully) catch some sleep and so can you!

Things to bring out of the diaper bag when seated in the plane

I’ve intentionally created this list so that it makes it more convenient without having to fumble with a scenario: diaper bag is at the overhead compartment-baby fussing/crying-cabin crew asking you to put on your seat belt and get seated/neighboring passengers giving you that stare-your wife telling you to hurry up. Okay, I think you get the drift.

– baby’s sweater + socks (if she’s not already wearing them)
– baby’s biscuits/snacks
– nursing cover
– wet wipes/tissue
– toys
– water

You must be wondering where on earth should we put all those stuff?

Well, we basically squeezed them into the pockets in front of our seat. Note that the bassinet is only installed after the plane has taken off; prior to take-off, the baby will be strapped on with an infant seat belt that’s strapped onto an adult. Baby can then sleep in the bassinet during the flight, however, when the seat belt sign is lit in cases of turbulence, the child must be taken out from the bassinet and strapped back on with the infant seat belt.

If you’ve been following us for some time now, you’d already know that baby Vera doesn’t do well with naps, so here’s what happened during the flight.

Playpen, a few thousand miles up in the sky!

Always ensure that the child is never left unattended. Close supervision is required when the child is in the bassinet. Baby V pretty much stayed in there for max. 15mins.

Throughout the journey to Taipei, she had a 1hr and another 30min nap + nurse session. Nursing mums, time to train those biceps first!

Tips for nursing mums: It’s the best time to nurse your baby during take-off and landing as the swallowing action will help baby from getting ear blocks/ache. If your bub nurses to sleep (like Vera!), then you’ll be a happy mum for a while… until the Kraken stirs…. heh…

Tips for parents: Certain lavatories come with a diaper changing station too (look out for the signs, didn’t realize it before we become parents. HA!) It’s basically a horizontal board that comes down and calls for some quick diapering skills in those tight spaces! Baby food/toddler meals are served if requested during check-in. For SQ, we were given Gerber’s jar food, which can be warmed up upon request.

Alright, that’s about all for the leg works, we hope you’re not too overwhelmed and that these packing lists for traveling with our baby will come in handy. Look out for the upcoming articles on our Taiwan Escapade!

15 comments

  1. We normally only pack enough diapers and milk powder for a day or 2 and buy when arrived. We don’t pack towels too. Just traveling light for us (daddy, mummy & now 2 y/o twin boys).

    1. Hello Chris! Oh, packing light is great especially with 2 bubs! Vera has abit of eczema so we are worried that the bleach/detergent used for those hotel towels. Oh well, hopefully we can reduce the stuff to lug around for our next trip haha! Merry Christmas to you and your twinnies! How nice :)

    1. No worries, hope it’s been useful!

      Yes, we brought our own boiled water and filled them into mineral bottles (500ml). We probably estimated 1 bottle for each day, so for Taiwan, we brought around 7 and for Penang, we brought 4 bottles. Do pack them with the luggage and check them in Hope this helps :)

  2. Hi mummy, may i know can we bring the thermal bottle with warm water n board the plane? Cos i knew that we are not allowed to bring liquid with more than 100ml but not sure about water for baby’s formula.

    1. Hi mummy Jas! Yes, we’ve brought both hot water in a thermal flask and room temperature water in a water bottle onboard before without any issues. They are usually more understanding with a baby in tow though :) Hope this helps!

    1. Hi mummy Ellen! We’ve gone through several tubs and tubes to help with Vera’s eczema… some off-the-shelf ones include California Baby’s Calendula Cream and Aloe Vera Cream, as well as doctors-prescribed ones with steroids. If your child’s skin condition is persistent, might wish to get it diagnosed by a doctor or skin specialist so as to curb it. Hope this helps and take care :)

  3. Hi mummy! :)

    Understand that upon taking off, it is gd for lo to swollow sth, etc..
    What if lo is sleeping, will it still affect their ear pressure and will they sudden cry/wake up?

    1. Hi there! Sorry, i’ve missed this.
      We were on a holiday recently with our baby and toddler in tow :) When baby is asleep, the ear pressure does not affect them; at least not for both my kids :) How old is your LO? My toddler was awake during take-off and landing during our recent trip, and she was okay too, no complaints of aches or discomfort. It may vary with individuals. Hope this helps!

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