Ask the Domestic Life Stylist: Travel Tips for Flying Solo with a Baby

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I am getting ready to travel with my baby solo for the first time and to say that I am nervous is putting it “lightly”. Do you have any best practices or tips for traveling with a baby? I know that I am probably overreacting but I feel like it is justified. Help! 

Molly, New New Jersey

Travel Tips for Flying Solo With a Baby

Traveling with a baby can be a nerve racking experience especially if you are doing it alone. Here are some things you can do make both your travel experiences as smooth as possible.

Get Some Rest

The night before your flight, both you and your baby need as much rest as possible. That means no staying up late the night before doing any last minute packing. Set a deadline for yourself for packing and be done with it. Items like diapers, wipes, sippy cups and changing pads should be packed from the night before.

Other things that you will need in the morning can be tossed into your carry-on bag before you hit the door. By the way, make it easy on yourself and carry a larger handbag that can double as your diapers bag. Put in things like snacks (for you and baby), pacifiers, toys, nursing cover, baby bottle, items for diaper changing and anything else you may need.

Pack Light

It’s a thin line between being prepared and over packing. Therefore, save some space where you can. For example taking an infant carrier on your trip instead of a stroller is a great way to save space and minimize unnecessary bulk.

See: How to Travel light with Young Kids

Ask for Help

Whether it be paying a baggage handler to help check in your bags or asking an on-board flight attendant to hold your baby briefly while you use the bathroom, airline staff is there to help. As a matter of fact, flight attendants often willingly offer assistance when they notice a parent traveling alone with a little one. Take advantage of family boarding that airlines like Southwest have which allow families with young children to board the aircraft early. Etihad airlines even offers a flying nanny service on long flights.

The point is, you are not alone even if you think you are. Most passengers are quite helpful if you ask politely. I once heard of a plane passenger offering her lap so that the lady next to her could let her little boy stretch out to sleep.

So take a few deep breaths and start packing… your journey awaits.


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1 Thailand Hotels August 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

This is very comprehensively nice piece of information. I will have to keep these in mind. Going on vacation is all about having fun, but poor planning can ruin your trip before you get to your destination.


2 Lexi August 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

Those are great tips. I’ve never been brave enough to fly with one of my children and I don’t know that I would want to do it alone.


3 Lisa August 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I definitely wouldn’t choose to do it alone either. Two pairs of hands are always better than one.


4 anne August 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

Excellent feature and helpful advice.


5 Meagan bs August 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

these seem like good tips, thank goodness i’ve never had to fly with a baby


6 vickie couturier August 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

thanks for some good tips,I may be doing some traveling with one of my grandchidren


7 Lisa August 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I’m glad it’s just one. Hope it’s a success story.


8 Angela Saver August 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Those are some great tips! I have never flown alone with my children, but these tips would certainly help a parent who had to.


9 Nancy August 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

I once hear this quip : There are two ways to travel – first class or with children. These helpful suggestions would make flying with a baby a bit easier.


10 Caitlin McClure August 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Great tips, thanks! I’m not great at asking for help sometimes


11 mrsshukra August 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I’m sharing these tips with my friends!


12 DEBIJOT August 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I never had to fly alone when the children were babies, but these are great tips.


13 Jessica Medina August 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Great tips. Traveling light is a must do for me!


14 anne hill August 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

packing light is a great tip!


15 Rebecca Parsons August 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I’m glad I have never had to do this but these are great tips in case I ever do.


16 Barbara Platt August 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

I was a teenager and flew overseas with a baby alone so I know how to handle that one


17 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

More power to anyone who travels especially on an airplane with a baby!


18 Christina G. August 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

I’ve had good and bad experiences flying with babies. Thanks for these tips.


19 katklaw777 August 31, 2014 at 3:57 am

I’ve never experienced flying with a child…thanks for the tips.


20 Jill Myrick September 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

This would be a great article for my oldest daughter who will soon be traveling with our new grandbaby. Here are some great tips here for her to follow.



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