Flying solo….with a baby ✈️ 

One of the things I miss the most about my pre-baby life is the ability to get up and go, be it a drive, a rail ride or a flight. I’ve always been a wanderer and since I don’t want that to stop anytime soon, I’ve decided to keep it going with a baby in tow.

However, with his dad working, I’m embracing some solo adventures with the cherub. We all know travelling can be stressful enough, but if you’re doing it with a toddler, there’s so much more to think about.

Last month I had my first solo travel experience with His Royal Highness and I am actually glad that I took the plunge. It felt like a personal achievement more than anything else.

Although I’m no expert (yet) on travelling with a baby, here are some tips based on my experience;

Timing – Timing is key, before any sort of travel, be it flight, train, car, I always line it up around his lunch or naps. The last thing anyone wants is an overtired, hungry passenger. With flights to Europe it’s easier to time the afternoon nap to occur during the short flight.

Packing – Pre-child I never really gave packing much thought, I’d always overpack never really knowing what I might need while I’m away. My advice post-child would be to PACK LIGHT, easier said than done I know but your arms will thank you for it. I managed to cram everything into a cabin luggage sized suitcase and a backpack. I checked in the cabin luggage with the stroller so it kept my hands free.

Sling/Carrier – Fortunately, I’m still able to carry him on me, so I found having him in my Manduca carrier a great relief. A backpack with a sling/carrier is a must, can’t recommend one enough, the balance with the backpack on my back and baby on front was perfect, everything felt a lot easier.

Entertainment – Keep it simple, there’s always a fear of boredom so it’s easy to get carried away and pack several toys for the journey. Depending on ages they really don’t need much. I packed one book and one toy, and I needn’t have bothered as the aeroplane seat and side pockets kept him entertained. When that failed the magazines and passengers seemed to interest my inquisitive one year old.

Hydrate – I can’t stress the importance of this, nothing worse than feeling dizzy with a baby attached, it’s easy to forget what our body needs when we’re looking after a little one. Always carry a bottle, if space is an issue use one of those travel foldable bottles which can attach to a rucksack with the clip.

Priority boarding- If your airline offers priority boarding or extra legroom at a reasonable cost, take it. Not only is it great for your legs but also a good place to let the little one explore, safely of course.

Kindness – Finally, never  underestimate the kindness of strangers, I had many people including flight staff, offering to help throughout my journey. Although it was manageable as I packed light, it’s still nice to know that there are a lot of genuine helpers out there.

Well those are my basic, but helpful (I hope) tips.

I’m looking forward to more travelling so if you have any recommendations for new adventures or any travel tips, do let me know. 🙂

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16 Comments

  1. December 8, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Great tips! The more you travel with kids the easier it gets and the more in tune they get.

    • December 12, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      I sure hope so 🙂

  2. December 10, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I used to drive long distance with toddlers. My secret weapon was an in car dvd system with a screen each!

    • December 10, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      I find long distance driving with a toddler so difficult, I must invest into a DVD system or an iPad holder. 😀

  3. December 10, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Well done for doing the solo trip, it’s definitely rewarding! And yes to the kindness of others, it makes or breaks the whole experience!

    • December 10, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you, yes I agree. You get some really helpful people. Xx

  4. December 10, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    There are some great tips here and well done for flying solo with a baby. Claire x

  5. December 11, 2017 / 11:49 am

    You are very brave this is something I could not have done with mine when they were little, great tips here x

    • December 11, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you, I surprised myself to be fair. I doubt I could do it if there was more than one though. Haha. x

  6. December 11, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    We have travelled many times with two young kids so we know exactly how you felt, great post Riz

    • December 11, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Travelling with two, I salute you! :))

  7. December 11, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Fab tips here! I have yet to brave this with my kids but I think packing light would definitely be key to coping x #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. December 18, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    These are all great tips! I find having a carrier very useful too #fearlessfamtrav

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