"When can she fly?"
Summer tends to be a busy travel time for my family, so once Chris and I knew when BSparl was arriving, we started researching "traveling with babies." We consulted different books, some websites, and asked around our collection of family members. We also spoke with our pediatrician at her first appointment - and we asked her a ton of questions of all kinds.
"When should we expect her to start sleeping through the night?"
"Does she like us?"
"Should she be taking some sort of vitamin supplement?"
"Why is her poop, like, electric yellow?"
"When will she start crawling?"
"How do we get her to stop smiling when she eats, because it makes it hard for her to latch on?"
"Does she know we don't have a clue what we're doing?"
But the question that always made me laugh was this one: "When can she fly?"
As though she was going to sprout wings and start flapping.
But apparently BSparl gets her wings next Monday, as the full Team Sparling travels to Florida for the Roche Summit and a few days of the CWD conference.
And I have no clue how to truly travel with a little baby.
As far as BSparl's safety and immunity goes, her pediatrician is completely fine with us traveling so soon. BSparl has had her first round of vaccinations and we're breastfeeding, so her immune system is ready for travel. But am I? I'm a nervous traveling as it is, and the idea of planning for all my diabetes stuff and now BSparl's needs makes me feel like I'm certain to forget something.
So I would love some advice, if you have any. What are some tricks for keeping a two and a half month old baby happy and content on a plane ride? How do you pack for four days with an infant in tow? What toys might keep her happy and quiet? How can we keep the rest of the passengers from hating us? Do airlines have special arrangements for teeny kids? Is it true that breastfeeding is a good way to keep her content and to protect her ears from popping? Do they have baby changing tables in the airplane bathrooms? (Is there even room in there for one of those??) Do you check the carseat as baggage or do you bring it on as a carry-on? I HAVE NO CLUE!!! (And please don't make your advice, "Don't bring the baby.")
If you have traveled with a little kid before and you have some sage advice, please, pass it along. I'm still figuring this mommy stuff out and I can use all the help I can get!!