For our big trip to Philadelphia for my little brother’s wedding this weekend, I decided it would be best if Brinky and I flew there. My wonderful dad was willing to drive my two girls and my nephew up there to help me cut down on the expense of flying my family to Philly, so it was just me and Brinky heading to Raleigh for a plane ride.
The smartest things I did on my trip with an 18-month-old:
- I sent all of our luggage up with my dad, so I only had to carry a backpack with essentials like diapers since I thought we might need some of those.
- I packed some goldfish and a sippy cup for the plane ride. Those goldfish were doled out one at a time so it took a good chunk of our time.
- I used my Ergo carrier. I would go so far as to say that I couldn’t have survived this trip without my Ergo. I’ve used it so much since Brinky was 4 months old and it didn’t fail me on this trip with a 30 pound toddler. I carried him on the front and my backpack on the back and we were set to go. He’s also generally calmer in the carrier, so he took several naps in it throughout the weekend when there was so much activity around us.
- I flew Southwest and picked our seat – a window seat – so he could enjoy looking out the window.
If I were flying anywhere that required more than a 1 1/2 hour flight, I would pay for a separate seat and use the car seat. There were points on the short flight I know it would have been easier if he weren’t squirming around on my lap – and without enough elbow room to avoid hitting the person unfortunate enough to be sitting beside us. But overall, I would say that flying with Brinky actually went better than I expected.
A few phone pictures I snuck during our airport experience – none on the plane because I wasn’t coordinated enough to hold on to him and try to take pictures without hitting someone:
Heading into the airport with my trusty Ergo holding my baby and my backpack on my back (that you can’t quite see because I’m not good at taking these types of pictures and walking).
Settling in for a snack once we learned there would be a one hour delay for our flight.
Such excitement when I revealed my Kindle Fire with a few episodes of his best friend Dora available for viewing.
This was kind of a failure. I let him hold the Kindle Fire, and he was so happy to be holding and touching Dora. But that meant he kept starting and stopping the show since it’s touch-screen, so this didn’t last for very long. It would have been easier to have a device that would let him watch, but not interrupt. We didn’t end up watching much Dora.
Once things got a little crazier, I strapped him back into the Ergo and rocked him and he went to sleep before it was time to board the plane. He stayed asleep through the boarding line, but he woke up when I had to unstrap him and attempt to buckle myself into the seat without waking him up.
Enjoying an airport McDonald’s lunch before the return flight.
Sitting in his seat like such a good baby boy and playing with his toys while we waited for our plane.