As you know I frequent between Texas and the UK quite a lot, but now that I have a baby it's no longer a case of enjoying a glass or 4 on a plane while watching movies back to back... it's a challenge of managing a frustrated baby, whilst trying not to disturb fellow flyers and also eat and use the loo...!
This month I did my first long haul flight with Thomas and I promised to share my experience with you all, detailing what worked and what didn't work for me.
Firstly, I just need to say... TRAVEL LIGHT. I took waaaaaaaaaay too many things with me through the airport and on the plane I really struggled to cope with the amount of stuff I had. I mean I had like 6 toys, about 20 nappies, 5 bottles and all of it was really uneccessary. I had so many things that I actually even ended up accidently leaving things on the plane. My return flight went a lot smoother because I knew what I did and didn't need this time around.
So first things first.
1. Book your seats early
If you can splash out and get your baby his own seat. For me, that wasn't a luxury I could afford so I made do with taking him as a lap infant which can get difficult if your baby is at the age where he just wants to be all over the place exploring, climbing, touching and grabbing everything etc. I was extremely lucky that both times I flew with BA the seat next to me was empty so Thomas had space to wriggle around. Most airlines will also provide a cot or a baby seat for your baby which sits in front of you. This is a God send (if your baby is a good sleeper or a generally relaxed child) this never really works for me because Thomas screams after being in it for more than 15 minutes and will absolutely right sleep every time we fly so it just sucks for me but oh well I've seen it work for many parents.