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  1. Mimi says:

    I’ve been travelling with my baby since she was six weeks old, and we’re currently doing a three month, multi-country/continent trip, so I’ve learned a few things.

    1. Even though you are allowed to take ice packs for breastmilk, not every security agent knows this. I had to toss two ice packs when leaving France for Rome, because the agent insisted on telling me that the ice packs were only allowed for medication. I then pointed out that the milk would spoil and why would we be allowed to bring breastmilk that would spoil. I’m fluent in French, so I wore him down. I recommend going on the website for the travel advisory section of the government for whichever country you will be transiting through and print the list that shows what you can bring.

    2. Nurse your baby during take off and landing, especially landing, to help with their little ears adjusting to the change in pressure.

    3. Babies who were champion stroller nappers will quickly decide that napping is for losers once they realise that they’re somewhere new and exciting, especially when people keep coming up to coo at them and tell them how beautiful they are. This almost never happened to me in the States, but oItnce I touched European soil, it was baby season.

    4. Try and schedule flights that take off/last for the duration of baby’s usual sleep schedule in order to ensure a peaceful flight for yourself and everyone else on board. This meant that I take several flights that take off around 6 a.m. Not only are these early flights less expensive, but my daughter was only up when I woke her to feed her and change her, fell asleep in the car, and sleeps until we land in our new destination.

    5. In the U.S., you can wear your baby in a baby carrier through security, but you cannot in Europe. Don’t put your baby in the carrier until you get through security, especially if s/he is sleeping.

    6. If your stroller is a travel system, you will have to check the carseat and stroller base onto the flight for most domestic airlines in Europe. They only allow one piece at the gate. Have no fear! Strollers and car seats are given VIP status in Europe. They are boarding last on the flight, are given special care as they make their way through the airport, and they do not get unload onto the conveyor belt with the suitcases, so no banging around. Someone puts the strollers on a cart and wheels them into the airport and leaves them either at the conveyor belt or in the area that is designated for oversized luggage. Similarly, you do not send them to the plane the usual way. You leave them at oversized luggage, and they are wheeled through the airport. Just buy a travel bag for them.

    7. My daughter sleeps through every flight, because, knowing that our lives will be filled with airplane travel, I selected the “airplane” white noise option in my white noise app for her. She wakes up once we get off the plane. You might want to try this trick a few weeks before you leave.

    8. If you have a layover in Switzerland, visit the family room. They have a huge play/eating area for toddlers and young child (with areas for you to cook food for your child) in every terminal as well as a nursing room that comes with at least two bassinets and two cribs, plush toys (lovies), blankets that are washed after each use, etc. for napping between flights. Basically, it’s a dream house for parents who are traveling.

    • Danielle says:

      @Mimi Thanks so much for this wonderful information, Mimi! I’m sure other families will really appreciate it!

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