in the few 5 months that we have had Briton in our family we have been able to take 3 trips to NJ. Having two toddlers and a newborn I have had lots of questions and requests for tips and tricks when it comes to traveling while being outnumbered with babies.
All good things are planned. I am not a scheduled person, but I am a planner.
I pack the kids and myself three days prior. Leaving out one pair of shoes and a couple pairs of clothes that will coordinate with them along with the appropriate amount of pjs. I will do a quick load of laundry before we leave, or the clothes I left out were clothes that were not joining us on the vaca.
Since having three kids 4 and under, they all share one large suitcase now. And they each have their own personalized Pottery Barn Kids monogrammed carryon. We let the kids pack their own carryons , with a lot of guidance 🙂 The carryons are filled with a pair of pjs, art supplies, books, toys, snacks, headphones, sunglasses, chapstick, iPads and empty water bottles. We will then have the kids sit on their carry ons and we will pull them through the airport by their handles.
We travel with our Bugaboo Donkey and have the JR. X Ryder universal seat attachment. We use the Stokke stroller bag and check our stroller, the toddlers carseats, we gate check the infant seat, along with all our other luggage curbside.
My husband will take a carryon and all the ID’s. I always wear comfortable shoes and an outfit that I can easily nurse my baby in. We always get two rows next to one another. My husband will sit between the two toddlers and I will sit on the aisle seat holding my baby and next to one of the tots.
It is always an event and an adventure traveling with the kiddos. But my number one piece of advice is make sure your spouse and you are on the same wave length the whole time. We have reached the level where we can read each other now. We read each others body language and are on it. For instance when Briton starts acting hungry Dallin grabs a blanket tosses me a water and in 5 seconds I’m nursing. Another example Dallin being in the middle seat, and I in the aisle, when one of the kids need something from the overhead bins I will give Briton to Dallin and I will get it. Same thing when someone needs to go to the bathroom or a diaper change I will do it, again hand over the baby while Dallin gets me all the supplies. When it comes to ordering food from the flight attendants I’ll do the honors while Dallin is getting out the credit card and then helps situate the toddlers when their food arrives.
The only way flying is enjoyable is because we plan, prepare, and are a team. We have the common goal of having an enjoyable experience and having the people around us have one as well. What I have learned in motherhood is that everything takes forethought. And therefore everything works out.
*Forethought- careful consideration of what will be necessary or may happen in the future.
Kids can be a drag or a delight it all depends on your attitude and how much preparation you take to make the journey smooth.
I am byfar not a perfect parent but I will say with the help of my husband we have a pretty good thing going when it comes to flying cross country for hours and weeks at a time with our little ones.
If you have any additional questions please let me know 🙂