Flying With Baby: What to Pack for the Plane

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Flying With Baby: What to Pack for the Plane
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Traveling with an infant is never easy, but packing up few carefully selected items can make flying with your baby doable, and with a little luck, possibly even fun.

Lots of Diapers and Wipes
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Lots of Diapers and Wipes

This may seem obvious, but make sure you pack way more diapers and wipes than you think you'll need just in case there are extra blowouts or a delay on the runway. "Always pack three more than you think you will need. Delays happen," advised Keryn Means, founder of family travel blog Walking on Travels. A portable changing pad is recommended as well because everyone knows how gross those airplane bathrooms can be.

Related: Keryn Means, Walking on Travels

Plenty of Pacifiers
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Plenty of Pacifiers

One way to help relieve the pain in your baby's ears from the changing pressure is to give him something to suck on, so make sure to bring a pacifier if your baby takes them -- and bring multiples. Another tip to prevent ear pain is to nurse or bottle feed at take-off and initial descent. Just don't start too early, warned the website Hither and Thither's Ashley Bruhn, since "planes can taxi for what feels like an eternity."

Related: Ashley Bruhn, Hither and Thither

Extra Bottles and Formula
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Extra Bottles and Formula

With plane travel these days, you never know how long it may be delayed. Pack either ready-to-feed or powdered formula in easy-to-dispense containers. Just remember with the ready-to-feed version that you'll have to declare these at security since they are considered liquids. Also, don't forget to buy a bottle of water after going through security so you have something to mix the formula with. And no one wants to clean a bottle in an airplane sink, so make sure you have plenty of extra bottles in your carry-on.

Changes of Clothes
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Changes of Clothes

Don't assume you'll be immune to a major blowout. "We always used the change of clothes we’d brought with us for baby – diaper fails being a standard for us whenever it’s inconvenient," said Corinne McDermott of the website Have Baby Will Travel. Pack at least three full outfits -- you don't want to be stuck on a tiny plane when your baby soils her last onesie. And don't forget to pack an extra outfit or two for yourself, just in case your baby's fluids travel onto Mommy as well.

Related: Corinne McDermott, Have Baby Will Travel

Baby Carrier
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Baby Carrier

Going through the airport is so much easier with a baby carrier. Most airports won't even make you remove the baby from the carrier when you go through security, and having your hands-free for all the luggage you'll be toting is priceless. And once on the plane, some parents claim success at getting their baby to sleep by wearing him in the baby carrier and walking up and down the aisles.

Nursing Pillow
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Nursing Pillow

Whether you're breast-feeding or not, make sure you and your baby are comfortable for the long haul. Having a nursing pillow is super handy for not only feeding (bottle or breast), but also is a comfy place for your baby to rest if you didn't buy her a seat.

Baby's Birth Certificate
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Baby's Birth Certificate

While many airlines won't ask for any ID for a baby that looks under the age of 2, it's always better to be safe than sorry -- especially if your baby's last name doesn't match yours or if your baby looks bigger than his actual age.

Essential Medication
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Essential Medication

If your baby takes any medication you don't want to risk losing in checked baggage, pack it, and then some, in your carry-on. If it's a prescription medication, pack the prescription itself as well, just in case you need to get a refill at your destination. "[And] don't forget to write dosing information on the bottle and separate any liquids into your ziplock," suggested Debbie Dubrow of family travel site Delicious Baby.

Related: Debbie Dubrow, Delicious Baby

Toys and More
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Toys and More

Depending on the age of your baby, a few well-selected toys go a long way in keeping her entertained during a long flight. Means suggests bringing blocks in a plastic container and a few board books. Young babies will even go for something as simple as a crinkly paper bag, so get creative.

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