1. Pack smart
Less is more. Except when it comes to diapers, food and onesies. You can never have enough of those. Pack them each a new toy, book or game to keep them entertained while you wait. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario: huge delays. The only thing worse than waiting for a delayed flight is waiting for a delayed flight with two fussy babies.
2. Do your research
Make sure you understand your airline’s rules and regulations for traveling with infants to avoid any unwanted surprises before you’ve even set off! Each airline is likely to have different rules, so it’s worth checking each time you book a flight.
3. Wear them
Go hands-free with a baby carrier. This takes the stress off navigating the airport or train station, since you’ll be able to walk around freely without the worry of negotiating crowds with a double stroller. Plus, it’s said that babies worn in slings are happier babies!
4. Book flights around nap times
If possible, coordinate your flight with your babies’ nap times. You’re winning if your baby sleeps throughout the flight.
5. Take an iPad loaded with their favorite TV show
If toys and books don’t do the trick, moms recommended taking an iPad full of Peppa Pig! It’ll take up less space, too.
6. Take your time
Staying on a schedule as much as possible will help to take the stress out of your journey. It’s important that you leave yourselves plenty of time, factoring in feeds, diaper changes, meltdowns, etc. The stress of rushing to your gate can take the fun out of your trip before it’s even started. It rarely runs according to plan, but giving yourselves an extra hour will make a huge difference.
7. Sit between their car seats
If you’re traveling by car, it can help if one of you sits between their car seats. Your presence will help to keep them calm throughout a long car journey.
8. Know that it’s OK if they get fussy
Traveling is stressful for us, so it’s no surprise that it’s not fun for them. Don’t panic if they get fussy. Be patient, stay calm, and do what you usually do. Try not to worry about passengers around you – stay focused on you and your babies.
9. Pack in advance
Organization is key! Don’t leave packing until the last second. Make a list of everything you need and start packing as early as possible (most moms recommend you start packing around a week before you travel).
10. Do what works for your family
What works for another family might not work for yours. Set your own boundaries and stick to them. Remind yourself to enjoy the experience! It’s challenging, but it’s so worth it.