So, you’re a new parent and freaking out about traveling with an infant for the very first time. Or, have you had a few ‘mishaps’ on recent trips and are looking for some better ways of making air travel with your baby a success? You know that you will probably over pack, lose some sleep, and get out of the sacred routine that you have worked so hard on, but you know the day has come when you must attempt air travel with your precious cargo.
If you have had the opportunity to travel more than a handful of times, you know that it is not always the easiest endeavor, especially with kids. Travel teaches you all sorts of things: patience, flexibility, quick decision making, patience, communication and negotiation skills, packing skills, and patience. Throw in some kids in the mix and you get to learn of a whole new level of, you guessed it, patience. Don’t get me wrong, travel is exciting, full of adventure, and an education in and of itself. However, without the right knowledge or skills, it can quickly turn into a disaster.
I have also noticed that many parents really fear traveling with their kids and hold off on flying out of fear of the unknown. And many, many times, the first flight goes off without a hitch, and the weeks of anxiety are just not worth it.
We have had the extraordinary privilege of taking our kids on lots of airplane adventures. It did not take us long to make Southwest Airlines our exclusive airline of choice for traveling with an infant and kids. Their customer service, value of family, ‘transfarency’, open seating, and fleet of airplanes made this our one stop shop for air travel. If Southwest does not fly to our destination, well, we just don’t go. Actually, that’s not true. But, it does make a significant impact on our decision making.
Here are my step by step tips for traveling with an infant on Southwest Airlines: