One amazing thing I've noticed aboard is there always seems to be more compassion and support from other passengers. You really gear up thinking the worst situations, but really, people have been much more pleasant and helpful than I'd expected.
We once had flight attendants stop by and offer to scoop up our baby or play with one of the toddlers so we could use the bathroom, stretch, or just take a little break. I know some moms would be like HOW DARE YOU EVEN ASK, YOU ARE A STRANGER! On the contrary, my husband and I are like, can you bring them back when we're done with our nap?!
Another time we had a mom walk over from across the airplane with a big ole smile and just say, "Hey, I've been there, you're doing great, happy to help if you need anything at all!" Just a little love and understanding went a long way! I always think about that when I see another mom struggling with kids on the plane and try to pay it forward.
Over the past few years, we've mustered up a list of must-haves for traveling with a baby. When you've got a limited amount of space (and hands!) it's important to focus on the necessities and not the whole 'what if' list. Here's what we found most helpful:
1. Get organized. This is the golden rule when taking your baby or toddlers on an airplane. Be organized. I am admittedly not the most organized person IRL. Maybe even the least organized? Hmm, don't ask my mom. I've learned over the past few years just how stressful it can be when the baby is crying because of a blowout, and those diapers and wipes are 'somewhere in the diaper bag'. #cringe