* ERGO or comfy carrier. I bought a used ergo carrier the day before our flight. It was awesome, both for the airport & our destination. Baby could be close to mommy & even sleep while we dragged ourselves & luggage from gate to gate. It also helps to have two hands free for boarding & deplaning!
* Breastfeed as much as baby wants , especially on landing & takeoff.
* A window seat affords much more privacy for breast feeding and offers a little more entertainment without disturbing neighbors.
* Do your best to change diapers just before boarding.
* Changing diapers on your lap if there's two adults is much easier than using the lavatory (so gross).
* Bring plastic bags for diapers.
* Bring nicely scented sanitizing hand wipes. They're great for wiping down trays, walls, and armrests. They can also act as an air freshener if you have a stinky baby! Phew!
* Don't stress about the crying. It's only a few hours of everyone's lives & we can all stand to live outside our comfort zones once in awhile.
* That being said, I don't think it hurts to over-prepare a little.
I brought Tylenol, teething tabs, ear drops from the doctor, gas drops, and a few new toys. Some people recommended Benadryl, but I have a pretty laid back kid. I only ended up giving her Tylenol, and that was a half hour before we boarded.
She had a little pain, but nursing did the trick.
I know there are a ton of other tricks, but these are the ones that helped me the most.
There was a little baby two rows up from us and he screamed most of the flight. The parents were great from what I could tell. Poor, sweet baby.
There's a HUGE difference between children in need & unruly parents
with minions! ;)
Just my two cents!