One of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with friends and family. But if your friends and family members are far away, getting there with a newborn can be enough to bring both of you to tears. But if you plan accordingly, you can make the trip a lot more comfortable for you and your tiny travel companion. If your travel plans involve flying at 30,000 feet, you're definitely going to need some hacks for traveling with a newborn on an airplane.
Remember when you were the one giving the side eye to the mom with the fussy baby on the plane? Well, now the tables have turned and you're that mom. From the moment the rest of the passengers see you preparing to board with your diaper bag and infant carrier, you become the target of sighs, eye rolls, and general disgust. Although you won't be able to predict when or if your little one will have an in-flight meltdown, you can do your best to make sure you are prepared for any possible scenario.
It may be a while before you can read People magazine on a plane again, but you don't have to avoid flying all together. Choosing the right seat, protecting baby's ears from cabin pressure changes, and packing (a few) of her favorite things can help make your holiday travel a lot more bearable.