We took the boys to visit their relatives in TX last weekend. This involved 2 plane trips each way (Raleigh to Atlanta) and (Atlanta to Dallas). The traveling went very well. Here’s what worked:
1. We wore the babies in their slings and rented car seats to go with our rental car. That way, we only schlepped one bag plus the baby back pack (carry on). It was easy to travel with them without carrying a lot of stuff and wearing the babies made us way more agile than pushing a stroller.
2. On take off and landing, we made sure the babies were sucking either a bottle or paci. This helped keep their ears from bothering them. We actually received compliments on their behavior from fellow passengers. The best one was, “I didn’t know they were on the plane.”
3. My SIL borrowed a swing from her church nursery for Rock who is addicted to his swing. I bought cheap used bouncy seats from my SIL’s house for the babies to sit in off EBay and had them delivered prior to our arrival. They were cheap enough to be donated to the church nursery upon our departure ( I think I paid $10.00 each).
4. We brought our individual formula container and empty bottles on the carry on. I just got water at the airport.
What didn’t work:
1. We weren’t able to sit together because of a lack of oxygen masks. Apparently 2 babies in lap in two seater grouping doesn’t work for the airline. This was not helpful and we wish we knew it ahead of time. Mo2 and Roll ended up sitting away from me, awkward.
So there you have it. It IS possible to travel with babies as long as you are organized. Next week we have a 5 hour car trip North for Thanksgiving. We’ve done the trip before so it shouldn’t be too tough but you can bet we are not taking the twins anywhere near the mall on Black Friday!