We just returned from our first vacation requiring airplane travel with our sweet and sassy Frances! I had a lot of anxiety around traveling with my little one so I made an in depth packing list before we left and thought I would share my diaper backpack packing list for the plane! Better believe I brought our Birch Bag and it was so fun seeing other warrior mamas and dads at the airport carrying theirs, too! It really is great for travel.
For reference, Frankie is 5 months old. I wrote this prior to leaving, but have updated some things post-trip.
Frankie's First Flight Checklist
Copy of birth certificate
Pacifier + clip (plus extra!)
Bottle with some milk: Frankie has become a very distracted nurser so it might be hard to stay covered and feed during takeoff/landing so I am going to bring a tiny bit of milk just in case. Luckily I have a decent amount built up in my freezer and she takes a bottle well.
*Update: I didn't actually do this and Frankie would NOT nurse the first flight. She luckily snacked enough to not be hungry, but it was a mess. Wish I did. The second flight I was able to use a cover and she was sleepy enough that I was able to nurse - but not during takeoff/landing. She really did not show any signs of the pressure bothering her, though.
Extra tee for mom (I've been blown out and spit up on enough to know this!)
New toys: I ordered a couple of new small toys to help keep her interested & am brought a couple of tried and true. Also bringing an extra pacifier clip for teether toys to keep from falling on the ground.
*Update: her favorite toy was a water bottle
Lovey: for some extra comfort ❤️
Quilt to keep her cozy but ultimately decided a muslin swaddle will be enough to keep her warm in our arms.
Cover: both for carseat and nursing on plane
Extra Sleeper + 1 Outfit + Booties
8 diapers + wipes
Bandana Bibs: she has gotten quite drooly!
Pump Supplies: I don't want to be without my pump in case she doesn't nurse, checked luggage is lost, etc.
*Update: My husband actually put this in his backpack, but it would have fit in my diaper backpack as well.
For mom: hand sanitizer, wallet, phone, charger, lip balm
New mom here - we learned a lot this trip! The second flight was so much easier once we figured out what worked for us. Traveling with a baby is hard and exhausting, but it is SO worth it.
What are your diaper backpack must-haves when traveling by plane with baby?
To help you feel prepared, we included a printable PDF checklist to simplify baby's flying adventures!