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At 3 months the baby will still want to be held most of the time, or at least doesn't know it is more fun to walk around than sit. You probably only need a toy or three during the flight. You can buy diapers wherever you go (we use cloth at home but obviously can't do that on the road). Definitely don't need to buy a seat for the kid, unless you have a finicky kid or a super long flight.
Plan A, we were several stops into the train trip to the airport with plenty of time when we realized that we forgot Jack's suitcase. We were used to packing for ourselves, but not used to that third person who is terrible about carrying his own bag.
No problem, jumped off, jumped on the train in the opposite direction. Got home, grabbed the car and drove to the airport.
Plan B, we were almost pulling into the airport long term parking when it occurred to us how are we going to get Jack to the airport without installing a car seat in the shuttle van. We changed course and I dropped my wife and Jack off and then I dropped the car off and jumped in the shuttle van.
Plan C, Security. Apparently, you don't need to put babies in those trays and slide them through the conveyer belt. Who knew? Seriously, I was carrying Jack in a baby bjorn, so we skipped the full body scanner in favor of a metal detector. I did not need to take him out of the Bjorn, they did give my hands the chemical test and we were on our way.
Plan D, Some airlines have moved the boarding of parents traveling with small children from the front of the line to the middle of the line. You may want to ask at the gate when you will make it.
If you have any common sense, unlike us, you will be fine.
We took my parents to Maui with our 6 month old and had a nice time. We stayed in a condo which had a pack and play and a high chair, it was nice, except I still felt like I was working my butt off preparing meals and cleaning. I would suggest limiting flying time if possible, it is stressful with a baby.
Have fun and hope you are all sleeping well!
Tracy M. De Soto
De Soto Sport
"plan for the worse, hope for the best, "
Both our kids travel for their first time when they were around 3/4 month old (we live in Canada, @ that time mother in law lived in Dominican Republic).
When our daughter was a bit older, we got stuck on the tarmac in Newark for 2/3 hours on our way to Dominican Republic. Guess what she felt asleep as we sat on the plane and she woke up when we were about to take off for a 3/4h flight :)
Apparently a sand diet is not that bad for them :)
What is great at this age is there are easy to carry around and you do not need much to carry much...
Interesting. that never occurred to us. Both our kids drove in taxis in several countries on our laps or even sitting in front or me or "sandwiched" between me and my wife on ATVs while in Domincan Republic...