Twas the night before traveling and all through the house,
The toddler was running and the infant a grouch.
I struggled to pack my suitcase with care
And wondered how I’d get them through the air.
Time goes fast and it’s abundantly clear
Traveling with children, oh gosh, now it’s here.
To get through the airport and keep them in sight
With all of our stuff, very heavy, not light!
When what to my panicking eye should appear
But my stash of carriers, all of them so dear.
It was then that I knew without a doubt
I’d need a carrier, I’ll figure this out.
I’ll wear baby in buckles through the security line.
I’ll put stuff in the stroller, oh it’ll be fine!
My partner can wear the toddler in a bei dai,
A wrap as a blanket to keep warm while we fly.
A pouch or ring sling in the carry on,
Are great for quick ups they’re so easy to don!
And once we land and get off the plane
The carriers will make it so there’s no strain.
And when we’re walking a lot and tiny legs get tired,
A ride on my back is what is desired.
As I look at my options in sheer delight,
I know in my heart we’ll be all right.
In buckles! In bei dai! In ring sling! In wrap!
Into my bag and close with a snap.
With a carrier on hand while we’re on the go,
We’ll be just fine as we go to and fro.
So travelers, go on, bring your kids have some fun
Having your carrier makes it easy for everyone!
Tips for Babywearing While Traveling
- Bring a carrier! This is pretty obvious, but don’t forget your carrier. Even if your baby is a preschooler and isn’t worn much, if you’ll be doing a lot of walking, do yourself a favor and bring a carrier. And make sure it’s one you’re comfortable using and not afraid of getting dirty. Who knows where your adventures where take you?
- Wear your baby through security. You will probably have to remove a ring sling (metal) but you likely won’t have to remove a buckle carrier, pouch, mei tai, or wrap. Be prepared to have your hands swabbed for explosives.
- Front Cross Carry is a great carry for traveling. You can pop baby in and out, nurse discreetly, leave it on while you’re on the plane so if baby needs a nap, your carrier is on already. It’s important to note that FAA regulations state that you can’t wear your during take off and landing, so be prepared to take your baby out of the carrier during that time.
- Strollers are awesome for all the stuff you have to bring. Roll it right up to the gate and check it there. They’re also great if you have multiple children to keep safe.
- Stash a pouch in your carry on or diaper bag. It folds down small and you never know when you’ll need it (like if you forget Tip 1).
- Wraps are good for lots of things. The most obvious is wearing your baby, of course, but you can also use it as a blanket, a way to block off stairs at a house that isn’t childproofed, or as a chair restraint for a slightly wobbly baby.
- When traveling, normal safety rules apply. Bring your car seat if you’ll be doing any traveling by car (and consider using it on the plane too). Don’t wear your baby if you’ll be on a boat. Don’t do any activities you wouldn’t do while holding your baby.
- Have fun and enjoy your travels! Traveling with children is always an adventure, and there’s no way to plan for everything. Be flexible with yourself and your child. Safe traveling!