Flying with Infant Twins

This will be the last of my out and about with infant twins series. To date, I have had 3 flights - 5 planes, 2 stopovers - with the twins. First flight was in July when they were 8 months old and second flight was when they were 11 months old. Here's what worked for us and what didn't.

Things that went right
  1. Travelling close to bedtime. Once the plane lights were dimmed, the babies settled down and slept off
  2. Changing diapers in the airport just before the plane boards
  3. Mylanta antacid in diaper bag. Spice has always had mild reflux but her pediatrician did not want to add cereal to her bottle because as at that time she was 75th percentile on the weight chart. Well mid-flight, she got airsick and started gagging badly. The Mylanta helped calm her stomach
  4. Lots of tissues and wet wipes in diaper bag
  5. Generous change of clothes, hooded jacket for babies, large mummy scarf that could double as a baby blanket. Layering clothes for all travellers is key
  6. Travelling with a second adult.
  7. Booking a seat for baby when affordable
  8. Pacifiers, backup pacifiers and backup to the backup pacifiers in diaper bag and handbag
  9. Soft, non-squeaky toys. Nothing like splitting a fellow passenger's lip with a flying Mr Weeble.
  10. Ready to feed formula in 8oz bottles, pediasure in 8oz bottles, ziploc of nipples and nipple rings that fit on the bottles.

Things that went wrong aka I'd like to forget these ever happened
  1. Peak daytime travelling. Babies are bored and want to move around and play. Fellow passengers may not be so understanding - not to mention the ear curdling screams that some babies *cough*mine*cough* can deliver
  2. Trying to change diaper on a plane. Some plane bathrooms do not have changing tables so it's really luck of the draw. Plus if they do have, changing a squirmy baby in that tiny space with little hands touching EVERYTHING!! Enough to make a germophobe mama use up bundles of wet wipes (see number 4 in What went right)
  3. Eating new foods 24 hours before travel time, can lead to several occasions of number 2 above
  4. Trying new diaper for trip - it just may leak
  5. Not having enough change of clothes for trip aka landing Canada in onesie and blanket
  6. Having more than one carryon i.e diaper bag, handbag AND laptop bag
  7. Not booking flight early enough to choose seats
  8. Carry-on that won't fit into stroller basket. Visualize pushing a stroller and pulling a suitcase
  9. Not travelling with double stroller. Once again, visualize pushing one stroller ahead and pulling one behind. Or trying to push both. Or something equally awkward enough to earn you the attention of the terminal
  10. Pouch of mango and pear baby food just before flight. 'Nuff said. This escalates numbers 2,3,4 and 5 

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11 comments :

  1. I hope you can forgive the plug here, but I thought it would be easier to link our troubles when flying/travelling than to retype.

    http://papatwotwingirls.blogspot.com/2011/09/vacation-all-i-ever-wanted-vacation.html

    Of your things that went wrong list, #2 is probably the worst for me. I'm too tall. I can't stand up in the bathroom when I'm alone in there, so trying to put the little changing table down, put a baby on it, make room for all the supplies, and then do the actual changing was extrememly difficult.

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  2. Agree agree agree!
    We were lucky enough not to have a mid air gagging incident, but we did have a blow-out...were lucky enough to have a tiny cold stainless steel changing table in the bathroom, but no extra onsies...um, bad news there!
    Flying close to nap time worked well for us too. Oh, and never being the first to board the plane...that is just beyond me. I mean, I get wanting to get all of your stuff stowed away and such, but two babies in a tin can for 25 minutes BEFORE the plane even takes off is simple torture! I specifically asked to be one of the last to board so I could hold the babies and bounce them around as much as possible before they were confined to a tiny space for a long period of time...=).
    Nice work on the series btw - very helpful information!

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  3. I'm all sweaty just reading this post! The bathrooms in airplanes just plain suck. I've changed a kid on the lid of a toilet seat before...add that to a list of screaming causes. thankfully both of my kids are now old enough to be satisfied with a movie while on the plane. Your success with flying with twins totally astonishes me!

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    Gina
    www.totallyfullofit.com

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  4. I completely admire you! Traveling can be tough with an infant and the fact that you did it with TWO leaves me in awe! Way to go mommy! We had our first flight with our little one when he was 11 months old and maneuvering a diaper change in the cramped lavatory was our biggest & grossest challenge. He had his little hands on everything. Cynthia, vb

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  5. Oh my just reading this post brought back some tenuous travel moments with my four kids. Great tips! And definitely laughed on some of the "don'ts"!

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  6. As a soon to be mother of twins, I think this is what scares me most, having to travel! I have traveled my whole life but I suspect my idea of travel is about to change for good. LOVE the tips.
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  7. Oh my goodness! You certainly have your hands full! Sounds like you're learning to handle it beautifully though! :)

    Cathy
    (visiting from voiceBoks)

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  8. Great traveling tips!! I'm very impressed that you have done this with twins no less!! I have never traveled with my kids on a plane and I think I would like to keep it that way!! Great post!

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  9. Oh, I hear you! I have traveled with several children- different ways- by plane, by car, at night, in the day, and so on. Sometimes it was okay, sometimes it was rough. I definitely think the backup for backup pacifiers is a MUST!!!

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  10. You are totally impressive! That is an amazing feat. It's stressful enough with just yourself traveling, but with twins...how did you do it!?

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  11. We are planning to fly with our girls next month and I'm so nervous!!

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