How about we give crying babies a break?
With a now very active and curious 14-month-old, whenever I fly, I become more observant about the people around me when I’m taking a flight somewhere. It can be totally stressful as a parent AND for a baby to travel in something where you’re limited on space and movement. My greatest fear with flying with little miss was her ears not adjusting the high altitude. We took her on her first flight when she was 4 months old and I had everything ready from the various blog posts to alleviate the pressure in her ears; bottle (extra precaution), binky, I was nursing at the time, so boob was ready. We were shocked when she just fell asleep before the plane even took off and she was out the entire time. We called that a win.
Recently, I’ve been visiting with family back in the States, which involved more flights than I wanted to. My oldest brother was having his wedding reception in Hawai’i and I was crazy enough to travel with just baby and make the trek alone. Was I nervous? absolutely. I had a pitstop in WA where I met up with my parents and we flew to Hawai’i the following morning. I will do a whole post about how it was traveling alone with her half-way across the world. Yes, it’s stressful at times, but with a lot of patience, perseverance and a solid don’t give a (insert word here) attitude, you’ll be just fine.
On the way to Big Island, she did fairly okay. She had her crying fits here and there and was really fighting to go down on the ground to walk around. So there was a lot of clutching on to a squirmy baby, whenever this happened I didn’t bother to look around, I was just solely focused on her. I want to say that I know my baby’s cues and I knew she was just tired and was fighting it. Let me tell you, people, it happens. Baby’s cry and I’m sure everyone (mainly the people who don’t have kids) find it annoying and such a disturbance. Of course, it would be ideal to have a calm child who will sit in one spot for 6 hours and not make a peep. Not sure what world you’re living in because that doesn’t always exist.Of course, it would be ideal to have a calm child who will sit in one spot for 6 hours and not make a peep. Not sure what world you're living in because that doesn't always exist. Click To Tweet
Coming back from Hawai’i there was a mom with her baby who pretty much cried the entire flight. That poor baby, I’m certain couldn’t clear his ears and I felt so bad for him. His mom handled it all like mama bear badass. There was also a 4-year-old a seat behind us who struggled with the flight too, but I’m pretty sure she can’t handle flights very well since she threw up during take-off. So many babies on the plane and all were crying, the poor little ones. I’ll be honest it irks when I see people just shaking their head and sitting there being annoyed. Yeah I know I shouldn’t care, but everyone just needs to give the little ones a break. It’s stressful all around for everyone and for someone who is observing you’re not making it easier for the mom. Trust me, we’re handling it as best as we can.
My favorite thing whenever we travel is when people interact with my baby, it’s a brief distraction for her and a quick break for me to take a breather.
So yeah, I get it. Flying with crying babies on-board can be tough, but give them a break unless they’re being a little sh*t … hehe, that’s a whole different story.
If you made it to the end, thanks for sticking around and reading. I’m planning on getting more posts written up this year, to see if I still want to keep this blog open. I asked on Instagram what kind of posts they wanted to see from me and I got a lot of great feedback, which made me eager to get back to this blog again and start writing.