A truth I have discovered as a new mother is you can never really know what to expect from a situation.
This was especially true when we took our 2-year-old son on his first out-of-state trip. I prepped by reading articles on the most convenient and stress free ways to fly with a toddler. I got advice from friends and family members. I called the airline to confirm that we could fly with his car seat. I packed snacks, extra pacifiers, pull ups, wipes and coloring books.
But the one thing I should have done was order that Britax car seat travel cart. It would have been the best $64 I have spent on an item I might not have used again. Walking through the airport carrying a car seat, a backpack and a 2-year-old boy should be used as a legal form of torture for war criminals.
Thankfully, we were traveling with our family and everyone pitched in. Other than the hassle of lugging a bunch of baby gear through the airport, the trip went rather smoothly. Our toddler behaved on the plane for the most part. I attribute that having pacifiers on hand, and also his car seat. It felt familiar and comfortable for him to climb in his seat, and watch the clouds from the airplane window.
We did have a brief struggle over him not kicking the seat in front of him. I wish I could say I ended it with my super mom skills but he fell asleep on take off and didn’t wake up until we landed. Hey, I’ll take a victory any way it comes.