We celebrate a lot of baby milestones, but Baby’s First Flight is one of our favorites.
Our new little guy has been on a few trips (Three countries to be exact!) but the flight to Rome marked his first trip by air.
We flew on a KLM itinerary that was being operated by Alitalia. Check-in was a total mess because we had an infant in arms and couldn’t check in online. (A problem I’ve never had in the past.) The KLM desk then asked us to provide proof of a ticket number and proof we had purchased checked luggage. (What is on that computer they look at??) Luckily, my organized husband had everything on his phone and eventually we were checked in. It didn’t help that the KLM employee was a trainee.
These days it feels like when I go through security at Schiphol the rules are always different! This time I was asked to take our little guy out of the carrier to go through the body scanner. I also had to remove all charging cords and headphones from my bag in addition to my electronic devices. (This wasn’t so bad because I use a Grid-It to keep everything organized.)
After security we found Santa in the airport. Our big little was over the moon, middle little was totally unsure and little little was indifferent.
How do I get through the airport with three kids you might ask? It is not always pretty but we manage. I had my new little guy in the Ergo. I wore through my original one with my other two, so the new guy is in a new Ergo. I clipped my infant car seat into our new Mountain Buggy Nano with the universal clip that comes with the stroller (Jeff calls it two bungie cords and a strap.). The middle little insisted on sitting in there as we went through the airport, so that worked out great. The big little is great and walked holding my hand. Ok I may have bribed him with a treat from Starbucks!
Our big and middle littles are predictably good on airplanes. (We use the CARES Flight Harness with them on the flight. You can read our review here.) Our little little followed suit. I even got a chance to read my new book from one of my favorite podcasts – Good Job Brain.
The Rome airport had a lovely family bathroom in the luggage area making it easy to get the whole family ready for the trip into Rome. Luggage carts are typically free in Europe, so we always take advantage of those!
As an added bonus they also have a playground right in the luggage waiting area. So I watched the kids play while Jeff gathered the luggage.
All in all I would say our little’s first flight was a huge success!