My ErgoBaby Organics Baby Carrier is my number one travel necessity when traveling with little ones. Whatever kind of carrier you use (a wrap, a ring sling, etc.), if you are traveling with an infant or toddler, do not travel without it! Here’s why babywearing at the airport makes traveling a breeze.
Tips for Babywearing at the Airport
You do NOT have to take your baby out of the carrier to go through the security checkpoint. The TSA agents will allow you you go through the metal detector while still wearing your baby. After walking through the metal detector, the agent will swab your hands to test for gun powder or explosive residue. It takes all of five extra seconds. Way less time than taking the baby out of the carrier and putting it back on.
In the terminal
Babywearing not only keeps you hands free to hold your carry on or scarf down a deli sandwich, but it keeps germy strangers from touching your baby. And it keeps your baby from touching germy things. As long as my baby is in the carrier, she is usually content and often sleeps. That means people aren’t bugging her, and she isn’t trying to pull up on the trash can or play with the nasty stain on the airport carpet.
On the plane
Once you are on the plane, the flight attendant will likely ask you to take the baby out of the carrier during the flight. Not sure why they consider this safer, but I don’t argue. I’ve actually only been asked to do this on one flight, but other babywearing mamas have told me they’ve also been told to do so. Most flight attendants only require the baby to be out of the carrier during take off and landing.
I was never one to unabashedly breastfeed unconcerned about how many people are around and who would see me. In fact, I’ve always tried to cover up and be discreet when nursing in public. With that said, if you’re planning to travel while nursing, there will come a time when you have to nurse in the airport, on the plane, or out in public at a crowded tourist attraction. If you’re like me and don’t want the world to see your boob, even with an infant attached to it, babywearing comes in quite handy. It takes some practice and the right type of clothing. But I was able to figure out how to nurse my baby without ever taking her out of the carrier, and without strangers even realizing I was doing it.