As someone who has flown 50+ times on Southwest with my now 22-month old, (more than half of those flights without my husband!) I consider myself an expert mommy flyer too.
I'd like to add a few tips.
1. If you can't fit all of your own mommy stuff into your child's diaper bag, use a backpack as your purse instead. I have a great Vera Bradley backpack that I use solely for flying (so a copy of Luke's birth certificate is permanently kept in there, as well) and it is SO much easier to use a backpack than a typical purse.
2. For kids that are old enough to pay attention, a portable DVD player is a great form of onboard entertainment.
3. Milk is not available in flight. Be sure to purchase this in the terminal ahead of time if your child will need it. If your child does not eat peanuts, pretzels are always available.
4. With regards to Jessica's tip #1 listed above, I think there is a fine line between arriving early and arriving with a perfect amount of time to spare. I've found that when I arrived too early it is just harder to keep my son occupied. While it's cute for about 1 1/2 minutes, other passengers aren't so interested in watching your kids run circles around all of the seats at the gate.
I look forward to reading this blog more...and for my next flight on May 22 from BNA to RSW!
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