We're flying to St. Louis to visit cousins next week and I was hoping you might be able to give me some advice. I've never flown with a baby before and I'm pretty nervous. we made sure we got a direct flight so it's less than 3 hours but still i'm nervous! Our little guy is 6 months. We just recently bought a convertible seat since he's over 20 lbs however he can still stay in the bucket till 30 and we haven't switched him over just yet since we had this trip. we figured we should keep him in the bucket and the snap n go for the airport. would you agree? he doesn't love the snap n go or the bucket but it will be easier in the airport then carrying him around and I've heard you can gate check both of them? (we didn't get him a separate seat). We are flying on southwest. flights leave at 7:10 am on the day out and 7pm on the way home.. I know you can bring formula on the plane but is there a limit to how much? he drinks about 8 oz each sitting. He also can't stay up more than 1 hour 45 mins without taking a nap. usually his naps are done swaddled in the crib (unless he's in his carseat or stroller if we are out and about). I'm afraid on the plane what he is going to do when he can't be swaddled, rocked, or anything.. i don't want him to scream (we've tried unswaddled, no rocker, etc when we were at a friend's house before and it was unsuccessful - he was screaming so we just went for a walk in the stroller and he fell asleep in seconds). should i just feed him again to have him fall asleep in my arms so he doesn't distract anyone on the plane? i've heard feeding on take off helps as well.. any advice, tips, etc that any of you have would be great! by the way, it's an easy trip packing wise for us because my cousin has a pack n play for him to sleep in and has strollers out there for us to use (since he likes to sit upright and not in his snap n go in a lounge position), and even has a convertible carseat we could use so we don't need our base (but if use ours i saw ways to strap it in without the base as well).
Thanks for any input!