I flew with my baby over 20 times in the first year of her life. I stand by these tips even years later.
I am not an expert on traveling with an infant, but I was shocked by how little information I found when I was trying to prepare for the flight to Oklahoma and then Colorado with Pigtail.
I was a nervous wreck, just sure that we would be that annoying family, frazzled and with a screaming child. But all four flights went fine, and I'm glad to have them under my belt. With as much as we travel, I want systems in place and I want Pigtail to be comfortable.
The number 1 rule for traveling with an infant, or any kids really, is this:
One Bag Only
I learned this rule from my brother and his wife, who travel multiple times a year with two toddlers. The one bag refers to the carry-on, not your checked baggage. For heaven's sake, check whatever you need (or can afford, since most airlines are charging upwards of $20/bag).
But too often you see parents juggling their own carry-on luggage, a backpack, a purse, a diaper bag, and who knows what else dangling from flimsy stroller arms. I am convinced that this is what makes everyone crazy.