Diaper Duty on a Plane

12.23.08 Tricks of the trade when it comes to changing your baby while 30,000 up in the air.


Just in time for the peak of the holiday travel season, Babble's Strollerderby blog is talking parenting 101 when it comes to diapering on the go. The blog posting has plenty of tidbits and links about how to avoid raising a stink while flying at 30,000 feet.

In one example, a travel writer over at MSNBC last year posted a piece about what a huge no-no it is for air travelers to change a baby's diaper on a plane seat or tray table. Well of course, that raised the ire of some readers.

So then came the follow-up article about the etiquette of diaper duty on airplanes. After all, it's never a bad idea to brush up on behavior guidelines in the wake of one recent survey on rudeness and travel. The MSNBC contributor received some very insightful ideas from parent readers across the U.S.—from making use of the tiny plane bathroom or setting up shop on the floor to you and your adult traveling companion making a "table" by turning knee-to-knee.

And don't forget to bring plenty of antibacterial hand wipes in your diaper bag or purse—they'll come in handy, says a Los Angeles Examiner writer.

We're here to help so don't let the unknowns keep you from venturing out with your baby, whether your heading out to the airport or driving closer to home this holiday season. Check out our top 10 Planes, Trains and Automobiles tips for traveling with your baby, plus useful products to make going places easier. If you want to read about the do's and don'ts directly from the official travel folks, head over to the Transportation Security Administration's Traveling with Kids section. Happy travels!

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor. She loves to travel.