Vegas With a Toddler? Why not!
I know you're probably judging me but I will show you why you should rethink your thoughts on Vegas only being for adults.
So I booked a 7:30AM flight for a solo mother/daughter trip with my two year old. She wakes up at 6AM regularly and we've done earlier so this should be no problem right? Well I set my alarm for 5AM and she woke up at the same time no problem. With a 5hr flight skipping breakfast was not an option so I made us oatmeal. Mistake #1- I should of definitely made something that doesn't take as long to cook nor require as much cool down time without burning my poor child's' tongue off. I couldn't get her dressed before eating because she refuses to accept help and half her food usually ends up on her clothes.
Even though it was just the two of us going on this trip I still had to pump since my 4 month old was sleeping and my husband would have to give her a bottle. This was more so for comfort since I didn't want to have to risk having to pump on the plane as I had more than enough milk in the freezer. Mistake #2- I should of just pumped in the car with my Evenflo single electric pump, which can be operated with batteries, it's great for road travel. This would of saved me at least 15mins.
Thank God my 4 month old did not fight the car seat this morning. There have been many times where we have to pull over once or more because she is crying bloody murder. Sometimes she just wants to be rocked to sleep, other times she needs to burp, and sometimes she is just hungry. All I know is this morning we would not have had time for either of those. In hind-sight we were extremely lucky and maybe next time it would have been better for us to take a cab to the airport since I was already traveling with the car seat.
Mistake #3- I meant to put the stroller in the trunk from the night before but of course I didn't! We had to turn around to get it, luckily we were just down the street. By this time it was 6:15 and it would take 30mins to get to the airport. I checked us in online so all I would have to do when we got to the airport is drop the car seat off.
We got to the airport at 6:40AM and the line wasn't too long but I didn't get to the drop off counter until 6:47AM. They close checked baggage 45mins prior to the flight departure so even though I had checked in online she said I could not check the car seat. She tried to get a supervisor to help but there was nothing they could do and I was running out of time. Ok, no problem just a little hiccup, I will check it at the gate. She tried to tell me I wouldn't be able to check it at the gate because the car seat was too big and that I would have to fly stand by on the next flight. Negative, not happening! I have seen way too many people with an oversized carry on allowed to check their bag at the gate for free and that is exactly what I was going to do.
At this point it was 7AM and our flight was boarding. This may seem daunting but we stayed calm and sailed through security, you can learn how to do that here.
When we got to the gate, the gate agent was so nice and checked both our suitcase and car seat for us so I wouldn't have to pull the suitcase when we landed in Vegas. I am so glad I listened to my gut in knowing that I could check the car seat at the gate and did not listen to the ticket counter agent.
Don't make the mistakes I made today and you will have a much easier time as you won't be rushing. It was a struggle carrying our suitcase, car seat, stroller, and my back pack through security but my baby girl was a trooper and walked the entire way to the gate. I was so proud of her! If you're thinking why didn't I just push her in the stroller it's because it would of been impossible for me to push her and pull both the suitcase and car seat.
We are 2.5hrs into our flight and she is on her best behavior. Learn how to survive a flight with an infant/toddler here.