What should I know about flying (to a cold place) with a year-old child?
Looks like we are going to visit Mr. Hunter's family. In Illinois. In February. We live in California. The dubious wisdom of this plan did not strike me until after we had already told his whole family we were going, and now we kind of have to go (we've already done the bait and switch once where we told his parents we were thinking about going but then didn't, and although his parents are lovely and didn't hold it too much against us we really can't do that again).
So, okay. Cross-country flight with year-old child. Never flown with her before. What should we be aware of? I know to give her a pacifier to ward off ear-popping trauma (I'd nurse but she doesn't nurse except when she's good and ready). What about soiled diapers en route? (She's guaranteed to have at least one, given her current pooping schedule.) Can we change it on the seat -- putting a clean pad down so as not to mess up the seat, of course? Can we change wet diapers in the airport seats or would that be super weird/gross? What about jet lag?
Also, what is the minimum amount of necessary equipment we need to shelter a little California baby from an Illinois winter? Some sort of bunting, I suppose. Mittens? Shoes? She has a coat but I doubt it's warm enough. I've never bought her shoes as she doesn't walk yet.