The Underground actress spoke to PEOPLE about her trick in getting Hunter — whom she says has already “taken 12 flights” — soothed when it comes to air travel.
“Hunter is incredible on flights. He sleeps,” says Smollett-Bell, 30. “I breastfeed him — this is what my sister told me, and my mom, said, ‘Feed him on the way up and feed him on landing, so the ears don’t pop.’ “
“I wish we could give him a frequent-flyer number, but since he’s a lap baby, they don’t let you do it,” she jokes.
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The former child star admits that it’s hard to “pinpoint one thing” she loves most about being a new mom, but that the ability to reflect on how she is changing is a big one.
“He’s teaching me so much about myself. He’s teaching me so much about love,” Smollett-Bell says of her first child. “I see myself in him, and I start to love that about myself even more.”
“It’s like I see the world differently now, through his eyes,” she continues. “He makes me reassess, really, what matters.”
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Smollett-Bell shared on Tuesday’s episode of Harry that her son already takes after his dad Josiah Bell, who is a musician.
“The crazy thing is this is the only song now that soothes Hunter,” she adds. “We have to keep [it] on repeat and we’re just walking around the house, bouncing him, with our cell phones.”