Tips for traveling by air with your baby this summer
If you are planning on flying with your baby this summer vacation here are some helpful tips for making your experience as smooth as possible.
We have separated the tips into two parts, the first is choosing and booking a flight and the second part contains tips for actually traveling with your baby on the plane.
Tips for choosing and booking a flight
- Plan ahead: Start planning your trip well in advance to ensure you have enough time to make necessary arrangements. Look for flights that align with your baby's schedule, preferably during their nap time or when they are generally more calm and content.
- Book the right seat: Consider booking a seat that suits your needs. Many airlines offer bassinets or bulkhead seats with more legroom, which can provide additional comfort for you and your baby. Check with the airline about their specific policies and availability.
- Notify the airline in advance: Inform the airline about traveling with a baby when booking your flight. They may be able to provide additional assistance or accommodations, such as early boarding or seating options that are more suitable for families.
Tips for traveling with your baby on the plane
- Pack essentials in your carry-on: Pack all the essential items your baby will need during the flight in your carry-on bag. This includes diapers, wipes, extra clothing, blankets, formula or breast milk, bottles, pacifiers, and any necessary medication. Having everything easily accessible will make the journey more convenient.
- Consider baby-wearing: A baby carrier can be a valuable asset during air travel. It keeps your hands free and allows you to navigate the airport easily. However, be aware that you may be required to remove the carrier during security screening.
- Dress comfortably: Dress both yourself and your baby in comfortable clothing, considering the temperature of the airport and the airplane cabin. Layering is a good option as it allows you to adjust for different temperatures.
- Prepare for security checks: Familiarize yourself with the security procedures at the airport beforehand. Be prepared to remove your baby from the carrier, collapse strollers if necessary, and follow any specific instructions given by the security personnel.
- Feed during takeoff and landing: Nursing or bottle-feeding your baby during takeoff and landing can help alleviate ear pressure. The swallowing motion helps equalize the pressure in their ears. If your baby is not hungry, a pacifier or a sippy cup can also help with swallowing.
- Bring entertainment and comfort items: Pack toys, books, or other age-appropriate entertainment options to keep your baby engaged during the flight. Also, bring along familiar comfort items, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, to provide a sense of security and familiarity.
- Stay calm and relaxed: Babies can sense your emotions, so try to stay calm and relaxed throughout the journey. Maintain a positive attitude, as your baby may pick up on your energy and react accordingly.
It's essential to be flexible and adapt to your babies needs. With proper planning and preparation, flying with a baby can be a manageable and even enjoyable experience.
Don't forget to enjoy the sideways glances of other passengers when waking down the aisle, and the sighs of relief when your baby behaves perfectly throughout the flight!