Top Ten Tips for Flying with Your Baby
Have you planned a holiday this year that involves flying? For some parents, the thought of flying with a baby might be a bit overwhelming, but you can do it! Here are some useful flight tips to make travelling with your baby a little easier.
- Before going on your trip, call the airline to make sure your lap-child is registered for the flight or ask when you check-in at the ticket counter.
Most airlines will require your baby to have a boarding pass, or at least a note on your own pass, even if your child does not require a separate seat.
- Try asking for an extra seat. Quite often planes are not fully booked and there is a good chance there may be an empty seat on the plane. Make sure you arrive early at the gate and ask if you can be moved next to an empty seat if there is one available. It will give you a lot more space during the flight!
- Get on the plane last. Let your child burn up as much energy as possible in the airport lounge, before you strap him or her in to a small space for hours on end.
- Travel during nap time whenever possible. Flights will pass quicker when your baby is asleep.
- Dress your baby in layers. Temperatures in airports and on the plane tend to vary quite a lot. If your baby wears layers, you can easily adjust to the temperature.
- Dress your baby for quick and easy nappy changes. Another great dressing tip! A onesie with leggings for example allows you to change the nappy without removing socks, shoes and pants.
- Wear your baby! Travelling with a baby often means you have to bring a lot of different items and having your hands free can be very helpful. It also tends to soothe your baby, keeping them calm in a busy and new environment.
- Feed at take-off and landing. Your baby might experience the pressure changes as uncomfortable. Sucking and swallowing helps to clear their ears as they do not know how to do it on their own yet. But if your baby is asleep, don’t wake him or her; not all babies are bothered by this.
- Bring your baby’s favourite low-mess snack. Pureed foods sold in a tube are great for travel.
- (Try to) keep calm! Try not to stress about the trip as your baby is likely to notice this and might get upset. Prepare well, try to relax and have fun with your little one.
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