Tips for Flying With a Baby; Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go
Air travel is the fastest way, and if you travel with your little one, It might be the preferred mode of transportation. It is normal to panic before the flight, but when you know what to do and how to do flying, it becomes more comfortable with a baby. Here I list some tips for flying with a baby which helps you a lot during your travel gear.
Tips for flying with a baby
Wait until your baby is three months old
Airplanes are the favorite breeding ground for the germs. It is advised not to travel with your newborn just after the birth and wait until your baby is three months old. Because he/she do not have a well developed immune system, germs quickly attack on them
But if you need to fly with your young one then frequently wash your hands and use sanitizers as a safety precaution.
Lap child or separate seat
If your baby is a lap child, then there is no need to purchase an extra seat. This tip is for domestic flights. But if you have an international trip, then you have to reserve a separate place.
Keep in mind that you have to pay for lap infants, but it is not the full fare. It will be either a flat fee or percentage of adult fare according to the airline.
Know your airline’s policy before travel
You will be happy to know that some airlines offer one lap Stroller and or a car seat for free at the ticket counter and either one car seat and stroller at the gate regardless of whether you pay for the seat or not.
But typically the lap infant does not get the same baggage allowance as the infant with a seat. And if you carry a bag for an infant, this bag is counted towards your baggage allowance.
Choose flight time to match your baby’s sleep pattern.
If possible, then choose a flight time which matches your baby sleep time—nap time and in the evening when the baby is sleeping.
Bring noise-cancelling headphones for the flight
The loud sound of air plane engines and the chit chat noise makes your baby fussy and can make it harder for sleep. So it is advised to shop noise-cancelling headphones to mute all other sounds.
Check your baby before travelling if he/she is ill.
A change in air pressure during taking off and landing can make the baby’s ear hurt especially when they suffer from allergy and nasal congestion.
So before your flight consult with your doctor whether it is safe to travel with a sick baby.
Hold off feeding until landing and take off.
If you feed your baby during the flight, it causes the opening of the Eustachian tube and equalizes the air pressure in their ears, easing pain and letting your baby cry.
So if possible, hold off feeding until landing and take off. It is better to give a bottle and breastfeeding, which is perfectly all right.
Reserve a non-stop flight
Try to book a non-stop flight, although it charges more; you have to pass only once through the boarding process. And you only have to deal with one trip. It is easy and safe for your baby also.
With a little forethought, you can enjoy the flight experience with your infant. I hope this guide is helpful to you. Good luck! Have a safe journey.