Most parents dread flying with their infants. This is because everyone has had that experience of being on a flight where a baby has cried non-stop for the entire flight. No one wants to be that family. So, the idea of getting on an airplane with your little one can be rather daunting.
However, there is no need to stress. With the proper tips, you can still travel around, keep your baby relatively calm, and hopefully enjoy your flight in the process. Let’s get started!
Wait for the Right Age
Now, in some instances, you simply don’t get an option – you have to travel when needed. If you do have the choice to select when you fly, though, make sure that your baby is the right age. Most experts agree that it is safe for babies to fly when they are a few weeks old.
However, it is a good idea to wait until your baby is around 3 months old. For one thing, their immunity is better. For another, they are relatively easy to care for. They are still sleeping quite a bit, aren’t as squirmy, and are feeding at regular intervals.
When your baby begins to crawl or walk, things can get a little bit more hectic. At this age, your little one isn’t going to want to sit tight for too long. Thus, you may have a tough time keeping them in their seat or on your lap.
It is a good idea to research the available airlines. Despite claims, not every airline is as family-friendly as parents would like. Digging into airline procedures and plane features can help you to determine the best airline for you and your little one.
First, look for airlines that will check in strollers (of all sizes) for no additional cost. It would also be nice if they boarded families with children first. Last, but certainly not least, changing tables in bathrooms can be incredibly helpful to parents.
Don’t Skimp on the Seats
There is no denying that air travel can get pretty pricey. As such, you may want to opt for economy fare. However, when doing this, you may find that you aren’t allowed to sit together with younger children. This can turn into a hassle once you begin boarding.
Now, there are different tactics that you can try to ensure that you are seated together. However, your best option is to pay a little extra and book seats together. You should also have all the seats on a single reservation record so that they know that you need to be seated together.
If you want to try and save some money, try booking the tickets well in advance. This could offer you a decent discount.
Now, you don’t have to take everything that your baby owns with you when you fly. However, you do need the essentials. As long as you have these covered, you will be able to tend to most of your little ones needs.
Of course, before you get to the essentials, you need to find the right diaper bag for the trip. It is important to select one that is well-suited to air travel. For instance, as Little One Mag mentions, some bags come equipped with luggage feet. These are perfect for when you need to keep the bag off the grimy plane floor.
Also select one with plenty of compartments. This way, you can organize all the different items, making them far easier to access, even in the cramped conditions of your plane seat. Longer flights require larger bags, while more compact options are suitable for short flights.
Make sure to carry plenty of diapers (and associated items like wipes, cream, etc.), formula and baby bottles, baby food, and pacifiers. You should also keep a change of clothes for both you and your little one. Carry a large sealable plastic bag where you can place the soiled ones.
If your baby is old enough, take their favorite toys or blankets with you too.
Do Your Best, Ignore the Rest
Despite your best efforts, there is a chance that your little one may cry, fuss, or throw an all-out tantrum. Don’t feel embarrassed or worry about the other passengers. Your baby is just doing what babies do. All you need to focus on is your baby and meeting his or her needs.
These are the top tips for your baby’s first flight. Keep these in mind and your flight could be a great deal calmer and smoother.