The plane is a new environment for a baby, and it can be nerve-wracking to fly with them. But the truth is that flying with a baby is not as difficult as we think it is.
6 Tips for Flying With a Baby
Here are tips for flying with your baby to help you have a smooth trip.
1. Prepare Your Baby for the Trip
This article discusses how to prepare your baby for the trip. It covers what to pack, avoid packing, and do before and after the flight.
The first thing you should pack is a carry-on bag with diapers, wipes, snacks, water, a change of clothes for baby and you (in case your luggage gets lost), an extra shirt in case baby has an accident on the plane or if you spill something on yourself during the flight. You will also need a car seat or stroller with a car seat adapter approved for air travel. If you are bringing formula or breast milk, it needs to be in checked baggage.
What are the rules for bringing my car seat and baby? Most events have a specific age limit on car seats, but you should make sure your child is old enough to use the car seat properly. You should not bring toys that could be choking hazards or liquids that are not in containers of 3 ounces or less.
2. Pack Light and Bring Necessities
A baby’s needs are different from those of an adult. It is important to pack light and bring all the necessary items for your baby. When traveling by air, bring a diaper bag that can fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. When packing for a trip with a baby, it is important to know whether they need formula or breast milk while away from home. You also will need to think about the baby’s age and their needs while traveling.
If you are bringing a baby less than 1 year of age: Breast milk or formula is necessary for babies less than 1-year-old who will not be able to eat solid foods or drink from a bottle. Bottles with nipples that can be boiled in hot water may be used. Bring some food for the baby to eat and drink, and enough formula or breast milk for them to have at every meal and snack. This will help save you a lot of money!
3. Choose the Right Seat
When it comes to traveling with children, there are many things to consider. One of the most important is the seat you will choose for your child.
The best seat on a plane for babies is one that is in the back of the plane, close to an exit row. This type of seat offers a few advantages over other seats:
- it’s closer to an emergency exit in case of an incident
- it has more space for storing items and strollers
- it’s easier to get up and walk around when needed (especially if you’re breastfeeding)
- you can leave your baby sleeping while you use the restroom or go get food.
4. Make Sure Your Baby Is Comfortable
A baby’s needs are different from those of an adult. They need more space, a comfortable seat, and the ability to move around. To make sure your baby is comfortable on an airplane, you should:
- Buy your own seat for the infant and place them in a car seat if possible
- Bring a blanket or other soft material to put under the car seat
- Bring toys or books that will keep your baby occupied
- Consider bringing food and drinks for the baby
5. Keep Your Baby Entertained and Safe
There are many ways to keep babies entertained on an airplane, but some of the best toys for babies on airplanes are interactive ones. Babies who have their senses stimulated with toys will be less likely to be fussy.
Some of the best games for babies on airplanes involve movements, like pat-a-cake and musical instruments.
6. Bring Your Own Food
There are many reasons why you should bring your own food. The first one is that babies are sensitive to what they eat, and they can get fussy when they don’t have the right kind of food in their stomachs. So, if you’re traveling with an infant, bring some snacks and bottles of milk or water in case you need them during the flight.
Another reason why you should bring your own food is that it’s hard to find healthy snacks on board, especially if you’re trying to avoid sugar or gluten.