Tips for Traveling With a Baby on Planes
Taking a trip with a child is not an easy task, especially when taking air transportations. You will need careful and thorough planning in order for the trip to be successful. One paramount thing is that the child must be comfortable throughout the trip, otherwise he will be a source of disturbance to other passengers on the flight.
Below, we will discuss the basic tips and hacks to get you through the process with ease.
Before embarking on your trip which will include an infant, be sure to check with the airline you plan to make use of, their policy concerning traveler’s age. It is better you speak with their representative, explain your situation to them, mention the number of people traveling and their age then ask them if there’s any special requirement for the infants.
Some airlines don’t allow babies that are below two weeks to be taken into their planes. Sometimes other airlines charge an additional amount for extra luggage meant for the children; like car seats and the rest.
It is advisable to ask for the front seat if you are traveling with a younger child but this front seat won’t go well with an older child as there will be lack of space to store some toys and other necessary supplies for the baby.
Things to Pack
Knowing the right things to pack for any trip is one of the things that guarantees a successful trip. It is much more important for a trip involving an infant. As we discussed earlier, when you are choosing the airline to travel with, find out their allowed luggage size and ensure yours meets the requirements.
Also carry along with you some extra supplies in the case of a flight delay, you can effectively make use of it. Make sure your bag is not too heavy for you to carry or roll as the case may be. Ensure you carry along with you these items for the comfort of the baby.
- Baby Food
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Toys
- Diapers and Diaper Bag
- Medical Kit
- Extra Bottle
You can also carry additional things as it may pertain to your child. These are just the basic things to carry for anyone traveling with a child.
As delicate as babies are, it is important you don’t rush anything when it concerns traveling with a child. A baby’s mood can change at any point, especially in unfamiliar or noisy environments. You should be expecting this and most importantly be prepared for it. If you realize you have discomfort other travelers, it will be a good gesture to apologize to them and they will be more understanding than pretending they are not disturbed.
- During flight, a baby can get more dehydrated than an adult, so be sure to keep the infant hydrated throughout the journey.
- Cabin pressure can be very disturbing for a baby, it is advisable to breastfeed the baby or use a bottle feeder at takeoff time and landing.
- Taking care of a baby on a flight can be very challenging especially when it has to do with changing diapers. Most airplanes have provision for diaper changes by providing changing tables. You can always ask the flight attendants for help on anything that you don’t understand.
- Try avoiding people that appear sick, if they show signs of sickness like coughing, sneezing etc. keep a safe distance between them and the baby.
- Don’t rush off the plane once it is parked to keep you off the struggles of other passengers trying to rush to their destinations, unless it is really necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Protect my Baby’s Ears When Flying?
Protecting your baby’s ear during a flight is very important and paramount, you can follow these simple tips to help keep their ear safe.
- If they are grown ups let them know that their ears may pop while flying.
- You should not allow your baby to sleep during takeoff and landing.
- Carrying a pacifier helps the baby suckle and it helps in reducing ear pressure.
Do I Need to Tell the Airline I’m Bringing a Baby?
It doesn’t really matter the age of the baby or the destination, it is necessary that every passenger traveling on a plane gets a ticket before he can fly. You need to notify the airline that there will be a baby flying with you, even if the baby won’t be occupying a full seat. The airline will be in a good position to advise you on the necessary steps based on their policy.
Babies are very delicate and must be treated with absolute care. When traveling by air with an infant, you must make adequate planning before choosing the airline to fly with. Follow these basic tips for a successful trip with your child.
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