Flying with a baby: Tips and Advice
The answer to stress free flying with a baby or young children generally lies in the planning, and of course a bit of good luck along the way. Here are our top tips to planning your flight and preparing well together with some great advice from other parents.
Does my baby need their own seat on the aeroplane?
What shall I pack for my baby for the flight?
Can I take a baby car seat on board?
Does my baby get cabin baggage allowance?
Will I be able to take a buggy or pushchair to the aeroplane?
Do babies ears hurt on takeoff and landing?
And finally, will you stay sane?
If you’re flying long haul, book a bassinet for the baby to sleep in. It’s best to book this with your airline asap to ensure availability.
baby milk and food rules) or spare breast pads for breastfeeding mothers. Depending on the age of your baby, pack soft books, non musical baby travel toys and teethers. Take trusted favourites that you know hold their attention.
from Luci: Take a change of clothes for you and baby. Take ready made baby milk, take several in case of delays. Take lots of fruit and bananas for babies but be aware the sniffer dogs will get you the other end, so leave unused fruit on the aeroplane
travel booster seats.
from mamaJo:We made sure our daughter had her own seat and didn't take the car-seat on the plane - the car seats for both went with the luggage. The girls would have been far too restrained in their car-seats.
baby sling or carrier is invaluable for this time. If you prefer to use a carrier for the whole time in the airport, you can check your stroller in with your luggage. Consider one of these lightweight pushchairs, perfect for your hols.
6. Do babies ears hurt on takeoff and landing?We can't know for sure, but some suggest timing feeds or using a dummy for takeoff and landing as the sucking sensation could alleviate any ear discomfort that might occur. Many babies don’t suffer any problems and may even sleep through take off!
7. And finally:We know it’s hard to do, but if your baby is crying on the flight, avoid the glances of other parents, don’t keep apologising, just try and relax. If you’re stressing, it’ll make things worse for you and baby. Concentrate on your little one and think about how you’re going to enjoy yourself when you finally get there!
- For more baby travel advice, check out these:
- Flying rules: what milk and food you can take on board, car seats, etc.
- Blog post: Tips on surviving airport security control
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