Traveling with a baby isn’t exactly easy and traveling by plane can be especially challenging. Before you try air travel with your little one, check out some of these do’s and don’ts.
DO look into night flights. Later flights may be less crowded and may allow more space for you to take care of your baby. Flying during the nighttime may also help your baby sleep through most of the journey and not disrupt her schedule.
DON’T be afraid to ask about child air fares or special accommodations. If you choose to purchase a ticket for your baby, ask about any special rates or discounts. Ask about child meals and any other accommodations the airline may have to help you with your trip.
DO consider separate seats for yourself and your partner. If you are traveling with your partner, purchasing seats that are located away from each other for a long trip can help each of you get a break and catch up on sleep while the other cares for the baby.
DO check into the airline’s regulations about baggage. You will want to take plenty for the baby, but you may be limited by the airline. Find out exactly what will and will not be allowed so you can decide what to take and what can be carried on.
DO check the TSA rules about carry-on items. Your diaper bag contents may not meet the guidelines so to save yourself time and trouble, make sure you know ahead of time and pack accordingly.
DON’T forget to pack plenty of baby supplies, but keep it under the guidelines for carry-ons. You will need plenty of diapers, formula, and wipes just in case there is a long delay, but you don’t want to go over the weight limit.
DO bring special toys for the trip. Purchase a few special items that are just for the flight (don’t let baby see them before flight time) or take some favorite toys and put them away a few weeks before your trip. Choose soft toys that are quiet and easy to pack and hold.
DO bring an extra blanket or stuffed animal to soothe baby and keep him warm. This will be a new experience for your baby and may be a little traumatic. Bring a blanket to help keep him snug and comfortable and pack along a small, favorite comfort item like a pacifier or a stuffed animal.
An air flight can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but with a baby in tow, it can be even more so. Plan ahead and get everything in order so you can make the flight as pleasant as possible for you and your little one.
Do you have tips and tricks that make flying with babies manageable?