This post is part of the ‘Tales From The Other Side Of …’ series. There are so many stages, achievements, milestones and heartbreaks we go through as parents and whatever we are experiencing, whether good, bad, exciting or terrifying, it’s always nice to know someone else has already done it and come through the other side. To find out how you can get involved and share your story/tips and tricks click here. Today we have the lovely Leona from Wandermust Family with some top tips for flying with a baby.
Flying with a baby is one of those things that fills new parents with horror. Being an expat living in the Middle East we knew that flying with a baby would be part of our life. Our little one went on her first flight at just under twelve weeks old and in her first year of life has been on seventeen flights – the majority of them long haul!
What parents need to know
- It’s going to be ok.
- Baby’s are actually pretty good fliers. They aren’t mobile and, if you time it right, sleep for most of the flight. Being a parent to a newly mobile toddler I can tell you that the toddling years are harder (but still perfectly doable), so why not start travelling young.
- When booking flights consider your baby’s sleep schedule. We always prefer overnight flights as the bambino sleeps most of the way.
- Remember to have a dummy or bottle for take off and landing to help them with their ears popping.
- Regarding feeding – make sure you have enough and extras to last for the flight and a bit more in case of delays.
- You can travel with liquids but remember to have them security ready!
- Remember to call the airline and book the bassinet row in advance. These book quickly so the earlier the better and they are a godsend for both parents and baby’s flight comfort.
- Have some toys. Bored babies are crabbity babies!
- Make sure you have spare clothes for you and the baby. Nothing is guaranteed to make a baby poop like the change in cabin pressure!
- Carry medications with you in your hand luggage. By this I mean regular medications your baby may need but also calpol – in case your little ones ear hurt from the pressure and bonjela – you never know when teething may strike.
I know lots of people worry their baby is going to be the one that is crying for the entire flight. In reality, this is unlikely. Be prepared and stay calm and I am sure you will have a stress free flight.
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