Flying with a baby can be a daunting experience, to say the least, and while it does come with its set of challenges, it can actually be smoother than you’d expect. Here are 7 essential tips to remember before flying with baby to helping you glide through it easily. Keep reading to discover how.
Here are 7 Essential Tips to Remember Before Flying with Baby:
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1. Pack Those Basics
Apart from the baby basics like diapers, extra clothes, baby food etc, make sure you also carry your baby’s ID and other important documents especially if you are taking an international trip. It also never hurts to carry your baby’s birth certificate along since different airlines have different rules when it comes to IDs.
2. Start Small
If it is your baby’s first time traveling via air, make sure the journey isn’t too long. Start small let your little one be accustomed to flying short distances first before taking him on that long-haul flight.
3. Be Ahead of Time
Checking into the airport with your baby can take a longer time, so make sure you’re there at least 15 minutes earlier than the time you would have been there. It’s better to go there early than to be late and then rush around with your little one- that chaos can really get on your nerves and disturb your baby too.
4. Pack Light but Smart
You may be tempted to overpack and bring along a lot of ‘just in case’ things while traveling with your baby, but ask anyone who’s done that and you’ll know how that logic is actually flawed. Pack only what you need and you’re absolutely sure you will be using- diapers, bottles, extra clothes etc.
5. Make a Checklist
Creating a checklist of everything you’ll need even before you pack can help make sure that you don’t miss out on anything essential. It’ll also bring more peace to your mind and prevent any last minute rushes.
6. Feed Smart
The takeoff and landing can be a bit of a concern for moms who are traveling with their babies, and that’s exactly why it is a great idea to nurse or feed your baby during this time. The changes in the cabin pressure can affect your baby much more than it affects you, and that’s why feeding during those times can help calm him down.
7. Bring the Entertainment
You may be trying to limit screen time as much as you can for both you and your baby, and while that’s a good idea in general, consider being a bit easy when you’re on the go. Get a few for your baby’s favorite toys or a nice book or a tablet to keep him/her occupied, especially if your flight is longer than your baby’s sleep routine.