There are many tips for flying with a baby on the internet. We have had good experiences and bad. It may also sound daunting but from our experience it’s a lot easier flying with a baby than a toddler/pre-schooler. No tantrums to put up with…well we hope not.
Most airlines will allow your baby to fly from two weeks old (14 days), however it is best checking with individual airlines on their policy as it can be as early as two days old.
Top Tips For Flying With A Baby
Pram or Carrier
Check out our section on whether or not to take a pram with you. You could also use a wrap or baby carrier to get your baby around the airport. We have a Boba 4g.
Milk or Dummy
To use during take off and landing. If your baby is awake then let them feed (bottle or breast) or if they take a dummy let them suck on it. It will help their ears as if they get sore they will be unhappy and cry or scream. If they are sleeping you don’t have to wake them as we have found it doesn’t seem to affect them if they are fast asleep.
Just in case they are sick or have an exploda poo, you can then clean them up and get them clean and dry again
Extra Tops for Mum and Dad
Again in case you get covered in the above – it does happen. Both our sons have had bad reflux so we have to take beach sized towels with us to catch what comes back up!
This will all depend on the age of your baby. Newborn babies don’t tend to need any toys as they just sleep, eat and poo! Older the baby you may wish to take some books, favourite toys or a DVD player with some favourite cartoons on them
Enough milk/food to last first 24 hours
Especially if you bottle feed, make sure you take enough formula in hand luggage with bottles. This is just in case bags are lost or you are delayed. Enough snacks to last as well as they do come in handy ( if baby is old enough). Our sons have both been on prescription formula for been dairy intolerant so we always make sure we have enough as it may not be available in the country you are going too (do your research before you go and see if the formula you use is available where you are going.)
Planes do get cold sometimes when flying so a blanket in your hand luggage can be helpful to keep baby warm.
Seat for baby
Depending if you are flying long haul or not, you can purchase a seat for your baby so they don’t have to sit on your lap the whole time. If you didn’t want to buy a seat for them then you can always chance your luck and ask when on board and see if there is a spare seat available for them to sit in. Check with your airline to see what their policy is for babies having their own seat.
Does anyone else have any of their own top tips for flying with a baby? Then let us know! If you are flying with a toddler then check out our flying with a toddler/pre-schooler top tips blog.
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