How do you keep a baby or infant of 3 to 6 months happy while flying on an airplane? Use these 10 rule of thumb guidelines and tips for air travel with babies.
FLIGHTS WITH A BABY: Flying with an infant older than three months means mom and dad will be busy.
Nonetheless, it is usually a rewarding and fun time to travel with your baby on a plane. You can make it even easier with these helpful tips for parents flying with a baby or infant.
Unlike newborns, older babies are becoming more alert at this age. Part of being a parent means figuring out what kind of routine your baby needs and when they need it.
Flying, or traveling, with a small infant or baby should not be too much of a challenge. They are not likely to be mobile kids and still restricted to a liquid diet. Thus, it is easier to calculate their feed and sleep times.
Babies should be comfortable while getting carted around in an infant carrier. Being contented to ride in a stroller rules out some of the higher stress factors associated with baby flights and air travel.
Tips for Baby's Carry-on Bag
As a rule, you can buy baby food and milk after the screening process at the security check. Baby items on the shelves are pre-screened so you will not have to verify these yourself.
Some airports operate a reserve-and-collect service for formula milk. So, you can book your chosen brand of formula with your airline and collect it at the departure lounge.
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The carry-on bag for your baby should include:
A good supply of wet wipes, nappies, and nappy sacks with a small wash bag for carrying them to the washroom.
Several sterilized baby dummies.
Your baby's sheet and blanket because the familiar smell is comforting for your baby.
Spare clothes for your infant and consider bringing a change of clothes for you (in case of dribbles).
Pack some baby spoons and bibs in your carry-on bag if your tot is already on solid foods.
A couple of your baby's favorite toys are always recommended (and a new one too).
Carry a few muslin cloths to wipe up accidents and possets (also a cover if you are one of the breastfeeding moms).
Be sure to carry enough formula milk and food for your infant to consume for the journey.
Your favorite book or tablet for your relaxation while your baby is sleeping.
As a rule, most airlines provide nappies and wipes. But, it would be risky to rely on that. There is also no guarantee they will have the right size for your baby (better to take your own).
Be extra scrupulous with hygiene. You are sharing the plane with other passengers as well as their coughs, colds, and germs.
Airlines do not usually regulate fold-away umbrella pushchairs as part of your luggage.
Secure a luggage tag on the baby's pushchair at check in, and attach your contact details.
Often, the baby can ride in the pushchair to the plane door. But, you should then hand it to the cabin crew and collect it when you land.
Babies must get taken out of the pushchair when you go through security. This is because the stroller will have to be security-screened.
Final Tip: Most parents find it exhausting to fly with a baby or infant. Be sure to plan some rest and relaxation time immediately after you all arrive at your destination.