You like traveling a lot and had a plan to travel around the world, but after having your baby suddenly this plan started to fade because you are afraid to fly with your baby!?!
You are not alone, many of us stop traveling or are afraid of traveling with their babies because of flying challenges.
But guess what?! Good news it is not that hard after all!
I will be sharing some tips to make it easier for both of you based on my experience.
1. Choose a convenient flight time for traveling
To make it less tiring for your baby, try to choose your flight time to be not too early nor too late. So your baby’s schedule is not missed up! Personally, I prefer it to be around afternoon. That way he would wake up, have his breakfast and maybe his nap and wake up rested and ready for his flight.
2. Choose a direct flight
Not only for us, but also for our babies flights with connections are very exhausting. Each flight will have two annoying events: takeoff and landing. Keep that in mind! The best thing to do to reduce ear pressure if you can keep him sucking in the takeoff and landing by nursing, a bottle or a pacifier. You don’t want your baby to get so annoyed and cranky.
3. Check the weather condition to your desired destination
No one wants to spend their whole trip worried that their baby will get cold or have a sun stroke. Not too cold and not too hot is the best weather to choose. I know it’s impossible to control the weather. But, always keep in mind that baby’s body needs time to adjust to the new weather.
4. Some Fenistil won’t hurt
Before the flight I always give my baby one suppository and a few drops of Fenistil. You can ask your pediatrician for the exact amount needed for your baby based on his age and weight. This way he will be less sensitive to the pressure and all flying distraction. He might not sleep, but he will remain calm and less annoyed by all the changes!
5. Reserve the seat with a bassinet
Ask to reserve a seat with a bassinet in advance. If it was already taken don’t get upset, just bring your car seat with you. If you are lucky you might find an un-used seat where you can place the car seat in, this way it will be easier for you and him. He will sleep in the car seat while you can have your lunch. Or at least you can get some rest of holding him the whole flight on your laps.
6. Try not to have a carry on
Specially if you are traveling alone. You definitely don’t need anything extra to carry. You will be having a stroller, a car seat, your baby and his bag. What more can you handle!
7. Take extra food
Your flight might get delayed and simply you might run out of your baby’s food, so you better be prepared for that.
8. Comfortable clothes for your baby
Whether it was a long flight or not, your baby better feel comfortable in his clothes. I bit he’d hate spending the whole flight in some unbearable trousers! And don’t forget to take extra clothes, you’ll never know when you’ll need them.
9. Some entertainment is mandatory for your baby
Take his favorite toys or even get some new toys that he’d be exploring for some time. That will help you save your sanity for a while.
10. Lots of wipes and disposable changing pads
Yes! And I really mean a LOT of wipes! You’d be surprised how much you’ll be using those wipes while traveling with baby in different airports.
Do you have more tips? Don’t forget to share them in the comments section:)
Hope you and your lovely baby a safe and comfortable flight!