The summer holidays are here and we are actually allowed abroad this year. I think we are, aren’t we? To be honest, I don’t watch the news and I can’t keep up with watch is amber or green (not even sure what that means!). Anyway, if you are jet setting this summer and taking your baby along too, this guest post is for you. You can’t just jump on a plane with a baby without doing some prep first – trust me! This guest post has lots of tips to help you have a stress free flight with your baby. Happy holidays!
6 Tips For Having A Stress Free Flight With a Baby
One of the most daunting challenges that any parent could face would be flying their baby. Navigating the airport is already very stressful alone, but having a baby take along is only going to be more stressful. There are thankfully tips for managing this method of travel with an infant. Continue reading on to learn how to survive a flight when packing your baby.
Look at the airport layout before arrival
When having a family day out, it’s best to look into simple ways to manage it. This is fairly simple, you’ll just need to study up on the airport map before you and your family arrive at the airport. Bonus points if you’ve been to the airport multiple times. This way, you don’t have to frantically find the gate or where the nearest restrooms are.
Visit the restroom before flying
You’ll want to have your baby in a clean diaper when boarding the plane. So be sure to take them to the restroom a couple of times before boarding begins. This way you can have extra protection for your baby and one less trip in the tiny airplane restroom. Doing this is also best because there could be turbulence during the flight, meaning you won’t be able to get out of your seat.
Book a direct flight
Depending on how long the flight is, it may be best to just book a direct flight. Having multiple connecting flights within one day could cause your baby to be in pain. Having one direct flight will help alleviate any stress. But if there has to be a connecting flight, then it’s best if it’s a long layover. This is due to the possible pain and pressure that babies can get due to take-off and landing. Having at least two to four hours in between flights can help a lot. Plus this is a great time to clean diapers, feed your infant some Alula Australia, and you can eat some non-airplane food. t
Look into curbside check-in
Traveling with a baby will require packing a lot of items such as a car seat, stroller, diaper bag, food, toys, etc. You will be packing a lot of luggage which on its own can be super stressful. Curbside check-in is such a great way to quickly have all of your luggage checked in before having to stand in a long line inside the airport. Porters will be helping, so be sure to tip them as well.
Buy a seat for the baby
This depends on some airlines because some require it, while for other airlines it’s just optional. If you can afford it, it’s best to book an extra seat. Babies will have a much easier time falling asleep in a car seat than being bounced on your lap during the flight. This also gives the parent a chance to just sit comfortably and relax during the flight as well.
Look into priority boarding
Sometimes passengers with infants can get access to early boarding. You’ll just need to ask the airline if it’s possible and whether or not there is a fee for it. This is a good head start to being stress-free for the duration of your flight.
Have you ever been on a flight with a baby? Got any tips or horror stories to share? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.