If you have read article about Tips for Traveling with Baby as well as best pack and play review, you might know that preparing proper baby’s gear is very important to ensure that you have a good trip.
There are certain more tips to ensure that you will have a smooth time when you travel with your baby such as bringing entertainments and preparing meals for your baby.
However, when you come to your destination and have fun with your baby is a problem, getting to that specific destination is another problem which needs to be addressed as well.
When you have to take a long haul flight with your baby, anything could happen. You should mentally prepare and equip yourself with knowledge and ideas of what you should do to ensure you and your baby will have a smooth flight together.
Here are some tips you need to know when you take a flight with your baby:
1/ Plan Your Seat
When you book for your ticket, remember to specify your needs that you are going to fly with a baby. In the plane, there are not all the seats that you and your baby can sit. Let your agent know ahead of time so they will book your seat soon in advance.
If you can choose, pick one that is nearby the window so it will not block other passengers’ access if they want to go out.
Secondly, pick the one that is as near to the pilot as possible. The back of the plane is noisier than the top. It also tends to vibrate more which may make your baby feel more uncomfortable.
Furthermore, to ensure the safety of your baby during the flight, you need to use a safety seat and buy a separate ticket for your baby. You can hold him in your lap but it is more dangerous if the plane goes into turbulence area and vibrates rigorously.
You can bring along your baby’s car seat which needs to state that it is safe to use on the plane.
2/ Take Care of Your Baby Needs
During the flight, especially when the plane takes on and takes off, it changes the altitude dramatically, which may lead to the numbness and painful feeling in your baby’s ears, making him cry.
To prevent that from happening, you can give him something to suck on to reduce and get risk of the pain. Give him his baby bottle or his pacifier. You can also breastfeed him during this time. When your baby gets fed from you, not only does he not feel the painful ears but he also feel more secured when you hug him.
Bring more supplies to the plane. You should estimate roughly how many diapers your baby may need and bring them with you on your carryon luggage. There are also several items that you need to bring with you such as wet baby wipes, your baby’s favorite toys and new one in case your baby gets bored.
3/ Choose Child-friendly Airlines
Another important thing that you may do to ensure a smooth flight with your baby is making sure that you get much support from other people.
It is quite hard to know which airlines is child friendly one. In fact, it also depends on the cabin crew and their moods that day. However, you can get a broad overview of the airline’s reputation with customer services, especially with baby, by looking at various forums where people who have been taking flight with their baby come to share their experience.
Be sure to check the airport facilities as well. There may be a lot of playgrounds where you can let your baby play in while waiting for your flight.
4/ Allow for Extra Times
When you travel with your baby, try to go to the airport earlier than you normally do and allow for extra times for everything from checking in to boarding your plane.
Even though you might get priority in the waiting line, you will never know what happen. Imagine that you are running to the boarding gate and it soon closing, and then you find out that your child has a poo. That would be a nightmare I have to say.
Every first time is a hard time and traveling with your baby in a plane for the first time is no exception. You need to prepare well by choosing the airplane as well as the seat carefully. You also need to pack extra supplies. During the flight, you also need to prevent your children from getting ear pain and pay attention to it all the time.
No matter what you do, the most important thing is keeping calm. If you are stressed, not only do you achieve nothing but you only make thing worse. Stay positive and everything will be alright.
There are many things that you need to remember which seem a little bit overwhelming. However, after the first flight, you will see the second and the thirds come as easy and smooth. With your experience as well as your preparation, I am sure that you will have so many good times in the future with your baby.