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6 Things that Make Flight Travel with a Baby Stress-Free

Monday, 24 June 2013
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Your baby is your bundle of joy, but travel with him or her, and youÔÇÖll begin to doubt this truth. Your bundle of joy turns cranky and cries incessantly while you keep juggling your luggage and your baby. And if you are travelling alone with your baby, the experience could feel overwhelming.

Travel with an infant need not be a lesson in exhaustion. As a parent, you can create your own good experience and have not just a good flight but a memory to cherish as well. Attention to baby travel essentials can help you reduce your woes when travelling with a baby.

Simple things such as what you are packing and what you are not, can remove a great deal of tension from your travel. ItÔÇÖs equally important to take care of yourself on the travel. Travel with a baby requires great deal of energy; so, ensure that you maintain constant levels of energy to keep you going on air and on the ground.


Here are a few things that you need to pay attention to, to make your travel enriching and enjoyable:


Decide if your Baby Travel Plans are Feasible

While there are no specific age limits for baby travel, it always helps to be sure about it, for your babyÔÇÖs safety. Visit your babyÔÇÖs doctor and discuss about your travel plans. If your baby is just few weeks old, your doctor may suggest postponing your air travel. If your baby is several weeks old and is attuned to a routine at home, he or she may not take to the travel smoothly. If your baby has a lung condition, air travel may not be recommended given the difference in air pressure in flight journeys. Check with your babyÔÇÖs doctor about the best course of action.


Talk to your Airline Service Provider

If your travel plans have been approved by your babyÔÇÖs doctor, and you have moved on to book a flight, take time and efforts to choose an airline service that is more baby-friendly. Call potential airline services and enquire about their rules and regulations for passengers travelling with a baby.

Regulations differ for each airline service. Some airlines, for example, do not allow infants less than 7 days old. Facilities for passengers travelling with a baby, too, differ from one service provider to the other. Some airlines may offer baby travel gear, including bassinets, strollers, baby-friendly toilets, and even assistance in handling babies. Enquire about the facilities that the airlines can offer before booking a ticket.

Airline services also have specific regulations for passengers travelling with infants. Some airlines may restrict the number of babies a passenger can carry. Some airlines may allow you to bring your car seats whereas some may want you to purchase. Get to know all the details so you donÔÇÖt have any surprises later.

Check if there are any special privileges for passengers travelling with a baby. Certain airlines give special preference to people travelling with infants on their boarding procedures. Be informed so you can avail such services and make your journey more convenient.


Pack Travel Accessories for Babies

Pack several pairs of clothing, diapers, tissues, anti-rash lotions, towels, baby changing mats, bibs, pacifiers, and your babyÔÇÖs favourite toys to keep him or her distracted on flight.

Include foods that your baby is currently feeding on including breast milk or infant formula, in amounts as permitted by your airline service.


Pack as Light as Possible

This is easier said than done, especially when it comes to travelling with a baby. Still, donÔÇÖt leave out on opportunities that can reduce the weight of your travel luggage. For example, carry items such as diapers and baby soaps only as much as you need till landing at the destination; you can always buy such items at the destination except if you are sure that these items will not be available at the visiting place.


Take In-Flight Precautions

The change in air pressure during flight journeys should not be a problem for your baby provided he or she doesnÔÇÖt have a medical history. Give your baby something to suck on, say a pacifier, to keep pressure stable in the ears.

Using medication to put babies to sleep during flight journey is not at all recommended by medical experts. Refrain from administering any such medication without prior approval from your babyÔÇÖs doctor.


Keep your Baby Occupied

Use a pacifier, a teething ring, or some other object that your baby routinely chews on, to keep him or her occupied during the flight. You can also cover your baby in a blanket with a favourite toy tucked in his or her arms. Move around to soothe your baby to sleep if he or she is being cranky, provided the flight staff permits you to move around.


Travel with a baby takes practice. The pressure of organising and executing your travel reduces with each journey, and you will begin enjoying your babyÔÇÖs company more. Look forward to a pleasant trip the next time you travel with your little darling!


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