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15 Helpful Tips For Flying with Babies

By Molly Thornberg |

15 helpful tips for flying with babies

Check out these tips for flying with babies.

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s travel season!  It’s time to pack up your baby and take him or her on their first flight.

Are you ready for this? Fear not! You will make it. Thousands of parents fly each day with their babies and arrive safe, sound and somewhat sane. Don’t let an airplane flight put you into holiday overload!

As with all things babies, flying is just another adventure that will include crying, spit-up, poop and who knows what else.

To help ease the chaos with air travel and babies, check out these 15 helpful tips for flying with babies:

15 Helpful Tips For Flying with Babies

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15 Tips for Flying with Babies

Pack Appropriately

Figure out what you need ahead of time.

Call a hotel to see if their is a crib available. If there is, I recommend bringing your own sheets and wipes to clean it.

Are you going to buy diapers or formula while at your destination? If not, make sure to pack enough.

Pack your carry on with items for the flight.
Bring your babies favorite blanket and toy. Pack a snack. Load up your iPad or phone with your babies favorite movie.
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Read: How to Change a Diaper in an Airplane

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What Tips Would You Add to Traveling By Air With a Baby?


Molly blogs about them kids and geekery for the modern mom. Follow her on Twitter @DigitalMolly.


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2 thoughts on “15 Helpful Tips For Flying with Babies

  1. Meagan says:

    I’ve got a five hour flight with a 7 month old coming up in January. NOT looking forward to it. I’m planning to buy some baby headphones for him (I’ve seen some that size down to a year, and he’s big) and will have either a DROID tablet or an ipad. My biggest worry is changing a diaper during the long flight, and using the restroom myself. Seriously… how? Did I mention I’m flying ALONE?

  2. Jessica says:

    You’ll be fine, Meagan. I traveled alone between the US, Asia and Europe numerous times in my son’s first three years. I brought lots of things to entertain him: books, small puzzles, lots of dollar (or yen, as we were in Japan) store things that you don’t have to worry about. Expect to be “on” the whole time. No naps, relaxing, watching movies, or whatever…you’re just making sure your little one is ok.

    And I’d recommend walking as much as possible with the baby. Stand in the back if you can and stretch you legs.

    International flights might be easier because it’s not so cramped, but I highly recommend walking the aisles. I think we walked the entire flight to Italy when son was three months old.

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