Melissa Rycroft is taking her baby girl Ava on her first plane ride today. The new mom is a little anxious about how the not-quite 4 month-old will do on the flight, so she took to twitter to ask for suggestions for tips on flying with a baby.
Here are the tips she received, though I like what Melissa Rycroft tweeted the best- it’s really the most realistic when you dealing with a baby on a plane:
1. Bottle on take off and landing. Or nurse your baby, if you are a breastfeeding mom. Sucking helps their little ears.
2. Pacifiers. Again with the sucking. An older child could have a lollipop. A pacifier might also help your baby to go to sleep in flight and a sleeping baby makes for a happy mama. And happy passengers all around you.
3. Toys. A mix of favorites and ones that baby hasn’t seen before. For older babies: games and movies.
4. Remain calm. If you are freaking out, baby will sense this. Also, there really isn’t a whole lot you can do so you might as well stay calm.
5. Ignore people who are upset at crying. Really, what do they think? That you aren’t doing everything you possibly can to stop your baby from crying? That you didn’t realize that other people don’t want to hear that? Oh gee, thanks for telling me that I should get my baby to stop crying.
Melissa Rycroft tweeted this before getting on the plane this morning: Dear all passengers flying to LA this PM on Virgin: “I apologize in advance for the screaming baby on board-I’ll do my best to find her mother”
What is your best tip for flying with a baby?