Flying with your baby can be a little, how should I say this…nerve-racking. It would be great to bring baby on board and impress all the travelers with a sleeping bundle of joy, but that might not be the case. These 10 tips for flying with baby can help make the whole process a little easier…
10 Tips for Flying with Baby 1 of 11
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Pack New Toys 2 of 11
Bring a few new toys for Baby to play with that he/she has never seen before.
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Feed While Taking Off & Landing 3 of 11
Since babies cannot pop their ears, feeding them can help with the discomfort.
Photo via Next Generation Food.
Red-Eye Doesn’t Always Mean Shut-Eye 4 of 11
While some babies may sleep wonderfully during a red-eye, others can become too excited by the new environment and not sleep at all. Flying during the day through nap time might be your best bet, so they can still get a good sleep at night if they don't conk out.
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Baby May Fly Free 5 of 11
Before you buy your ticket, check to see if your baby (under 2 years) flies for free on the airline for the U.S. domestic flight.
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Avoid Layover 6 of 11
Direct flights can be a lot easier than having to take Baby off the plane and then onto another one.
Photo via Baby Picz.
More Space in Bulkhead 7 of 11
Try to call ahead of time to get a bulkhead seat. There will be more space for you to put all of Baby's belongings and they may have a bassinet.
Photo via Ciao Bambino.
Give Yourself Time 8 of 11
The last feeling you'll want to have, on top of stressing about flying with a baby, is stressing that you won't make your flight on time.
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Warm Chamomile 9 of 11
If Baby is not into taking milk or formula, a wam bottle of diluted Chamomile tea can help calm them.
Photo via Sleep, Baby, Sleep.
Bring a Baby Carrier 10 of 11
There's a chance you will have to do some walking through the aisles with your baby. A baby carrier can definitely help in these situations.
Photo via Mommy and the Bunny.
Make a List 11 of 11
Write up a list before you leave of all the things you might need on the flight. Check it twice.
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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.