Travelling with infants may seem tricky but there are a number of ways you can be prepared to ensure everyone has an enjoyable holiday – parents included. By planning ahead and following these helpful tips, you can make sure both you and your little one are as comfortable as possible on your flight.
Here are our top five tips for flying with infants.
1. Pack your luggage in advance
First, start packing your luggage ahead of time to ensure you don’t forget any of the essentials, especially when it comes to your baby. By thinking ahead and packing well, you’ll make sure you don’t waste your valuable holiday time running around looking for an item you forgot. Make sure you also pack your carry-on bag wisely for easy access, so you don’t have to rummage through your bag in the middle of the aisle to find something right at the bottom.
2. Book a direct flight
If you’re booking a plane flight, make the trip a bit easier on yourself by choosing a direct flight to reduce overall flying time. The faster you make it to your destination, the quicker the holiday fun can begin. Also consider when your baby is at his/her best. For example, many infants are happier in the morning and are getting tired by the afternoon, so where possible, choose a flight time that will best suit your child.
3. Take your baby’s favourite food and toys
Flights can be hard on little ones, so be prepared by packing their favourite toys and food. Most airlines will offer special meals for young ones but this usually needs to be ordered ahead of time. Also, with kids being notoriously fussy eaters, taking onboard your own brands of food may be a good idea to prevent a hungry child.
4. Schedule your baby’s feeding for takeoff and landing
The air pressure change in flights is known to be potentially uncomfortable for babies and young children. Most airlines recommend trying to schedule your baby’s feeding times for takeoff and landing where possible, which can ease their discomfort.
5. Ask for an aisle seat
Ask for a seat close to the bathroom that has a change table (not every bathroom on a plane will have one). Choosing an aisle seat can also be helpful so you can get in and out of your seat with minimal disturbance to other passengers.
Also, take time to consider the type of accommodation you would prefer at your destination and call ahead to see if your hotel can organise child friendly amenities for you. Some family friendly hotels will provide baby cots, blankets or toiletries on request.
At the end of the day, travelling with children can be unpredictable but enjoy the ride as they are only young once!