Even to a seasoned traveler, air travel seems rather demanding – more to the mind than to the body. To an infant, the whole prospect can be quite intimidating. So if you have a baby and if you’re planning to travel with him or her, you must take certain precautions to ensure your little love has a safe and fun flight.
And to do that, you need to start even before you book your ticket. Research numerous airlines and all their different policies. Although you may not find many differences, some airlines will be more flexible as far as travelling with a baby is concerned, so book your tickets with them. If possible, choose seats that are closer to the lavatories so that you don’t have to travel halfway across the plane every time your kid wets his or her diaper. Also, select a flight during off-peak hours because there is a good chance that you’ll find some empty seats which you can utilize. Besides, it’s always wise to select a flight at a time when your baby usually sleeps.
The next thing to do is to make a list of supplies you need to carry on the plane. These will usually include toys, extra diapers, snacks, and just about everything you feel your baby will need. The most important thing to keep in mind is to pack extra supplies of everything essential. If you’ve booked a seat for the baby as well, then bringing an airline approved car seat is a must. You must also not forget ear muffs or any other similar device that will help protect your baby’s ears during take-off and landing.
While you’re on the flight, there are several things you could do to ensure that your little one is comfortable. Firstly, give the baby something to swallow during take-off and landing as it will help reduce the discomfort in his or her ears. Second, if your child gets restless and agitated, present him or her with the toys that you’ve brought along. It’s always wise to give your baby one new toy at a time so that he or she remains curious and engaged throughout the duration of the flight. Finally, to make sure that your baby is comfortable, change his or her posture every once in a while. You could also take your child for a small walk down the aisle to reduce boredom.
Of course, you cannot entirely eliminate the discomfort your baby will have to face in a plane journey; you can only reduce it. What’s important though, is to ensure your child’s safety during the journey. With these tips, you can do just that. And who knows, your baby might just end up enjoying the trip.