Travel & Kids: 5 Tips for Flying with your Baby

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 | 4 comments

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The idea of getting on a plane with your baby can be intimidating (maybe even a little scary). After all, most parents have days where just getting out the door for a quick grocery store run is troublesome task with a baby. However, with a little extra careful planning and preparation, there is no reason why you cannot take your bundle of joy on a flight with you.

1. Do you need one seat or two?

Most flights do not require a parent to purchase an extra seat for their baby if they will be in their arms during the flight. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) highly recommends that it is a great deal safer for babies who weigh less than 40 pounds to be secured in their car seat during a plane ride.

2. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

The flight attendants are there to assist. You should always feel completely comfortable asking them for help when needed, especially if you’re traveling alone.

3. Do not worry about the people around you.

Naturally, you want to do what you can to comfort your child when they are crying. However, there are times where a baby is fussy and there really is nothing that you can do. Try not to worry about whether or not your child is disturbing the people around you. Chances are pretty good that a lot of them know exactly what it is you are going through.

4. Get a flight that works for your baby.

After a while, your baby should have a pretty set schedule. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your child is to schedule a flight when they are used to being asleep. This increases the chance that your baby is just going to sleep during the flight.

5. Give yourself plenty of time for surprises.

The general rule of thumb is that you need to arrive at an airport two hours early to make sure you can get through the security and get on your flight on time. However, you never know if your baby is going to throw up or need their diaper changed while you are rushing to your flight. Two hours may seem like a lot of time, but that is not always the case when you have a baby.

If you have a passion for travel, don’t stop moving. At Baby’s Own Room we are all about living active, exciting lives and if your passion happens to be travel, continue the journey. Baby’s don’t change lives but enrich them. See the world with your baby and once they are grown it will be fun to show him or her pictures of the places they’ve traveled to before they even knew how to talk.

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  1. I’ve been flying for 24 years as a Flight Attendant. I must say that this is a great list of tips. My favorite one is to give yourself plenty of time and also making sure to select a flight time that works for baby. I never mind helping out a mom. šŸ™‚ Safe travels!

    • Advice from a true pro! Thank you for your service in the air, we appreciate you making us feel at ease 30,000 feet off the ground. šŸ™‚

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  3. We’ve never flown with the kids because it’s cost prohibitive. Instead, we drive. Even so, points 4 and 5 are still applicable and are great things to consider when you’re travelling no matter where you go or how you get there.

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