First time travelling with kids is always stressful… you’re not sure what to take, how much of it and what you are allowed to take on-board after all! Most of you have already been there, some others are still weighing pros and cons…
So here we are with our own set or information about travelling with kids… one of the most important tips is that of always carrying essential medicines for infants and children in your hand luggage when you go abroad, just in case they get sick on-board. Dizziness and vomiting are the two most common conditions among children during a flight, while the fever is the third most common condition.
Short flights are only obliged to carry basic first aid kits including sticks and bands, and having devices such as asthma inhalers. Airlines often do not carry children, medical emergency on board aircraft. So plan ahead! Let’s check out the other tips together….
A. Clean nappy
Visit the restroom right before you board your lift and change your baby’s nappy. This will make your baby more comfortable; and since most probably you’re flying on short haul flights (especially on your first attempt), you won’t need to change it again on-board!
B. Take advantage of pre-boarding
You may think you should skip the pre-board to ensure spending as little time as possible on the airplane with your little one. But getting situated on board a flight takes more time with a young child. Flying with a baby is stressful enough without having passengers behind you sighing as you struggle to buckle in your little darling.
C. Consider buying a separate airplane seat for your child
I recommend you book a separate seat for your child. Not only is this the safer option, but also it gives your family more room to spread out and relax on the plane. You would have extra space where to put toys, food preparation bags and whatnot too!
D. Gate check baby gear
At no additional charge, most airlines allow parents and caregivers to gate check bulky baby gear like strollers and car seats. Simply request gate check tags from the attendant at your airline’s gate. Attach one tag to each item and deposit it at the bottom of the jetway. Be sure to fold strollers before boarding. Gate checked items will typically be waiting for you in the same spot at your destination when you disembark but sometimes must be retrieved from baggage claim. Check with your airline before your flight regarding their gate check policy.
E. Take double the baby necessities
Take twice as much formula, diapers, bottles, baby food and snacks on the plane than you think you will need. If your plane becomes severely delayed or cancelled, you will thank me. The last thing you want to deal with is a hungry, thirsty, dirty-diapered baby when stuck on the tarmac, circling above a storm, or bedding down in a hotel room for an unexpected overnight.
E. Pack an extra change of clothing for baby and you.
Of course, you will want to pack an extra change of clothing in your carry-on for your baby in case of an unfortunate blow out mid-flight. To avoid this inconvenience, toss a compact outfit for yourself into the diaper bag, too.
F. Protect ears when flying with a baby
Sucking or chewing helps ease ear pain caused by pressure changes in the airplane’s cabin. Take formula or pumped breast milk and give your baby a bottle during take-off and landing so you can keep junior safely buckled. If your child doesn’t take bottles, then a pacifier works, too. You may also want to ask your paediatrician to prescribe ear pain drops before your flight with your baby.
G. Ignore the haters
Sometimes, no matter what you do, your baby is going to cry LOUDLY on the airplane. You can give bottles, try stories and movies, change diapers, and do everything in this list of tips for flying with babies. Still, your child may have a screaming fit in the air. The most important thing is that you try (and that other passengers witness that effort). You have enough to worry about without concerning yourself with every cranky pants on the plane. Take care of your baby, and ignore the haters. Soon enough, your plane will safely land and your family will be ready to explore together.
Flying provides easy access to an array destination possibilities and certainly should not be avoided just because it may come with a few ups and downs. So book that flight and get ready to experience the world anew with your baby!