Planning to fly with a baby?
Before you grab you backpack and your baby and fly off to some tropical paradise around the world, there are a few things to consider.
Is it possible to reach your destination with a direct flight or do you need multiple stopovers? If multiple stopovers are necessary you might want to consider a night in a hotel during one of the stopovers to catch your breath. Flying with a baby is not relaxing, except when you fly at night.
We are always looking for a long flight at night and then stopovers during daytime. We have tried stopovers at night with crying confused baby wanting to sleep and it cannot be recommended. It is worth paying a little extra for the right departure times.
When you fly longdistance remember to order a baby bassinet. It is great being able to put baby to sleep in its own bed instead of having the baby sleep on your lab.
Take off and landing
During take off and landing your baby has to be seated at your lab wearing a seatbelt. Bring some interesting new toys, baby books and snack to keep the baby busy.
If you are still breastfeeding it might be a good idea to do so during take off and landin to relieve the pressure in your babys ears. If you don’t breastfeed bring a bottle with water and a pacifier – the swallowing will relieve the pressure in your babys ears.
What to bring into the aircraft?
You will want to bring some extra clothes for the baby, but you might also want to consider bringing a new t-shirt for yourself, especially if you have a baby who spits after being fed.
If baby is using a pacifier, you will want to bring some of those. Always have at least one extra. It might be a good idea using a pacifier clip, so you don’t need to crawl around on the floor searching for the pacifier.
Bring a blanket or duvet. The aircon can be really cold on the long distance flights.
If your baby is a light sleeper consider bringing earmuffs. Our boy was a light sleeper. We experienced several times that we finally succeeded in getting him to sleep. A few minutes later thecaptain announces something in the speakers, and then we could start all over trying to make him sleep again. The earmuffs helped our boy continue to sleep.
If your baby is eating porridge/babyfood bring:
- A bib
- Porridge or baby food
- Plastic boxes with a lit. Then you can just put the lit on afterwards and the baby will not be able to make a mess, before you are able to take the food away.
- Thermos – with hot water. Then you can mix infant formula and porridge. You can always have it filled in the airplane with help from the stewardess.
- Diapers and a few plastic bags to put the diaper in afterwards before throwing it in the bin