Baby's First vacation: 3 Tips and Tricks for Flying with Baby
It's time for your baby's first vacation--- How exciting! And... intimidating, right? Whether you're an experienced follower of wanderlust or and anxious traveler in general, baby changes everything (as always).
Traveling with a child, especially a baby, is definitely different and has it's own unique points of stress but with the necessary information and a few tips and tricks in mind, you will still be able to have an enjoyable trip.
1. have a helping hand
Traveling with a baby is a handful, literally and figuratively. If at all possible, you'll want to travel with another adult if only to have an extra set of hands for the additional bags but even more so for the moral support and the chance to have a break.
(Pssst, our Newborn Care Services are available for traveling families if you need even more helping hands)
2. before the trip, decide where baby will sit
While children under the age of two can share a seat with your on the plane free of charge, the safest option is purchasing a ticket for baby and having him or her strapped into their carseat during the flight in case of emergency or turbulence. This, of course, means an additional cost to consider for the additional ticket.
If you do decide to purchase a separate ticket for your baby, make sure your carseat is FAA approved for airline travel: It will have "this restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircrafts" printed on the side.
If you're not planning on bringing the carseat on board, make sure to gate check it so you'll have it until you board and there's less chance of damage from being handled by the airline. You also may want to purchase a carseat bag to protect your seat.
3. avoid popping ears (and the tears that come with it)
Even as adults, we know that the ear popping that comes with changing air pressure on a plane is no fun. Imagine how a baby with no idea what's going on feels!
To help relieve pressure on your baby's ears, try to time up feeding with take off and landing. If this isn't possible because of time or baby being strapped into their carseat, offer a pacifier instead and a toy for distraction.