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25 Tips to Get You Through a Flight with a Baby

If you are thinking of travelling with your little bundle of joy, it is normal to have some worries and concerns, especially if it is the first time.

You would be surprised how well some babies take it when it comes to flying. However, even so, you need some tips and tricks up your sleeves to make the flight smoother, more comfortable, and even more enjoyable for you and your child.

Here are our top 25 tips to get you through a flight with a baby;

Image: A photo of a baby cosily nestled under a purple blanket, looking peaceful, calm, and tender.

Before You Go

1. Choose the Right Flight Time

Opt for flights during your baby’s nap time or bedtime to increase the chances of a peaceful journey. A well-rested baby is more likely to be calm during the flight.

2. Pack Wisely

Bring essentials like diapers, wipes, snacks, and extra clothes in your carry-on bag. It's better to have more than you think you will need, just in case of delays.

3. Check Airline Policies

Familiarise yourself with the airline's policies regarding infant travel, such as seat assignments and baggage allowances. This will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises at the airport.

4. Bring Important Documents

Carry your baby's identification, birth certificate, and any other necessary travel documents, to ensure a smooth check-in process.

At the Airport

5. Arrive Early

Give yourself plenty of time to check in, go through security, and settle in before the flight. This will help reduce stress and allow you to attend to your baby's needs without rushing.

6. Gate Check Stroller and Car Seat

Most airlines allow you to check these items at the gate for easy access upon arrival. This is especially helpful for navigating the airport much easier.

7. Use a Baby Carrier

Keep your hands free by using a baby carrier to navigate the airport. It can also help soothe your baby and keep them close to you.

Image: A photo of a beautiful baby girl sitting in a stroller, wearing a floral headband.

During the Flight

8. Feed During Takeoff and Landing

Nursing or giving a bottle can help alleviate ear pressure during altitude changes and also keep your baby calm and content.

9. Pack Snacks

Bring snacks that are easy to eat and not too messy to help keep your baby occupied and satisfied during the flight.

10. Bring Comfort Items

Pack a favourite toy or blanket to help soothe your baby. Having familiar items can provide comfort and security during the flight.

11. Dress Comfortably

Dress your baby in layers for changing temperatures on the plane. Comfortable clothing can help your baby relax and sleep better.

12. Entertainment

Bring a few toys or books to keep your baby entertained. It can also help distract your baby during the flight.

13. Walk Around

Take short walks up and down the aisle to prevent restlessness or help calm a fussy baby.

14. Use the Changing Table

Most aeroplane bathrooms are equipped with changing tables. Be prepared to change your baby's diaper as needed during the flight.

15. Be Prepared for Accidents

Pack extra diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag. Accidents happen, so it's best to be prepared.

Image: A photo of passengers seated inside an aeroplane during a flight, with some using phones and others watching TV for entertainment.

Sleeping Tips

16. Create a Comfortable Environment

Bring a travel pillow or blanket to help your baby sleep comfortably during the flight.

17. Stick to Routine

Try to maintain your baby's sleep routine as much as possible. This can help your baby adjust to the new environment and sleep better.

18. Block Out Light and Noise

Use a sleep mask or blanket to create a dark, quiet environment to help your baby sleep better during the flight.

General Tips

19. Be Flexible

Travelling with a baby can be unpredictable, so be prepared to adjust your plans as needed. Flexibility can help reduce stress and make the journey more enjoyable.

20. Ask for Help

Don't hesitate to ask flight attendants or fellow passengers for assistance if you need it. Most people are understanding and willing to help.

21. Stay Hydrated

Keep yourself and your baby hydrated throughout the flight as dehydration can make your baby irritable and uncomfortable.

22. Stay Positive

A positive attitude can make a big difference in how you and your baby experience the flight. Try to focus on the adventure ahead rather than the challenges.

23. Be Mindful of Others

Try to be considerate of other passengers, but also remember that babies cry, and it's a normal part of their communication. Apologise if your baby is particularly fussy, but don't let it stress you out.

After the Flight

24. Take Your Time

Allow yourself and your baby some time to adjust after the flight. Jet lag and travel fatigue can affect both of you, so take it easy.

25. Rest and Relax

Flying with a baby can be exhausting, so take some time to rest and recover. Don't feel guilty about taking it easy after a long journey. Also, don’t forget to double-check your belongings to make sure you haven't left anything behind on the plane. It is easy to forget things when you are juggling a baby and luggage.

Image: A photo of a mother lovingly cradling her baby, showing a beautiful and heartwarming moment.


Finally, don't let your child stop you from going on that vacation or visiting family or friends across the state. It may seem like a hustle but it really is not that bad, and travelling with your baby makes it all worth it.

Consider sharing your tips and experiences with other parents too to help them prepare for their own flights with a baby. Your insights can be invaluable to others facing similar challenges.

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