Post-Wedding Travel: Top Tips for Flying with a Baby (0-12 Months)
Congratulations on your wedding and your new baby! You have just entered a wonderful and exciting phase of your life, where you get to share your love and joy with your partner and your child. If you skipped the honeymoon because you were pregnant 🙂 you may also want to celebrate your marriage and parenthood by traveling to a new destination, or visiting your family and friends. But how do you fly with a baby without losing your sanity?
Flying with a baby, especially one as young as 0-12 months, can be daunting for parents. However, with careful planning and a few expert tips, your journey can be smoother and more enjoyable. As part of our Post-Wedding tips section, in this article, we’ll provide valuable advice for flying with your little one and discuss the benefits of using organic infant formula while traveling.
Preparation is critical when flying with a baby. Make a checklist of essentials such as diapers, wipes, baby food, bottles, and extra clothing. Ensure you have all necessary travel documents, including your baby’s passport and identification.
Choose the Right Flight Time
Opt for flights that align with your baby’s nap schedule or bedtime to maximize the chances of a peaceful journey. Red-eye flights can be particularly useful for this purpose. For more about this topic – read this article.
Although it’s tempting to pack everything you might need, remember that airlines have baggage weight limits. Prioritize packing essentials and consider buying diapers and baby food at your destination.
Select the Right Seat
When booking your flight, try to secure a bulkhead seat with a bassinet option. This extra space can make a significant difference in comfort for you and your baby.
In your carry-on bag, pack items such as baby formula, snacks, toys, and a change of clothes for your baby and yourself. Organic infant formula can be a great choice, offering high-quality nutrition without artificial additives or chemicals. You should also remember to bring a stroller that can be folded and stored in the overhead bin, a travel pillow, blanket and a soothing device for your baby’s comfort.
If you’re formula feeding, ensure you have enough formula for the duration of your flight and some extra for potential delays. Organic infant formula is an excellent option for travel because it’s made from high-quality, natural ingredients and is less likely to cause digestive issues in your baby.
Be prepared for security checks by having baby items easily accessible. Most airports allow you to carry a reasonable amount of liquid formula for your baby, even if it exceeds the standard liquid limit.
If you’re breastfeeding, you have the advantage of being able to feed your baby during takeoff and landing to help with ear pressure changes. Nursing can also provide comfort and help your baby sleep during the flight. For more about this topic – read this post.
Pack a few small toys or a tablet with baby-friendly apps or videos to keep your baby engaged during the flight. Familiar toys can provide comfort and distraction.
Dress your baby in comfortable, layered clothing suitable for the cabin temperature. A light blanket can also come in handy for added coziness.
Patience and Flexibility
Be patient and flexible. Babies can be unpredictable; sometimes, they cry or fuss during the flight. Remember that most passengers understand the challenges of flying with a baby, and flight attendants are there to assist you.
Don’t hesitate to accept help from flight attendants or fellow passengers if offered. Sometimes, a kind word or a helping hand can make a significant difference.
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Flying with a baby aged 0-12 months can be a manageable and enjoyable experience with the right preparation and mindset. Prioritize your baby’s comfort and well-being, whether you’re breastfeeding or using organic infant formula for feeding during the flight. Following these top tips and staying calm and patient, you can make your journey with your little one a smooth and memorable adventure. Safe travels!