If you are preparing for baby’s first flight, there are a few things it can be helpful to keep in mind before you go. These will help you have an easier flight with baby!
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Fly around nap time
If possible, try to schedule your flight during a time when baby needs a nap. This will ensure that you have at least a little bit of rest during your flight and won’t have to entertain baby the whole flight long.
Get some small earmuffs needed for baby’s first plane ride
These are great for making nap time easier. Planes can be noisy which can bother baby. These mini headphones from Pro For Sho are great to use for baby’s first flight. Keep things quiet for baby, and it’s more likely baby will keep everything quieter for you!
Plan to feed the baby during take offs and landings
If you’ve ever been on a flight with another baby, you might have noticed babies usually cry during takeoffs and landings. While ear popping is annoying for adults it can be really painful for babies, especially since they don’t know what is going on. Did you know that nursing the baby or giving her a bottle during landings can help her ears pop faster? This can help you avoid lots of baby tears and screams while the plane changes altitudes.
Bring more clothes/diapers than you think you need
From blowouts to spit up, you never know what might happen on a flight. You don’t want to be stuck without a much-needed diaper or change of clothes. I usually bring double what I think I might need in my carry-on, and sometimes, I’ve needed every bit of it!
Change baby’s diaper before you get on the plane
Airplane bathrooms are not really made for diaper changes, so you want to try to avoid needing to change a diaper on a plane if at all possible. Changing right before you get on the flight can give you better chances of this.
Stock up on new toys
If your baby is old enough to play – bring as many NEW toys as you can. I’ll often hide away a few old favorite toys too a week or two before the flight. Then, when I bring them out on the plane baby will stay entertained by them for twice as much time than if it was a toy she was just playing with yesterday.
Are you prepping for a flight with baby soon? Tell us what you are doing to prepare in the comments!