In general, doctors recommend you wait to fly until your baby’s
immune system is better developed. This could be as soon as one month for
full-term infants, though most doctors recommend anywhere between three months
and six months.
Premature babies or babies with heart or lung problems may have
difficulty breathing because of the lower air pressure in an airplane cabin. If
that’s your child, talk to your pediatrician before flying.
Airlines differ in their policies
on infants flying. On Delta Airline, a baby has to be more than one week old to travel. Younger infants
can travel with a doctor’s permission.
Flying with a newborn can be challenging for everyone – parents,
fellow travelers, and the baby. However, with a little advance prep everyone
can get through it just fine. Here are some tips to ease the stress of flying
with a baby.
Don’t forget the birth
certificate and passport
A birth certificate can establish that an infant is young enough
to fly on your lap – or old enough to fly, period.
However, a passport requires a birth certificate, and you probably
won’t get a birth certificate the day your baby is born.
While you’re waiting for the birth certificate to be processed,
fill out the passport application and take your baby’s passport photos.
As soon as you get the birth certificate, apply in person at the
nearest office that accepts passport applications. If necessary, pay extra to
expedite the application.
Make smart reservations
Book early and/or pay extra so you’re not stuck in middle seats.
Be aware of your baby’s routines, especially bedtimes and nap
times, and look for flights when your baby is more apt to sleep.
Question bringing everything
Don’t overpack, You’re going to have enough to deal with with your
baby without having to worry about all your stuff. Have changing and diaper
stuff at the top of your bag so it’s easy to grab, but don’t bring too much
You can basically get through with wipes, food, and diapers, but
the other thing I would always recommend is one of those really big,
lightweight cotton swaddle blankets. We’d use it for everything – for a nursing
cover, to lay on the ground, to put the baby on, and so much more.
Bring the fuel
Newborns can easily get dehydrated when they’re in the dry
atmosphere of an airplane cabin. You know what your child wants/needs, so make
sure there’s plenty of it.
If you’re breastfeeding, staying hydrated is a must; if you’re
pumping, pump extra and keep it on hand. Always be prepared for the worst-case
Take full advantage of the early-boarding invitation for
passengers, but don’t actually board your baby.
If you can spare the hands, send an adult on to prep the seats,
stow the diaper bags, and arrange swaps if necessary. Then board your baby at
the very end of the line to avoid the stampede.
Make friends with the flight
Try and make friends with Flight Attendants, because they can help
with your kid , should incase you need anything onboard.
You can’t stop your baby from crying on a plane any more than you
can at home. And sometimes we have to accept that people around us are going to
be unhappy about that. But if you’re doing your best to soothe your baby, what
more can people ask for?
Not much more than a simple apology. When you sincerely apologize
in these situations, you’re more likely to get sympathetic nods instead of