Tips for flying with a newborn

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 Airlinea 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.

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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 stuff.

 

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 scenario.

Board strategically

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 attendants …

Try and make friends with Flight Attendants, because they can help with your kid , should incase you need anything onboard.

Apologize

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 hostility.

 

 

 

 

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