Things You Need to know When Flying With A Baby
Living far away from family means you travel. Over the years I have done my fair share of flying. Within the last 3 years I have flown multiple times by myself with my children. Anyone who has ever flown knows it isn’t the most enjoyable thing to do. Add a baby, toddler, or both to the mix and it can become a nightmare. So hopefully the the tips and tricks I picked up along the way will help you when you are flying with your baby.
Packing For the Airport
Before leaving for the airport there are essentials you will need on the plane for the baby. Always make sure you have plenty of snacks and toys to distract baby while on the plane, plenty of diapers and wipes, an extra change of clothes for you and baby, and of course bottle supplies. You will want easy access to these, I recommend placing the diaper bag under the seat in front of you.
Making Your Way Through Security
The safest place for a baby or toddler on a airplane is in their carseat and strapped in. When going through security follow these steps:
- Put all personal items on the conveyor belt (e.g. bags, shoes, etc..)
- Take baby with carseat off stroller, place baby next to you
- Fold down stroller
- Take baby out of carseat
- Place carseat on conveyor belt
- Wait in line with baby and stroller in hand
- Hand stroller to TSA agent
- Walk through metal detector
The TSA agent will check out the stroller and hand it back after you clear the metal detector. Unfold stroller, place baby back in carseat. Put carseat and baby back in stroller and grab your belongings. This will take time, do not be in a rush. What I mean is don’t worry about the people behind you huffing and puffing. They just have their one little monogrammed bag, you have your family and kitchen sink, it takes time.
Getting On The Plane
Most airlines provide family boarding which allows people with small children to board ahead of everyone else. This is very helpful, especially when your arms are full and you have to install a carseat. Before boarding, gate check your stroller and carry baby and the carseat on to the plane. I’m sure you can assume what to do next, find your seat, install carseat, place bags in appropriate areas, and finally sit down in your seat and try to take a deep breath!
Flying With Baby
During take off and landing baby needs to be safely secured in their seat, this way you know baby is safe in case there are any issues taxiing down the run way or if landing is rough. Also remember to feed baby or offer a paci during take off and landing so the pressure doesn’t hurt those sweet ears. When the fasten seatbelt sign goes off, you are safe to take baby out of carseat and hold. Good luck on your flying adventure I hope these tips are useful!