Travelling with a baby is a logistical challenge at the best of times, but planning an airplane journey could turn out to be a stressful parenting experience, unless you prepare for it beforehand.
One of the issues associated with air travel that you can’t legislate for is when your flight is delayed, and according to a care and assistance survey carried out by Bott & Co Solicitors, you may not always get as much assistance or information from the airline as you might have hoped, but at least you can prepare your baby for the flight itself.
There is a cost implication attached of course, but it is often worth considering the option of buying your baby -depending on their age – their own seat next to yours on the plane, rather than just settling for having them on your lap or at least try to make sure you can book a bassinet seat so you have your arms free during some of the flight. Bear in mind that during any turbulence or during take off and landing you won’t be allowed to keep the baby in the bassinet, so sleep will be quite interrupted – so much like a normal night with a baby then 😉 With this in mind, although you may not particularly fancy the idea of lugging their usual car seat around the airport, the familiar feel of their usual seat, could help them to settle
better throughout the journey.
It is always best to check with your airline regarding their travel restrictions and requirements for babies, as many are likely to weight restrictions for the child, which might dictate your travelling options and whether they are on your lap or need a separate seat.
Consider a travel pram
You probably won’t find it too difficult to find someone who has taken their regular stroller with them on a plane journey, only to find that it has been damaged in some way by the time it comes back into your possession via the baggage reclaim carousel.
Finding your usual mode of transport has been damaged is a source of frustration and is going to raise the stress levels. This is why it often works out to be a good tactic to consider buying a slightly cheaper but perfectly serviceable stroller – if not simply relying on a sling – you can take with your when you fly with your baby. You can normally pick up a suitable stroller that will do the job safely for a budget price. That way, you won’t be so stressed if it does get damaged in transit, and at least you have the option of your usual pram when you return home from your flight.
Plenty of supplies
You will already be aware that travelling light when it comes to babies, takes a bit of forethought.
Nappies, food, change of clothes, the list of supplies that you need to travel with is a fairly long one. Travelling with plenty of supplies to hand is particularly paramount when you are planning to take a flight with your baby, so that you can cater for their needs
just as easily when you are thousands of miles in the air, as you could do anywhere else.
Babies and flights are not always an agreeable mix, but there are at least some things you can do to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
Carl Simmons has a 9 month old daughter who has turned his world upside down, in a good way! Suddenly going from the care-free traveller to the one with the crying baby on a packed night flight, Carl is sharing his travel tips with other new parents.