Flying with the family can be a challenging task, but still can be managed to everyone’s enjoyment. Now, the challenge slightly goes up if you have an infant with you. Again, this should not stop you from traveling or should be looked on as an inconvenience. This is simply a minor challenge that you can overcome. You just need to know how to do it and might take some getting used to. Here are a few things that might help you overcome the challenge of your first flight with your small bundle of joy:
- Families with children must board first
Major airlines like American, Delta, Spirit, United, and Virgin have almost similar policies in allowing Adults with children under age 2 (some allow as young as 6 and below) to board first. This policy can actually help you get comfy before a whole crowd goes in. The only downside is after you guys are already set, you might need to wait awhile for everyone to board, which can be a bit challenging especially if your infant is already a crawler, toddler or a small wriggler. Other option? If you are traveling with your spouse, have him go it first and get your baggage set, that way, your child can play while waiting for everyone to board. Depends really on what works for you. It is just nice to know you have options when you need it.
- To Gate Check or Not to Gate Check
Strollers and car seats. To gate check or to bring it aboard. What to do? I simply decided to have my kid’s stroller and car seat gate checked. You’ve heard the stories, about strollers and car seats checked in along with your baggage. If it’s not damaged, it gets misplaced by the baggage handlers and your car seat gets delayed by a day or two. It is not worth the hassle! So better get a car seat travel bag. Check out AMT PRO and get this awesome car seat travel bag ONLY $29.77! TOTAL CONVENIENCE for a gate check car seat bag FOR LESS THAN $30.
- During Take-off and Landing
Ever wondered why infants, even young children cry during take-off and landing? This is mainly because of the change in cabin pressure that hurts their ears. Crying actually soothes the pain in their ears but this can be unpleasant to the people around you. Trust me, not everyone will understand. Options: Bottle feed them or use a pacifier during take-off and landing. This will help soothe the pain during pressure change. Not to mention taking away the dagger looks you get from the people around you.
- Help your kids sleep during the flight
The cardinal rule when flying with an infant is to request for a bassinet. Check out our article on Stress Free Air Travel with Your Kids! Most airlines have bassinets inflight you just have to request them when you book your flight. You can also check our article on How to Help Your Baby Sleep On A Plane for more tips on helping your kids sleep during the flight.
I hope these tips will you with your first time flying with your baby. I also suggest you try to book an evening flight if you can so you can be assured your baby is asleep during flight which also means you can rest at the same time.