The thought of flying with a newborn causes one of the greatest stresses that parents face when planning a family vacation. Moms are worried about traveling by plane with their newborn babies because they are very fragile. The thought of traveling with your newborn children on a plane is extraordinary for both new mothers and newborns. All a new mother needs to know is how to prepare well for the flight. Exhaustion is also felt after childbirth when many mothers do not fully recover after childbirth. Here are ten tips that can help a traveling mom arrange and make a hassle-free flight with a newborn, as well as make the flight comfortable for both mother and newborn.
1. What to do before the flight and what to take with you for the newborn and mom
Depending on whether you are breastfeeding or breastfeeding, make sure you pack things like warm water in a flask, milk powder with formula, feeding bottles and other necessary materials. Bring extra supplies because sometimes flights are delayed to avoid depletion, causing your newborn to cry about food in the air. Also, make sure you bring enough clothes and diapers for your newborn.
Doctors advise children to rest their heads on a pillow to increase comfort while feeding. Usually airlines don’t provide pillows, and when they do, they are sometimes slippery and small. It is therefore recommended to carry a baby pillow. Also, if possible, you can roll up the baby or airline blankets to make a cozy and soft pillow that will keep the baby in a comfortable position while feeding.
Changing the pad
Diaper powder or ointment
Formula, bottles and hot water
Car seat and stroller (can be checked or saved in invoices)
Feeds the shawl
2. How to book a ticket for a newborn
Babies are usually allowed to ride without medical tests and approval until they are less than seven days old. When booking a ticket for a newborn you will need your name and date of birth to meet the airline’s requirements for safe flight information. To book, you must specify the details of the child, accompanied by data. Also specify the required seat parameters, noting that the rules and fees for flights with a newborn vary depending on the airline.
When ordering tickets, be sure to add a newborn as a passenger. When booking by phone you simply inform the agent that you will be traveling with a newborn. Before booking a flight, be sure to check the fee for the high chair and knees. All airlines usually charge for newborns traveling on international flights. After booking a seat for a newborn you are allowed to bring on board an approved car seat in which the baby can sit during the flight. Even if you previously mentioned the date of birth of the newborn, you will probably need to prove that the baby has not reached the age of two. Present your birth certificate along with your boarding pass and ID at check-in, even if you have already registered.
3. Changing the baby and feeding
Most airline toilets have a changing table. If you try to change the baby’s diapers in the passenger seat, it can save you from the dirty looks of the passengers. Make sure you wear enough diapers. Breastfeeding in flight is also easy because airlines do not regulate the rules of regulation. When taking off or landing, the child’s ears hurt, so a good idea is to feed or breastfeed the newborn during landing and takeoff. This causes the baby to swallow, which usually relieves pressure on the baby’s ears. If not feeding at this time, try to make sure they suck the nipples.
It is important to change the diaper when the newborn urinates or swings. However, you should change the diaper about ten minutes before boarding the plane. This is because the aircraft may have to wait on the runway for up to an hour. Changing a diaper before fitting guarantees you enough time until the next change.
4. Pick a suitable time for the flight
After the first few days of birth the mother begins to understand the baby’s sleep pattern. However, the newborn’s changes are very frequent and cannot be predicted. Despite this, you can still determine the best time when your baby is asleep or more relaxed. This can help you plan your flight according to the best time for your baby. Early morning flights are best because newborns who could not sleep well at night usually sleep the first part of the morning.
5. Choose a seat for the window
When traveling with a newborn on your lap, it is best to sit by the window. This is recommended because your child is more relaxed, gets a little privacy, and you have fewer obstacles from other passengers if they want to move.
6. How to ask for a baby cradle
A baby cradle is like a tiny bed that can be set up on a plane. The cradle can save lives as it helps mother and baby sleep comfortably, especially if the flight is more than 12 hours. To get a pipe, you need to book early. Reservations can be made by phone so that the child’s ticket can be obtained from you immediately on the spot. At the booking stage you need to make a request to provide your cradle seat. Do not show up at the airport assuming the airline will accommodate the child. After booking, call several times to keep reminding them and make sure everything is organized. The cradle is free and is usually installed after takeoff and removed before landing.
7. Know your fluids
The TSA has placed restrictions on what types of fluids are allowed on an aircraft. It is therefore important to be aware of the limitations. Going through the guard, you have to remove from the luggage all the juices, creams and liquids. Water bottles are prohibited. You are only allowed to bring a reasonable amount of fluid.
8. Dressing for safety
You and your baby should dress simply. Wear shoes that can be easily slipped and lowered, as this saves you time during safety checks. Avoid wearing accessories such as a belt because you don’t want to keep removing the baby from the wrap to pass the safety check.
9. Be in search of special privileges
When traveling with a child, you often have access to many special services that simplify the process. Watch out for special protective access that allows mom and baby to get around long queues. Most airlines allow parents with babies to board earlier than other passengers.
10. Ask for help
If you need help, it’s always important to ask because there’s a flight attendant. So flying with a newborn is hectic, so don’t make it tougher without asking for help when and when you need it.