Useful tips for flying with babies
1. Choose your destination carefully
The general rule of thumb is: not too far and not too long, the younger the baby, the shorter the distance. Of course, you can also fly to Thailand with a baby. But whether this is necessary and good for the child, everyone has to decide for themselves and it also depends a bit on the character and constitution of the child.
2. Set the flight time to a convenient time
Long-haul flights must start in the late afternoon or early evening. You can organize short-haul flights in such a way that the daily routine is not too confusing.
3. Insurance sometimes makes sense
Both trip cancellation insurance for more expensive flights and private supplemental medical insurance for overseas are a good investment. Because children often get sick without warning. You can save the costs that arise then.
4. Don’t forget your travel documents
Important things are often lost in the hectic pace of everyday life. So make sure you have thought about the most important documents, such as the child’s passport. Usually the process takes a few weeks and appointments are not that easy. For domestic flights, flights in the EU and some countries, a document can also be issued at the airport. But in some countries the provisional document is not recognized.
5. Approval of the other parent
Babies traveling with only one parent generally need the permission of the second parent. This rules out kidnapping of children. Check in advance with the airline how this permit should be.
6. Inform the airline
If you are traveling with a baby, reserving a seat for yourself is not enough. For various reasons, the airline needs to know that a baby is also on board. Certain places, such as the emergency exit, are out of the question. When you have the opportunity, it is best to call ahead to clarify what seat belt options are available and what you need to do to be able to use the system you want.
7. Choose the right places
Many parents love the family seats in the front row. Because they offer enough leg room to play with the baby on the floor or swaddle it. Also, bassinets can only be used there. These seats are not available with all airlines, and if they do, they are reserved quickly.
But they also have disadvantages. Because luggage cannot be stored under the front seat, there are no tables that can be folded down, and entertainment is sometimes difficult or impossible to access. In addition, you have to endure the stares of people waiting to use the onboard toilet.
In any case, think about what you want in advance and secure the places you want as soon as possible. There are generally no space restrictions for families. Only seats at the emergency exit are taboo. You can reserve permanent seats at the travel agency or you should be quick with online check-in.
8. Start packing on time
It is best to prepare a packing list a week before the trip. This is the only way to ensure that you really have all the utensils you need there. By the way, think of clinical thermometers, fever suppositories, nasal drops, and others.
9. Ask again
Two days before departure, ask the airline again if all your wishes are in the system.
10. Pack everything you need in your carry-on luggage
Carry two sets of clothes, diapers, changing table, and wet wipes in your carry-on. You never know. At least one exciting toy should also be included. If you are not breastfeeding or if you want your baby to be in the car seat to start, prepare a bottleso that pressure compensation works better. Don’t worry, you can safely take it through with you, even if it contains more than 100ml. You can have more bottles and porridge prepared with hot water on the plane. If your child is older, don’t forget the snacks.
11. Dress the baby warm enough
Have plenty of warm clothing ready for the plane, as there are often drafts and it’s cold in the air. The onion look is the best idea. Also think of a warm blanket to snuggle in and a hat, jacket, or sweater with a hood.
12. Register as soon as possible
Buy your seats in advance if possible. If that doesn’t work, be sure to use online early registration, because you want to make sure you sit down together and many other fellow travelers have the same idea. The night before check-in is also a good alternative if you don’t live too far from the airport. Because then you can deliver your bags and go through security on the day of the trip.
13. Leave on time
Feeding again, changing diapers, forgetting the nipple: everything takes longer with the children than expected. Therefore, it is essential that you leave earlier than usual. So almost nothing can go wrong.
14. Use early boarding
If an airline allows families with children to get on first, take advantage of it, even if you have to wait a little longer for takeoff on the plane later. Because when it comes to having all your carry-on luggage close by, it helps to be one of the first to get on the plane. Better yet: if you are traveling as a couple, he can prepare the place and you will come with your baby.
15. Take the buggy to the plane.
Most airlines allow you to take the buggy to the door of the plane. The flight attendants will then save it and give it to you immediately after the flight. If it is a larger stroller or stroller, you can pick it up from the luggage conveyor belt.
16. Food or pacifiers during take-off and landing.
Many babies have significant trouble taking off and landing when pressure changes. Because narrow airways make pressure compensation very difficult. It helps to feed the baby during takeoff and landing or at least give him a pacifier. Because when you swallow, the pressure evens itself out. There are also special earplugs that delay the rise or fall of pressure.
17. Nasal drops help
The air in the plane is very dry. So give your baby salt nasal drops at regular intervals and always enough to drink. This prevents the airways from swelling and greatly helps the mucous membranes. This tip helps adults too, by the way: If your baby has a cold, light nasal drops can promote pressure equalization and relieve severe pain.
18. Talk to the people sitting next to you.
A flight with a baby can be very tiring, even for other passengers. It’s best if you exchange a few nice words with the people sitting next to you before you start and apologize for any inconvenience in advance. Most understand when the baby is crying and the atmosphere is simply more relaxed.
19. Be careful with hot drinks
Of course we are all glad when there is finally something to drink on the plane. Many later ask for coffee or tea. If you have your baby on your lap or in the seat next to you, be very careful with hot drinks and apply them quickly. Because unforeseen turbulence can always occur, with coffee flying through the air and burning your baby.