A few months ago, I joined the brave ranks of parents traveling alone with infants. Since flying with my 9 month old, I’ve flown again and seen people in that exact same situation as I was in with the overall goal to keep your baby happy and quiet. No parent wants to be the one with the obnoxious child, but sometimes you do all you can do. Flying is not a walk in the park for a baby and as parents, we can take extra steps to insure that our children have the best flight possible.
I’ve come up with some tips for flying with a baby. Are you ready to see them? Get ready to fly with a little more ease and quiet!
- Bring a multitude of favorite snacks and toys and have them in order of need in your carry on.
- Know where everything is in your carry ons so you can quickly find things, even by just blindly digging around in the diaper bag.
- Wear shiny jewelry to keep them occupied in the confined spaces of the plane.
- Have your smartphone geared with plane friendly games or books to entertain yourself while the baby ‘hopefully’ takes a nap.
- Take deep breathes periodically and relax your body for a minute.
- If you have to sit next to someone, grab an aisle seat in the back of the plane.
- Whatever you do, don’t let your child pull or kick the seat in front of you.
- Keep wet-ones handy at all times.
- A small container of Cheerios is your best friend. It’s a snack, rattle and teething toy all in one!
- Bring your car seat to the gate, in hopes that there will be an empty seat next to you. Otherwise, just check it at the gate. I bought a car seat carrier as protection when checked too, that came in handy.
- Try to schedule flights around nap times. The sound of the plane will be soothing to baby.