The best ever tips for travelling with a baby
The truth? Travelling with a baby is not without its challenges. Between the time differences, mood swings, dirty nappies and feeding, there’s a lot more work than relaxation going on. And while flying with an infant may seem like a daunting task for new parents, with a little preparation, your first flight with your little one can be a totally manageable (and dare we say, fun) experience for the whole family.
From on-the-go naps to efficient nappy bag packing tips, check out these tricks on how travel (relatively) fuss-free with your baby.
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Consider flight times
While it might be cheaper to fly later in the day, if your baby tends to get a little tired and grumpy in the afternoon, it’s worth paying that little bit extra to have a fuss-free flight.
As you’ve probably already learned, everything takes just that little bit longer with a baby in tow. Avoid the stress of rushing to your gate (or even worse, missing your flight!) by allowing plenty of time to get to the airport, through security and to your gate.
Feed your baby during take-off and landing, as this prevents their ears from popping and provides a distraction. Some airlines provide baby meals, which you can request during your booking. However, you should always carry snacks that you know you’re baby will enjoy, especially if they have allergies. Similarly, it’s important to ensure your baby stays hydrated throughout the flight.
Babies come with a lot of baggage - strollers, capsules, nappies, bottles - so it’s important to check what you can and can’t take on the plane. This may vary between airlines, so always check each individual site before arriving at the airport. And don’t forget to consider domestic versus international liquid limits!
Carry-On Is Essential
(Obviously). Only don't forget that you'll need more nappies packed into that bag than just the length of the flight. Don't forget to factor in getting to the airport, waiting at the airport and travelling to your final destination as well. Your new mantra? ALWAYS OVERPACK. If you think you'll be safe with fice nappies, add another two or three. Next, make sure you're well stocked with baby wipes, sanitary wipes a change of clothing for your baby and an extra top for yourself. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!
Plans can be icy cold or stuffy and warm (read: never the right temperature). Make sure your babe is prepared for anything by dressing him/her in layers. Don't forget things like socks, and of course, their favourite blanket.