If you’ve never traveled with a newborn before, there are some things you’ll want to do to make the process smoother. Too often, babies are portrayed as persistent criers on flights. If you don’t want your child to be one of the children society refers to, you’ll take some time to ensure that he or she is as comfortable as possible. The following tips help make easy work out of traveling with an infant.
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Be the one to apologize
Your infant can’t control his or her behavior. That’s why it’s important for you to be the one that apologizes. As unnerving a screeching baby can be, a clueless parent is even worse. Do what you can to encourage good behavior and when your child gets restless, hungry or tired, let the people around you know that you’re sorry for the reaction the baby is displaying.
Plan your seating in advance
If possible, request seating toward the front of the plane. The back is usually busier and noisier with people going back and forth to the bathroom and the plane vibrates more in this area. Keep your carry-ons safely secured under the seat in front of you so you don’t have to bother someone for assistance with your diaper bag
Protect your baby from injuries
If you’re traveling with another person, have them board first with the safety seat and get it into place. Then, after other people have boarded, the second person and baby board. Doing this keeps the child off the plane until it’s necessary to be there.
Make sure to pack extras
If there is a delay and you’re stuck waiting at the terminal, you may find it difficult to find the supplies that you need for your infant. Having extras on hand provides peace of mind and a happier child overall. He or she will be well-fed, diapered, and ready for the next leg of the journey.
Offensive odors in a closed-in space are something that no flier wants to deal with. Stay on top of changings by making it a priority between flights and as-needed on flights. You’ll eliminate the likelihood of offending your fellow seatmates because your child soiled himself or herself.
Pay for a ticket and bring your own safety seat
Eliminate the need for a seatmate on some airlines by purchasing the seat directly next to yours for you and your baby to have together. When you pay for that extra ticket, you’re ensuring that there won’t be someone sitting beside you on smaller airplanes. You’ll have space to move a bit and readjust your child whenever he or she gets fussy.
There are many ways to make flying with an infant less daunting. By preparing in advance, you’re able to address many of the potential concerns that occur while traveling with a small child. Even if you don’t have a partner to assist you, you can develop a system for traveling that works well for you and your infant.
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