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Long haul flight with newborn

Long haul flight with newborn

Long haul flight with newborn

Here are 7 tips to get you through a long-haul flight with a baby:

#0. First prepare yourself to fly your baby for a long-haul flight.

#1. Book the  flight time to coincide with nap or bed time
Ideally your baby will sleep for much of the flight. To help him do that, book a flight that coincides with nap time or bed time. There's a good chance that the ambient noise on the plane will lull your baby to sleep anyway, but it helps if the flight is during a time that your baby will be sleepy. I took the red eye to Italy and my daughter slept for almost the entire duration of the flight, since she would have been asleep for the night anyway.

#2. Choose seats strategically
Infants under two years old can fly for free if they sit on an adult's lap. That said, if you can afford the extra airfare, it might be worth it to buy your baby his own seat. (You can bring an infant car seat on board and strap your baby in to the seat.)
If , however, you don't want to shell out the money for another seat, then you should carefully select seats that will give you the most space possible.
Consult seat organizer to see the layout of the plane and find the seats with the most legroom. In coach, this usually means the bulkhead seat, though some airlines also have select seats where you can pay a little more money for extra room.
If you're flying with someone else, you may want to book a window and aisle seat (leaving the middle open) in the hopes that the middle seat won't get filled. And even if it does, there's a good chance that the person will switch with you as no one wants to sit between two people who are passing a baby back and forth.
For long-haul flights, most airlines offer bassinets that hook into the wall in front of the bulkhead seat-this is the most ideal option, after getting a seat for your baby. Though there are no guarantees; you need to call the airline as soon as you book your flight (you can't request it online) and put in a request for the bassinet. You should also get to the airport early and pursue your request.
Just before boarding, ask the gate agent if there are any empty seats. You might just get lucky and get a seat for your child.

#3. Be prepared for the flight
Bring more diapers, wipes, food, and spare clothing (for both you and the baby) than you think you'll need. You do not want to run out of the essentials on the flight. Also bring enough toys and books to entertain your baby during the flight. You always want to have a backup plan to distract the baby if she starts to melt down.

#4. Bring a baby carrier, stroller or car seat through the airport
You'll want to keep your hands free in the airport, so bring a stroller or baby carrier, like the Bjorn or Ergo. It might make sense to bring the car seat too, since you'll want it on the flight if you can snag a spare seat for your kid. You can check the stroller and car seat at the gate.

#5. But don't overpack
It's hard enough to chase after a baby or toddler, so the last thing you want is to be weighed down with tons of luggage. Of course that's easier said than done, since babies come with tons of stuff. But try to pack the least amount possible-at least for the carry on.
While you'll want to bring enough toys to keep your baby entertained, don't overdo it. Before the flight, many people packed a bunch of toys and laptop with all sorts of baby-friendly apps, but in our experience you barely touched them since your baby occupied herself/himself with basic items like empty water bottles and magazines.

#6. Plan for takeoff and landing
Your baby will probably have the toughest time during takeoff and landing, since her ears may bother her when the air pressure changes. To prevent the baby from crying, make sure that she is either feeding or sleeping during that time. Any sort of sucking motion will help, so give her a bottle or pacifier during the ascent and descent.

#7. Be courteous to the other passengers on the plane
Some parents apologize to fellow passengers in advance, while others even offer gift bags with ear plugs and candy to passengers. That's a nice gesture, but it's not necessary. Still, a basic modicum of courtesy will go far with your fellow passengers.

If all else fails and your baby melts down, just take a deep breath and stay calm. Unfortunately, babies cry. That's what they do. Just do your best to comfort and quiet your child as quickly as possible.

Apart from this every traveler are very curious about:

Is it safe to fly with a baby?

It's probably sooner than you think. If your baby is at least two days old, most airlines should be happy for him to fly. However, some airlines will insist that your baby is at least two weeks old. There are no standard regulations, so it's best to check with your airline before you book.

Do babies ears hurt when flying?

Not many cases, but some babies faces this types of ear pain during travel on flight. In such cases take acetaminophen or ibuprofen about a half hour before takeoffs or landings if you know your child has ear pain when flying with your baby doctor supervision. Chew gum or suck on hard candy (only if your child is over 3 years old). Take a bottle or pacifier or breastfeed. If you bottle-feed, make sure your baby is sitting upright while drinking.

What to bring when flying with a toddler?

Many cases there are many questions arises during travel packing for you, But in case of your baby it become toughest. For first time to travel with your baby you have to take a significant decision, your baby can safely land after long haul air travel.
Therefore we recommend bringing as bellow checklist
1.      Diaper bag.
2.      Disinfecting hand gel
3.      Diapers. Bring extras in case of emergencies or delays.
4.      Wipes.
5.      Blankets
6.      Changing pads. You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones at baby stores.
7.      Plastic bags.
8.      Disinfecting hand gel.
9.      Small bottles of toiletries, such as your child's shampoo.

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Do I need a carseat for toddler on a plane?

You're not required to, but both the Federal Aviation Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend that you use an FAA-approved child restraint device. That means either an approved car seat or the CARES harness.
Whether you use a car seat or a harness, your child will need his own seat on the airplane.
You'll want to book a window seat. That's where you'll need to put the car seat, to make sure it won't block the escape path in an emergency. You may not put a car seat in an aisle seat or exit row.

Here's what the FAA Guidelines for children riding on airplanes:
1.      Less than 20 pounds?  Ride in a rear-facing car seat.
2.      20 to 40 pounds?  Ride in a forward-facing car seat.
3.      Over 40 pounds?  Use the airplane seat belt.

As always, follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when strapping your child into the seat.

Do i need to bring my baby's birth certificate when flying international or domestic?
The name on the ID must match the name in the reservation. Children under the age of 18 and traveling on a domestic flight do not need to show identification or documentation unless they are under 14 days old (physician's letter required) or are traveling as a lap child (proof of age may be required).

Policies can vary by air carrier, but in general, for domestic flights, they do not require identification for minors or adults beyond those specified by the TSA.

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