It’s always best to book a nonstop flight in advance when you are traveling with a baby. If possible, select the seats you want and hope for a not so full aircraft. Opt for the three-seated rows, and request for a window and an aisle seat for you and the baby and still have one seat for your supplies.
Check with the airline about what you can bring on the aircraft. They usually allow parents to bring a car seat on board even if you didn’t purchase an extra ticket. But this will only add up to your bulk. A standard car seat usually weighs about 20 pounds, while a child aviation restraint system weighs only a pound and it fits into a 6 inch stuff sack. It is a designed belt and buckle device for kids 22-44 pounds that is easy to use, adjustable to virtually any size airplane seat, and keeps your child as safe as a car seat would.
You’ll also need to bring baby blankets, diapers and baby toys. Also inquire if the airline provides special foods for babies. If not, pack plenty of food products like bananas and avocados; these are good for babies eating solid foods. You may also bring cereals like Cheerios, this will keep them busy and satisfy their hunger. Make sure to pack extra bottles to feed baby during takeoff and landing, this will help alleviate any pressure they may feel in their ears.
Planning ahead can make a big difference in maintaining your sanity and following these simple tips may help you make your ride a little less bumpy and your vacation more enjoyable.
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