Tips for Traveling with Babies

No matter how good of a job you did in identifying cheap travel options and then purchasing cheap airplane tickets and discount hotel rooms or cheap vacation packages, great trip bargains dont help when it comes to keeping your baby happy while traveling.

The following are some tips for keeping tots content while flying:

Before leaving home, call your airline and request bulkhead seats. Although such seats have no under the seat storage, they provide more floor space for toys, bottles, and blankets. Bulkhead bassinets are available from most airlines on a first come first serve bases (ask when you call about seating) and snap into the wall in front of bulkhead seats.

If your baby is on a schedule, try to reserve a flight during his usual nap or bed time. Unfortunately due to the disruptive nature of driving to the airport, checking in, and going through security, it is likely your baby will be too wound up to sleep.

When packing for your trip make certain you are bringing plenty of formula, bottles, and food. If you are nursing, stay well hydrated so that you have plenty of milk throughout the flight. Pack your babys favorite toys in your carry-on, as well as a few new ones.

Pack plenty of diapers and wipes, but dont bring enough for your entire trip since you can buy more at your destination. Remember diaper cream, burp cloths and bibs. Dress your baby in layers so that you can remove clothes as appropriate for the temperature in the cabin.

Remember that traveling with a baby will slow you down. Dont be surprised when you are asked to take your baby out of his stroller or carrier when passing through security even if he is sleeping. Allow yourself lots of time at the airport. Last minute sprints to the gate become near impossible traveling with a baby.

Do not be reluctant to ask for help at the airport if needed, particularly if you are the only adult traveling with children. Once in the cabin fellow passengers and flight attendants are often willing to help someone put their bag in the overhead when that person is carrying an infant in one arm.

Babies often scream during takeoff and landing because of the movement, noise and change in pressure. Babies are comforted by movement and being held, both of which are impossible while a baby is strapped down, either in his own seat or by your seat belt. Giving a baby a bottle often is comforting during takeoffs and landings.

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