When your baby arrives holidays will never be the same again. Expect more fun, more mess and more magic memories. If you have your first trip planned and you’re worried about flying with your baby, you are not alone. Many parents can feel overwhelmed about that first exciting flight. This simple guide is full of tips to help you prepare and set you up for a smooth, calm trip.
The first task of planning any family holiday is booking flights! It can be hard to know where to start though we have some great advice on how to book smart and safely for your little one. From protecting their tiny ears to limiting hassle with airports, a little bit of forward planning will have you all arriving ready for the sunshine.
From driving to the airport to take off, travelling abroad can be a long old journey. If you are worried about how to keep your little one calm and comfortable till you land, you are not alone. Every parent is concerned about how their little one will react away from their comfort zone. Knowing what to pack can make a big difference!
You want to make the most use of your carry-on bag! Being able to keep your essentials to hand throughout the flight can be a godsend. Though what is best to take on board? Good question, you want to think practically of what will be most useful, from snacks, and breast pumps to baby muslins… Here are some top tips on what to include on your checklist.
Airport dress code changes when you have a little one, while it’s ok to try and keep things stylish, comfortable clothes will be your best friend up in the air. It is worth planning out outfits for both you and your little one the night before, this will set you up for a smoother getaway. You want to be wearing fabrics that can keep you cool while being prepared for any cold spots while in the air, air conditioning can get pretty nippy!
Keeping little ones happy in the air can be a challenge, especially on longer flights. One thing many newborns struggle with is ear pain from the sensation of landing. Knowing what to expect will help you to be prepared should they get distressed and know how to soothe them. Staying relaxed will help keep them calm and smiling again in no time.
Your newborn might find it more difficult to get to sleep than usual while travelling. We all know how hard it is to drift-off through turbulence and the excitement of going somewhere new. All of the new sounds and sights can be overwhelming which makes keeping them entertained even more important. Of Course have the Ipad at the ready…Though here are some other ways to keep them distracted from take-off to landing.
Safety first! The biggest priority of any flight is to stay safe and the cabin crew will be there to guide you towards best practices for your journey. Stay attentive from boarding to take-off for instructions on when to buckle up and keep an ear out for any upcoming turbulence and notice of landing. This will help keep you both as safe as possible through-out the flight.
Every new parent goes through the same emotions when travelling with their newborn for the first time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, speaking to other parents, friends and family can help take the load off. If you are travelling with a loved one, speaking about any anxieties and going through checklists together will help set you up for a smoother journey!
Aside from flying, holidays are about connecting and enjoying time away from responsibilities and bad weather. While travelling comes with its challenges, the glorious sunshine and new experiences together make every air mile worth it!
Have a great holiday.
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