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How to have a Calm Flight when Traveling with a Baby

Traveling with a baby is stressful. The stroller, car seat and bag all take up space that you didn’t even know was needed until the day of your trip. But now that you’re there, what do you do? This is where calm flights come in handy!

Here are the things you need to know to have a calm and smooth flight along the way with the baby.  

Book a Direct Flight

If you’re traveling with a baby, booking a direct flight is the best way to ensure that your trip will go smoothly. A direct flight is one that does not stop at any airports along its route. Instead, it travels straight from city to city and doesn’t have to deal with any delays or connections.

Direct flights are also less stressful for babies because they’re less likely to get sick when they’re exposed to different types of air pressure changes throughout the day in an airport terminal or on board a plane. And since there’s less waiting time between flights (on average), there’s less chance for your baby’s little heart rate monitor (if he has one) to spike up suddenly—which can cause him distress depending on the baby`s age!

Arrive early, set expectations and prepare for the worst.

Arrive early, so you can get through security and check in.

The airport is a stressful place for most people, especially if you’re traveling with a baby. They may not be able to sleep or eat on the plane because they’re anxious about their flight experience. To help them feel more prepared for their journey, set expectations with other passengers that they will arrive early and remain calm while waiting at the gate until boarding time (which is typically 45 minutes before departure).

It’s also best to prepare yourself by packing all of your essentials into one carry-on bag—including diapers and wipes—and bringing an extra outfit just in case something goes wrong during your flight. You don’t want to have to run around frantically looking for restrooms when there are none available!

Choose your seats wisely.

·         Consider the amount of room you need to store your belongings and make sure they are easily accessible in case of an emergency, such as a sudden turbulence or landing. You may want to keep snacks, cameras, and other items at hand so that you can feed your baby when it’s time for feeding or changing diapers.

·         Make sure you’re comfortable—you don’t want to be sitting there with a miserable look on your face all flight long! If possible try finding an aisle seat where there will be more legroom for both yourself and baby (or even just one person). Another thing I always do is ask if there’s any way I could get up from my seat during takeoff/landing so that I can stretch my legs out afterward; usually this comes up as an option if asked nicely enough but sometimes not even then since people seem so resistant towards change nowadays!”

Pay extras

·         Pay for a seat for your baby. Be sure to ask the airline how much it will cost you to reserve an extra seat or even just an extra row of seats. It may seem like a small thing, but it makes a big difference in terms of comfort and security when traveling with a child.

·         Pay for bassinets on board airplanes. If you’re taking along a stroller, then there’s no reason why you can’t also bring along one or two flotation devices so that your little one can sleep soundly during take-off and landing (and other activities). This is especially useful if they’ve had any kind of medical problem recently—you don’t want them getting stressed out by being jostled around too much! And if their ears hurt from crying due to ear infection, using these types of headphones will help keep their ears warm while still allowing them some privacy during flight time.*

Pay for a seat for your baby. Be sure to ask the airline how much it will cost you to reserve an extra seat or even just an extra row of seats. It may seem like a small thing, but it makes a big difference in terms of comfort and security when traveling with a child.

·         Pay for bassinets on board airplanes. If you’re taking along a stroller, then there’s no reason why you can’t also bring along one or two flotation devices so that your little one can sleep soundly during take-off and landing (and other activities). This is especially useful if they’ve had any kind of medical problem recently—you don’t want them getting stressed out by being jostled around too much! And if their ears hurt from crying due to ear infection, using these types of headphones will help keep their ears warm while still allowing them some privacy during flight time.*

Baby-proof the Seat

It’s important to baby-proof your seat. This should be done before you board the plane, but it’s also a good idea to do so after landing and checking out of customs.

·         Bring a safety harness. You can buy them at any store that sells travel accessories or even at Walmart! They’re lightweight and easy to use—just strap it around yourself or your child (if he or she is old enough) until they fall asleep on their own. If this isn’t possible due to allergies or other reasons, consider bringing a foldable one instead of buying one specially made for babies: they’ll fit in almost any purse!

·         Bring another form of entertainment besides books and movies; some people like playing games on their phone while others prefer board games like Scrabble or Monopoly but whatever floats your boat go right ahead!

Pack the right toys or Books

·         Bring the right toys. Babies and toddlers love to play with their parents, so it’s important that you bring along a few favorite toys. Bring books, too—your baby will probably want them while they’re on board! And if you have any new toys or books that are new to both of you, those will be welcome additions as well.

·         Make sure they’re comfortable in their seat. Some airlines have policies about how much time babies can spend in their seats during take-off and landing (just don’t forget about the FAA’s rules!), so make sure yours sits comfortably before takeoff so it doesn’t cause discomfort later on when everyone else is sleeping off their meal after dinner service ends at 11pm.

Bring a change of clothes and wipes for you and your baby

·         Bring a change of clothes for you and baby.

·         Bring wipes to clean up any messes.

·         Take advantage of the airlines’ changing tables if they have one, but it’s not always available (or even possible) on smaller planes.

·         If you have a long flight, consider bringing an extra set of clothing just in case your baby needs something other than what they’re wearing at home!

A little extra planning can go along the way

The best way to avoid last minute stress is by planning ahead. This can be done in many ways, but here are some tips:

·         Plan your activities for the day before you leave. If you know what you want to do and when you want it done, then this will help eliminate any surprises on travel day.

·         Make sure that everyone has their own car seat or booster seat if needed (or bring one). Having an extra set of hands at the airport would also be great!

·         Plan where everyone is going on their flights so they aren’t waiting around too long when they land and head out again later in the evening/night after dinner/lunchtime

You may be surprised how much you can prepare for your trip before it even happens, and how much better your flight will be with a little extra planning. You’ll also find that having a baby on board makes the journey more enjoyable for everyone involved.