For new parents getting familiarized with handling the recent addition to the family, travel is often the last thing on their minds. Besides, the risks of your baby falling ill may turn most parents off the idea altogether. However, if weathering your baby’s first flight is not an option, you would do best to conduct a little research and preparation in advance.

Major airlines set 7 days as the minimum age for air travel, since a newborn’s immune system is hardly mature, and not all harmful micro-organisms can be protected against through immunization. Furthermore, the new mum has yet to recover from the rigor of childbirth. Nevertheless, do consult a Pediatrician for advice should you decide to embark on the travel trips.

In this sharing we present some tips to get you and your baby ready for her very first trip!

mother and toddler son using tablet pc while on board

Choose the Aisle Seats

Aisle seats have the obvious benefit of being accessible, and will facilitate your movement to and fro from the bathroom. Especially so during long-haul flights, when your baby is likely to require several or more diaper changes throughout the duration of the flight. In addition, most flight attendants (at least the good ones!) are trained on how to handle a baby during flight time, so being close to the aisle will make it easier for them to assist you.


Prepare your Supplies in advance

Carry a first-aid kit with medical supplies for you and your baby, such as prescription medicines, diaper rash creams and a thermometer. If you are breastfeeding, be sure to bring along your nursing accessories and apparel, as well as an extra bottle or two. Bringing ready-made formula is suitable for formula-fed babies, but be sure to review the policies on bringing liquids onboard airlines. Try not to overfeed your baby, as this will cause her to ingest more air and be colicky (uncontrollable crying in your baby for extended periods of time), which would be disruptive to fellow passengers.

If you’re visiting a sunny place, bring along a tube of sunscreen to protect your baby’s delicate skin. Baby shades would also come in handy for protecting your baby’s eyes as well as to shield out light during sleep time.


Equalize the Pressure in her ears

We’ve all experienced the buildup of pressure in our eyes during takeoff, and the satisfactory pop that results from a subsequent swallowing action. This change of air pressure can potentially affect your baby, and they will show visible signs of discomfort. If she is awake during takeoff, try feeding her to induce the swallowing action to equalize the air pressure in her ears. However, if your baby is not hungry, a pacifier should do the trick.


Stay Calm and Be Resourceful

If your child happens to cry uncontrollably, keeping your cool will go a long way in solving the challenge. Perhaps your baby is hungry, feeling too warm or cold, needs a diaper change, or simply wants a reassuring hug. Take comfort in knowing that the drone of the airplane engines usually limits the distance that the crying sounds can be heard. Certain airlines allow for infants under the age of 2 to be held in their parents’ laps, so that certainly helps to soothe the baby.

We wish you a smooth and uneventful journey in the air!

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