Eight Ways to Make The Flight Go More Smoothly
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What can I do to make a flight with an infant go more smoothly?
We know flying an airplane with infants in tow can be a daunting task. However if you're prepared, you'll get through the whole process without a sweat. Let us give you the inside knowledge you need for a smooth flight:
- Find out whether identification is needed to board the plane and whether they provide any disposable diapers or bibs. Check the airline's Website for more information or speak to an agent.
- If you have the opportunity, choose your seats wisely when booking. The bulkhead seats are a popular choice with many parents. You get more legroom and airline bassinets can be hooked up to the bulkhead area of the plane. The drawback is that you won't have any under-seating storage in front of you. If you anticipate needing easy access to the plane's bathroom for diaper changes and clean-ups, or the need for some stretching and pacing, the rear of the plane is ideal for both.
- Book your trip around baby's naptime. Consider whether the flight is a longer or shorter one, and whether your baby will do better napping on the plane or not; then plan accordingly.
- Book a non-stop flight. It's a long enough journey between getting through security checkpoints, possible flight delays, and disembarking without worrying about layovers. Plus, if you miss a connecting flight due to a plane delay, you're in for a long, frustrating haul at the airport – with your baby.
- Bring along a toy or two for the trip. Something new and fascinating for baby as well as an old tried and true favorite will help alleviate at least some of the boredom your infant might experience.
- Pack enough supplies for feeding, cleanup, and diaper changes – plus extra. You don't want to be stuck on an 8-hour flight and have used up your last diaper 2 hours into the flight. Don't forget an extra change of clothes for baby and an extra shirt for you in case of baby spit-ups. Pack more if you're going on a long international flight.
- When you book your child's ticket, reserve the kid's meal or infant food if the airline has it. If you have a toddler, you'll be glad to know the kid's meals get served in advance of regular meals. If you have an infant, certain major airline carriers do provide baby food, but you have to ask when you book.
- For older infants, many parents swear by the DVD player. It's considered by some moms and dads to be a necessary evil, but if your child is toddler aged, DVD players with age appropriate movies and shows will keep them entertained for up to half an hour. We also like the laptop with DVD player idea. In addition to showing movies, you can play photo slideshows as well.
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