Flying with babies isn’t easy for anybody: the passengers who just want to get through a plane ride with as little noise as possible and the parents who sit in their seats silently praying that their baby won’t cry and make people angry. If you have to bring a baby on board a flight, to help it go as smoothly as possible, here are some expert tips.
Take Advantage of Pre-Board
While you may prefer to spend as little time on the airplane with your baby as possible, it’s actually quite important to take advantage of the family early boarding in order to settle in with your baby and all of your equipment without disturbing anybody around you.
Book Your Baby Their Own Seat
While it may be free for your babies to board, it’s actually safest (and most convenient) for you to get your baby their own seat. After all, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, “the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap.”
Bring Twice as Much as You Think You Need
Think you’ve packed enough diapers, bottles, formula, baby food, and snacks? Okay, great, now pack double that amount. It may sound silly, but we’ve run out of things enough times to know that it’s better to be safe than to deal with a fussy, hungry, dirty-diapered baby in a cramped airplane.