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Air Travel With Baby: A Big Challenge For Mommies

Mar 28, 2008
When you are traveling with your baby, it is of utmost importance to have a plan ahead for the flight can be one of your toughest challenges when traveling with a baby.

All airlines offer pre-boarding for passengers with children. Take advantage of this, to give you extra minutes to settle yourself and your child on the plane as well as to relax and take a breath.

Your baby bag containing diapers, feeding bottles, wipes, blanket, baby clothes and plastic bags for trash should be easily accessible. Use a smaller bag for these items so that you could either stow it on the overhead compartment or underneath your seat for easy access. Pack for yourself as well an extra shirt or set of clothes in case of any accidents.

The back seats of the plane can be convenient for you as it is near the lavatory for easier access.

To help your baby's ears adjust to the cabin pressure changes during take off as well as during landing, you can encourage swallowing by breastfeeding or bottle feeding him. If it is impossible to do such things, you can give your baby a pacifier. Your baby's ears are very sensitive. Toddlers could suck on a candy or lollipop or could nibble on chips or biscuits. If your baby is sleeping, then it shouldn't be necessary for you to wake him up and disturb his sleep.

If you need hot water or you need to heat up baby's milk bottles, ask for the help of a flight attendant. Keep your baby hydrated with water, juice or milk as flying in a plane causes dehydration.

Changing baby's diapers will prove to be a challenge. While airplanes provide a changing table, such can be small and so it would be hard if your baby was bigger. Ask the flight attendant for another place where you could possibly change your baby's diapers.

It is very much possible for your baby to feel uneasy and uncomfortable and so it can't be helped if he will cry. While you may hear some snide and rude remarks from other passengers, ignore these and instead focus your attention on your baby and tend to his needs.

An ideal seat for mothers would be the aisle seat so that you could easily walk back and forth the aisle (when safe to do so) when your baby begins to fuss.

Don't rush off the plane if it isn't necessary. Let the other people disembark first. In this manner you won't have to stand in a slow moving line with your baby on one hand and carry on luggage on the other.
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