Travelling with Babies
Taking your baby on their first holiday can be very exciting but you will be faced with numerous challenges on the way. While we’d all love a baby that would just peacefully sleep throughout the entire flight – few of us are that lucky. Follow our top five tips for travelling with babies.
Flying Free with Babies
Holidays can be expensive, with a large proportion of the cost going to flights. Most airlines allow children under the age of two to travel for free with an adult – so make the most of this when they are young. However, they won’t get their own seat – you’ll need to have them on your lap.
When booking your flights ask your travel agent which airlines will let your baby travel for free and you’ll find yourself getting incredibly cheap flights. This gives you more money to spend on spoiling yourself!
Where You Sit Matters
Airline seats are uncomfortable enough, so don’t make things worse for yourself if you can help it. If you book your flights far enough ahead you should be able to reserve a baby bassinette – a much more convenient place for them to sleep during the flight. The seats with bassinettes also give you more leg room and space to move than standard seats. Parents of children under the age of 12 months are usually given priority for the bulk head seats and it’s here that the bassinettes are attached to the wall.
If you don’t manage to get a front row seat you should still take into consideration where you are sitting. Always try to get an aisle seat so that you have easy access to the toilet and baby changing facilities.
Request Baby Meals
Airlines don’t automatically assume you want a baby meal, so it is important that you request one before you fly. If it is not given as an option when you book, simply call the airline and make sure they take note of your request.
If your baby has any special dietary needs or allergies you can also make these requests. Most airlines will provide jar food for babies that are weaning. They will also usually serve up baby meals before everyone else’s, which means you’re not trying to deal with feeding the two of you at once.
What to Pack
It can seem like your baby needs a bigger bag than you when you’re going on holidays – but it is important that you have everything you need for a safe and comfortable flight. Whether you scored cheap flights or are on the most luxurious airline – they only have limited amenities so never assume you’ll be able to get what you need on board.
Always pack extra nappies in case of flight delays, cancellations or other situations that are outside of your control. Depending on where you are travelling to, you may also find that the brand of nappies and other baby supplies are different to what you are used to and you may also struggle to get hold of the things you need. Don’t be afraid to pack extras – you can always leave them behind if you don’t use them.
Keeping Baby Happy
Travelling can be hard work – even for the parents – so don’t make it any harder on yourself by having an upset baby. Babies tend not to deal well with sudden change, so it’s important to try and stick to their normal schedule as much as possible and minimise disruptions to their sleep or food schedule.
Bring along plenty of their favourite toys and other items that will remind them of home and make them feel safe. Try to include as many baby-friendly activities into your holidays as well as the things that you want to see and do.