Despite the many times you've been awakened by a screaming infant on an airplane, traveling with your own baby doesn't have to result in a massive headache.
Taking your baby for her first plane ride might seem like a massive undertaking, but trust us—a little bit of prep goes a long way.
Here are a few key tips to keep in mind.
1. Change diapers in the bathroom
You're probably not surprised to know that your fellow passengers would rather not be privy to the sights and smells of your baby's dirty diaper.
If you need to change your infant, try to make your way to the airplane's bathrooms rather than making the change at your seats. If the restrooms don't have changing tables, sit on the toilet and change your baby on your lap just like you would have at your seat.
2. Buy a ticket for your baby
It's cheaper to skip the ticket for your little one and hold them on your lap, but believe us, it's worth it in the long run to have the extra space.
It's also a lot safer to have your baby strapped in, should there be any turbulence during the flight.
3. Know the liquid restrictions
Liquids in reasonable amounts are allowed on planes, but make sure to familiarize yourself with the airline's regulations on before you arrive—and premix formula in advance.
4. Protect your baby's ears
Your infant obviously can't yawn or swallow on command to "pop" their ears. To help them relieve pressure during takeoff and landing, try giving them a pacifier or sippy cup.
5. Adjust your baby's sleep schedule
In order to prevent jet lag, try shifting your baby's sleep schedule for a few days before you travel. Exposing them to sunlight upon arrival can also be a huge help.
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