Table of contents:
- 1. Don't stress, flying is comfortable and safe
- 2. Babies fly almost free
- 3. Note pressure compensation
- 4. With a buggy to the gate
- 5. Baby in the carrier
- 6. Thin hood
- 7. Baby cot on the plane
- 8. Choose the best place
- 9. Don't get in straight away
- 10. Fly at night
- 11. Provide entertainment
- 12: What else to pack:
Flying for the first time with a baby or toddler is exciting. So that everything goes stress-free, here are the best tips from a mom and travel blogger!
Nunu flew for the first time when she was seven weeks old. At that time it went to Cyprus. The globetrotter is now almost three years old and has definitely toured more countries than most of us. His mom Jenny (nunu-reist.at) knows exactly what a baby or toddler needs on a plane and gives away the best tips for traveling parents!
1. Don't stress, flying is comfortable and safe
Many parents stress the thought of getting on a plane with a baby or toddler. But flying has a lot of advantages. You are a lot faster, can concentrate on your child around the clock, have a toilet ready and are provided with food and drinks. Not to be forgotten: THE PLANE IS THE SAFEST MEANS OF TRANSPORT IN THE WORLD. In the car, on the other hand (especially if you drive yourself) you tend to be easily distracted when your little darling needs something.
2. Babies fly almost free
In terms of price, the cheapest way to get away with it is to fly with a baby up to the age of two. In “flight language” these seats are called “infantseat”, which means that they sit on the adult's lap and only pay up to 10 percent (depending on the airline) of the adult price.
3. Note pressure compensation
Pressure equalization plays a particularly important role in babies. Many are not yet able to do this on their own, so the child should absolutely give something to suck on when taking off and landing so that they can compensate for the pressure. Breastfeeding, bottles or pacifiers are ideal for this.
4. With a buggy to the gate
Some airlines allow you to take a foldable buggy with you to the gate. Most airlines don't charge anything for it. This is very useful when you have babies who like to sleep in it. If the buggy has to be handed in as bulky baggage, the airport has its own buggies that can then be left at the gate.
5. Baby in the carrier
So that you have your hands free and maybe even carry a trolley yourself, it is best to put the baby in the carrier when getting in and out.
6. Thin hood
7. Baby cot on the plane
For long-haul flights, you can ask for a place with a cot at check-in. If there are not many babies on the way, the chances are high that you will get a seat where you can put the baby in a cot attached to the aircraft wall. Attention: at take-off, landing and as soon as the seat belt sign is on, you have to take the child back on your lap and buckle up.
8. Choose the best place
If you have a child under the age of 2 and fly a long distance, you should secure a seat in the front row on the wall so that you can use the Baby Bassinet. For short journeys it is best to choose an aisle seat so that you can get up in an emergency.
9. Don't get in straight away
Parents with children have priority when they start and are allowed in first. But since you have to wait and sit all the longer, it is often better to get in at the very end and let the child romp around beforehand!
10. Fly at night
It is best to take night flights, as these pass the fastest. Nunu still sleeps great on the plane to this day.
11. Provide entertainment
Children aged two and over need more entertainment than a baby. We always take a few books, MP3 players with children's songs and headphones, painting supplies and their favorite stuffed animal with us. We also allowed Nunu to watch a children's film on long-haul flights.
12: What else to pack:
- enough diapers
- changing mat
- wet wipes
- damp washcloths
- a small blanket
- Change of clothes
- little hat
- thick socks
- All-purpose bag with zip (if, for example, a diaper explodes or splits)