Choose The Right Airline
Air travel with babies is not the easiest thing in the world. But here are some suggestions that can make a baby travel air trip a little easier for yourself, your baby and the other passengers.
A good start is to choose a family friendly airline. Some are simply much better than others when it comes to looking after parents travelling with children. My number one recommendation is Singapore Airlines, they are simply accommodating both in the air and – if you need further assistance, on the ground.
You can request assistance at the airport if you are travelling in difficult circumstances like one parent and a baby. In my experience they have assisted by carrying my bags for me and fast-tracking me through the airport procedures in order to help make the ordeal a little less difficult.
Baby Travel Feeding
These flights will also supply baby foods meals if your baby is at that stage, you just have to organise these things at the booking in desk with their official and it will be taken care of for you.
When you are flying with a very small baby the air pressure in the cabin can cause your baby to feel uncomfortable and that could mean an unpleasant flight for everyone. The best way to keep you baby’s ears clear is to give them regular short feeds. This means simply a one or two minute feed every twenty minutes or so.
Many family-friendly airlines also can provide a sleeping cot for your baby. This can be a great relief to a parent who is getting a little cramp in the arms after holding a restless baby for the last three hours.
Babies seem to sleep very comfortably in these cots which can hold up to 16 or 18 kgs of weight meaning that your 18 month old baby should be able to fit into it without any trouble. The good thing is the engine’s constant rhythmic sound can usually help your baby sleep better.
Give Your Baby Some Familiarity
Keeping a few familiar toys with you can calm your baby when they begin to feel restless in this unfamiliar environment. If you have a special musical toy or rattle with you (that wont disturb the other passengers too much – bearing in mind that a crying baby would disturb them more), this familiar sound could be all it takes to give you baby a sense of home.
Your voice can also add a great comfort to your baby whenever they feel perturbed by unfamiliar surroundings. So be prepared to sing some lullabys or tell a few versions of Jack and the Beanstalk in order to entertain your baby on the flight.
One final word. Traveling with a baby means not taking your eyes off them. Don’t let your baby out of your sight for half-a-second while traveling through the international airports.