The plane is a fast and comfortable means of transport, especially to cover long journeys. If you are considering a long trip with your baby and do not know when you can travel with him by plane or if it is recommended or not, this article will answer all your questions.
Since when can baby travel by plane?
Although it seems that months should be expected to ride a plane with a baby, the truth is that companies allow babies to travel from the first day of life, although it is true that pediatricians do not recommend traveling with babies on short trips before the two weeks of life, and of the month if the flight is going to last more than 10 hours.
However, it is the parents themselves who, except for special situations such as the baby having gone ahead and born early, or the parents living far from their families, do not consider traveling with their little one with a few days of life, since that the first weeks are undoubtedly the most complicated and both parents and the baby have to adapt to their new life, so it is not the best time to make a trip and less by plane.
However, if for whatever reason you want to travel by plane shortly after the baby was born, you should know that there is no minimum age to travel by plane or need to wait a certain time, everything will depend on the health of the baby, how was the delivery, if complications arise in the first days, etc.
If all goes well, pediatricians recommend waiting at least 2 weeks for the baby to adapt to his new environment and the trip is less hard. Also, this is the time that the newborn needs to remove the remains of amniotic fluid from the ear, which could make him feel a lot of pain when taking off and landing due to pressure changes.
And, if the journey is long and will last more than 10 hours, it is better to wait for the child to have a month, although these are only recommendations, the company will not make you any impediment or force you to carry a medical certificate or recommendation.
Tips for traveling by plane with a baby
If you are going to fly by plane with your baby, be your age, it is advisable to follow these recommendations so that the trip is as good as possible:
- Remember that children under 2 years do not need to pay a ticket, since they do not occupy a seat, although you must get a boarding pass for him. During the trip, it will be attached to you with a special belt. Although, if you want to get a ticket so that the whole trip does not go with you, you can do it.
- Prepare a handbag to have everything you need for the trip available: diapers, pacifiers, wipes, change clothes, bottle if you do not breastfeed, blanket or coo, toys, etc.
- To avoid aortitis or earache when taking off and landing, more frequent in babies because their eustachian tube is narrower, you can put it to the chest just at that time or offer the pacifiers that, when sucking, you do not notice so much pressure changes
- Try to respect your sleep and food schedules even on the plane so you don’t get nervous or cry.
- To prevent dehydration, offer your chest, bottle or water (depending on your age) more often.
- Most companies offer long-distance crib service to make the baby travel more comfortable. Consult yours.
- The stroller can be taken to the same entrance of the plane and, once there, the flight attendants will be in charge of keeping it until landing.
- Families with babies have priority boarding.
- It is normal for the baby to cry at some point, but you should not get nervous about it or worry about the rest of the passengers since it is something that can happen and that can not be avoided. Of course, try to calm him with the tricks that you normally use, such as singing, rocking, putting on a pacifier, giving him a toy, putting him on the chest, walking with him on the plane … If he is older, you can put his favorite series of drawings or a song on the tablet.
- Avoid flying if the baby has a bad cold or a lot of nasal congestion, as it could even break the eardrum. Consult your pediatrician first.