Preparing to Board a Plane with Baby

If you want to travel with your little one, taking a plane with a baby is actually a much safer route for babies thanright traveling through land route, if using a special baby seat. Before you take your baby on a plane, there are a few things that need to be prepared and understood.

Many assume that the baby's immune system is not strong enough, so traveling by plane will make the baby vulnerable to contracting infections. But actually, viral and bacterial infections can occur anywhere, including even at home. In addition, turbulence in the aircraft can also be overcome with special baby seats and the use of seat belts.

Before Traveling

Taking a baby on a plane is actually a relatively safe activity if prepared properly. Therefore, before traveling with a baby or booking a ticket, there are a few things to be aware of and prepare for.

1. Pay attention to the baby's age

Each airline sets a minimum age for a baby to be allowed to fly, usually between 2-14 days after birth. There are also some airlines that ask for a doctor's letter stating if the mother and child are in good health to board the plane. As for premature babies, the age of flying is calculated from the estimated date given by the doctor, not the date when they were born.

2. Choose flight hours

Choose a time when your baby usually sleeps, such as in the afternoon after eating, during his nap, or in the late afternoon. That way, on the plane he would fall asleep easily. In addition, taking into account the age of the baby, it is recommended to avoid flights that take long hours to hours.

3. Baby bed or baby bassinet (BSCT)

Ask if the airline provides baby bassinet or stroller certified for use on aircraft. If not, you must bring stroller or baby's own special place. If you're not breastfeeding, your baby will be safer inside baby bassinet. Infants or children under the age of 2 years are safer if they are seated in a special seat for them.

4. More space on the front bench

Also ask if the airline accommodates extra space for a crib. On airlines, passengers traveling with their infants and requiring BSCT are generally allowed to sit in the front row seats at no additional charge. If your little one is about six months old, it is advisable to buy him a separate chair. That way you can put your little one in the car seat and put him in the plane seat next to you.

5. Baby's breathing

Oxygen levels in airplanes are 30 percent less than on land. If your baby has breathing difficulties, the doctor may recommend backup oxygen. However, if your baby was born prematurely or has a history of breathing problems, your doctor may ask you to postpone the trip until your baby is at least one year old.

6. Baby gear

Bring essential supplies and items that can calm the baby on the plane, such as pacifiers, toys, blankets, and warm clothes. Also prepare eating utensils to feed him during the trip. Don't forget to ask about the possibility of bringing this special meal on board. You can also order special baby food on board. But to maintain safety and cleanliness, you should bring baby food that has been prepared before leaving.

While on the Plane

While on the plane, make sure the baby is in a comfortable position. Make sure you are ready to immediately fulfill all his needs. The following are things that deserve attention:

  • Changes in air pressure in airplanes can cause ear pain. To reduce the risk to your baby's ears while on an airplane, get him to suckle, drink milk from a bottle, or suck on his pacifier, especially when the plane is taking off or is on the way.
  • When the seat belt is removed, pick him up and take him for a walk along the hall if possible.
  • Protect your baby from exposure to bacteria and viruses, such as people sneezing or coughing.
  • Use an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer before you feed your little one.
  • Drink plenty of fluids so that you can provide enough breast milk for the baby on the plane.
  • If you're holding your baby in your arms, put your seat belt on him when the plane lands or takes off. By making sure the seat belt is fastened, you can more easily soothe and feed your little one on the plane.

Babies often cry when they feel uncomfortable, including if they feel changes on the plane. Remaining calm is key so that you can handle the situation well. That way, when the baby gets on the plane it will also be calmer until it arrives at its destination. A quiet baby will make your journey and that of other passengers more comfortable.