The Jakarta Post
The most convenient time to bring a baby is during their sleep time. (Shutterstock/Yaoinlove)
Bringing babies while traveling on an airplane can pose quite a challenge. Preparation is key, especially if you are new at the task.
Below are some tips that may come in handy for parents planning to fly with their babies in tow, as compiled by kompas.com.
1. Don't wait until the last minute
Parents or guardians should consider booking plane tickets at least one month prior to travel time. Each airline has its own policy regarding babies as passengers, as well as ticket prices, hence you will need as much time as possible to review all of the related regulations.
Booking tickets earlier will also allow you to request facilities for babies, such as bassinet. Some carriers even provide special food for two-year-olds or above, however, you will need to make a prior reservation.
2. Smart scheduling
The most convenient travel time when bringing a baby is during their sleep time. For instance, consider booking a short-distance flight during the day (when they take their nap), or a long-distance one during the night.
3. Sit at the front
When you're bringing a baby, sitting in the front row in front of a bulkhead near the alley is recommended. Aside from the lower noise and wider gap between seats, such a place will also ease your trip when entering and exiting the plane, as well as bringing the child to the toilet or simply standing up while carrying them when they feel bored.
4. Bring a special bag for the baby
Other than diapers, milk and food, you should also fill the bag with their favorite toys, wet wipes and change of clothes.
5. Pick the right clothing
The cabin of the plane can get very cold, hence, ensure the baby wears warm clothes that are also easy to take off in case you want to change their diaper or clothes or if they suddenly feel too hot.
6. How to lessen ear pain
Ear pain happens not only to babies but adults as well due to the change in pressure. Consider feeding them with baby biscuits or milk or breastfeeding them exactly as the plane takes off or as it descends to land.
7. Travel with another adult
Another adult will be able to help you take care of the baby, especially when you need to go to the toilet or take a break during a long-haul flight.
8. Be friendly
It's not a crime to bring a baby when traveling by plane. However, it is recommended to be friendly to other passengers, even perhaps introduce your child to them, just in case your child gets cranky and annoys other travelers. (vit/kes)