Just a thought of your baby’s first flight makes lots of parents nervous. because babies are unpredictable and you just cannot understand what problem they are having.
I was also in same situations a few weeks back. Summer vacation is soon approaching and I had not yet decided where to go, because of same reason. I have Coorg “Scotland of India” in Mind but I have not yet finalized anything. I just wanted to make sure my baby can “fly” comfortably. But with little online research and some professional advice from a Pediatrician, I am stress-free now.
As my wife was pregnant, we have not traveled from January 2017. My son Dwij is 6 months old now and rocking. I want to make a short trip to any hill station of India to definitely get away from the summer hit and I also want my child to experience the flights. As the pressure changes in the flight cabin, babies generally experience pain in their ear and may end up crying, irritable.
So if you have no other option but to travel by flights or you are just as desperate as me to take a short trip somewhere this summer, this post will help you a lot.
I am sharing few professional tips that will definitely relieve your stress about your baby’s first flight.
I consulted a Paediatrician, my friend, who suggested some simple measures to keep your baby calm during the flight
- For your baby’s safety ask for the infant belt, most of the airlines have infant belts available for people just like you and me!!
- Take off and landing is the worst part for your baby, well also for some adults!! Because the pressure change is maximum at this time. It is advisable to have your baby feeding – Breastfeeding is preferable as your baby has the comfort of mother’s touch. If not possible, have him something to suck on. Maybe pacifier or milk bottle.
- By the time they get 6 months old, they develop a time zone when they go to sleep. try to book a flight which is just before this time zone. This way, they will sleep during the flight, something every parent wish to happen on each of their flight.
- One of the best tricks was, keep your baby busy with some activities during the waiting period. Let him play with toys, roll around a little. This will drain lot of his energy and he will go to sleep very easily.
Update on June 9th, 2018:
So he has already completed his first flight, we decided to go to Goa again. As it seems the most convenient option for us.
But the main part is, he had no issue at all. I heard some other children crying all almong the flight time but Dwij managed it very well.
Let me tell you what we did to make sure he has least difficulties in flight:
Dwij is always curious about new things and the environment around him. It helped a lot. Because half the time he was playing with food tray, magazines and was smiling at other travelers. One Aunty even commented that, he was the only child in flight who didn’t cry!!
We made sure that he his regular sleeping schedule is not disturbed, so for both the time we choose flight during noon time. So that he can have enough sleep in the morning.
We also arranged his feeding time in such a way, that at the time of take-off he is hungry. breastfeeding during the flight not only helps him to stay calm but it also relieves him from ear pain. Because of the pressure changes.
We choose non stop flight, even though it was costlier. Thus we didn’t have to deal with multiple take off and landings. It helped!!
Hope it helps, still if any reader has any query regarding your baby’s flight just leave it in the comment section.