Apologies for my absence these past few days. I had been holidaying in Cairns with family and friends.
It was such a wonderful trip but I was apprehensive about the flights because it was the first time my little boy had ever been on a plane. I had heard so many things from different people prior to flying and can now recommend the following myself:
- Make sure you take plenty of bottles / formula / breastmilk supply on board, to ensure you have something for your baby to suck on during take off and landing. Sucking is important, so they don’t get sore ears from air pressure changes.
- Should you run out of milk, a dummy (pacifier) will also work.
- Bring new toys on the plane that the baby hasn’t played with before, to keep the baby entertained.
- Make sure you have everything for baby in the one bag, at your feet e.g. nappies, food, wipes, teething gel.
- Ask the airline if they have a spare seat when you get to the airport and try to obtain it for your partner and/or self. This will give you more room to spread out, if the baby wants to sleep. This is of course for domestic flights, as international flights give you a baby travel cot.
- If priority boarding is offered, use it if you are traveling with young children. You may need the time to arrange in your seat.
- Take a sippy cup of water on board, to keep from dehydration.
- Ensure the flight attendants give you an infant seatbelt before taking off.
Outside of flying, you will need to consider the following for your trip:
- Do you need to hire a car seat or will you bring your own?
- How will you get everything to the airport – do you need to consider long-term parking?
- Is there a pram you can borrow or do you need to transport the pram on the plane?
- Is there a cot available where you’re staying or do you have to bring a portacot and bedding?