Travel Checklist for Your Baby’s First Flight

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Feeling nervous about your baby’s first flight? Or wondering what do you need to fly with a baby? Well, don’t. After reading this article, you will be much more pacified and confident than you ever thought as we will give you all the information you need about the baby traveling checklist. So tighten your seat belts and note down the tips and recommendations listed below.

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Precautions During Baby’s First Flight:

Do you know that it’s good to be a budget-friendly traveler but when traveling with a new baby for the first time, certain costs should be undertaken, to ensure a smooth journey? For example, make the daily routine of your child the first preference in selecting the flight timings, rather than the fare. Don’t opt for flight timings, when your baby is not at his best. This will make the baby’s first flight a comfortable one.

  • Never, Overload your Baggage, But Do Pack All the Essentials:

Avoid the hassle and frustration of getting the entire kitchen stock checked at security points, and limit your packing only to essentials. And with essentials, we primarily mean diapers, food, and formula/milk. Do double the quantity of these three items, as you might suffer a delayed flight and cranky baby at the same time.

  • Provision for Kid’s Entertainment:

It is not easy for an infant to cordially accept the new limited surroundings with strange people around, so be prepared to keep your baby engaged and entertained. Carry a few toys or items, they love to play with. In case your baby gets saturated very quickly, carry them to walk in the aisle without disturbing co-passengers and flight attendants.

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  • Essential Documents:

The essential documents which need to be carried along during the baby’s first flight are the birth proof like the birth certificate of your child, baby passport for kids of less than five years of age, immunization record, photo identity documents and if your little one has any medical story, do carry the proof for the same. For international travel, if the baby is accompanied by only one parent, there might be the need for a notarized letter of consent from the other parent, stating the approval of both parents for the flight travel. Maintain the record of digital photocopies of all the documents in your airplane packing list.

  • Baby Check-In Baggage Cost:

Do check with the terms and conditions of the airlines, regarding the cost they might incur for bringing along the baby gear like the car seat, buggy-stroller, or travel cot. It is wise to pay some extra for a safe and happy trip.

  • Avoid Last-Minute Destination Arrival:

When traveling with infants, the situation does get a little stressed and delays might occur. But still, try and avoid any delay in reaching the airport, as you will require little extra time as compared to co-travelers, in passing through all the screening and settling down in the flight.

  • Maintain Surrounding Sanitation:

Considering the pandemic situations like Covid-19, it is essential to be self-dependent for your infant, when it comes to sanitization. Carry your sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to clean any surface your naughty infant can touch during the long hours of the journey.

  • Privacy and Seating Arrangement:

When traveling with an infant (especially one who is breastfed), you won’t prefer to give way to your adjacent passenger for walking in and out. So when booking a flight, give your preference for a window seat, which will also give you the privacy of feeding the baby if required.

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What do you Need in Your Hand Luggage?

The hand luggage checklist during the baby’s first flight is as follows:

  1. Diapers and diaper rash cream
  2. Sanitizing wipes for surface cleaning
  3. Plastic bags for disposing of soiled diapers and clothes
  4. Burp cloths and bibs
  5. Nursing cover
  6. Small and medium-sized blankets
  7. Baby carrier
  8. Two sets of clothes
  9. Pacifiers and teethers
  10. Snacks, cereals, and formula milk
  11. Container for heating milk on board
  12. Canned or jarred baby food
  13. Infant medication kit
  14. Nasal aspirator and saline solution

In case, you still miss any of the items when on the flight, don’t panic. You may take assistance from flight attendants or take favor from any of the co-passenger who is a new parent too. A baby’s first flight may not be an easy task to think about but at the same time, it is nothing impossible. A balance of patience and wisdom is all you need for a successful and safe journey on your baby’s first flight.

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