Flying with an infant can be stressful, but with a little planning ahead you can make sure your trip runs smoothly. Check out these 8 tips from Liz, from our iFamily Mom Squad on how to make flying with an infant easy!
Tips For Flying With An Infant This Summer
With summer vacation in full swing right now, it’s important to know what to expect when heading to the airport with your little babe. I recently traveled with my 10 week old infant on a non-stop flight on Southwest. These are my biggest take-aways that I learned!
1. When flying with your baby (2 and under), make sure to have a copy of their birth certificate.
2. The stroller and car seat do not count against your 2 free bags! Yay!
3. The baby can ride in the stroller all the way to the gate.
4. When going through security, an adult carries the baby while the stroller and car seat go through the X Ray machine or patted down manually.
5. If bringing breast milk and formula through security, allow time for extra screening.
6. Any ice pack that is used to keep your milk cold MUST be frozen while going through security.
7. Stroller and car seats are not allowed on the plane, (unless you have purchased a seat for your baby, then a car seat is allowed). Before actually boarding the plane, leave the stroller and car seat at the end of the jetway. It will be safety loaded under the plane. When de-planing, the stroller and car seat will be on the jetway for you to pick up.
8. During take off and descending, ease your baby’s ear pressure by nursing or giving a bottle (swallowing helps relieve the pressure).
When flying an airline other than Southwest, make sure to check your airlines website and the TSA guides regarding traveling with a baby.
Don’t stress at all about the thought of flying with an infant. You can maintain your sanity just by being prepared. Honestly, flying with a young baby is super easy given you don’t have the extra baggage of toys and snacks yet. Give your baby a good feeding during take off and enjoy the snuggles flying high.