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Flying With an Infant

Logistics of Flying With Your Baby

As simple as an airplane flight may seem, it all changes when you travel with a baby. These are times when the unexpected seems to happen. Be prepared for the worst, and you'll come out ahead on the other side. To avoid unnecessary hiccups, there are a few general things to remember:
  • Always pack a second outfit for both you and your baby in your diaper bag/carry-on luggage. Spit-up happens, as does diarrhea and vomit. You name it, it can happen. If it does, you have fresh clothes for both of you.
  • Make sure to pack double the food you think you will need. Airplanes are often delayed or you may have to sit on the runway for longer than expected. Food always helps pass the time with a young child.
  • Bring extra diapers and wipes. Also bring extra bags for dirty diapers, as the rest of the passengers don't want to smell stinky diapers.
  • Bring books and toys for your baby -- you will be the sole source of entertainment for the entire plane ride, so make sure you are prepared.
If you are planning on taking a red-eye flight, in hopes of having your child sleep, don't count on it. There may be too much excitement and change for your baby.
Many people plan on giving their child Baby Benadryl, to make them sleepy. This often backfires, however, and makes the baby extremely hyper. So, if you are planning on doing this, talk to your child's healthcare provider about it ahead of time. Never medicate your child without necessary medical justification.
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