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Flying With an Infant

The Actual Trip

Everyone who steps on an airplane is required to go through security at the airport. That means, be prepared to put your diaper bag and stroller through the x-ray machine. Remove your baby from the stroller, and wait for the security officer to wave you through.
Most airlines allow families with young children to pre-board. Take advantage of this offer, as it gives you a chance to get settled with your baby. This is also a good time to attach your baby's car seat safely to the airplane seat.
The take-off and landing can be difficult for little ears, since babies do not yet know how to "pop" their ears on their own. To avoid having your baby screaming in agony, it is helpful to give your baby something that requires them to suck on (both during take-off and landing). A few ideas are:
  • Bottle
  • Pacifier
  • Thumb
  • Sippy cup, depending on the age of your baby.
Make sure to wait until you are actually taking off to have them start sucking. You don't want your baby to finish their bottle on the tarmac and have no effect!
When it comes time to land, wait until you hear the announcement that you are starting the descent; this is a good time to start your baby sucking again.
During the flight, you can take advantage of the time with your baby (whether you read books, rest, or play); make light of it and have fun. You'll be there before you know it!

Can I Take Breast Milk and Other Baby Foods on the Flight?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has modified its rules on carrying breast milk through security checkpoints at the airport. Breast milk has been put into the same category as liquid medications to make it easier for breastfeeding moms to travel.
Mothers flying with or without their child are permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than 3 ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint. You are also permitted to bring gel- or liquid-filled teethers and canned, jarred, or processed baby food in your carry-on baggage and aboard your plane.
Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are all allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 ounces. If your baby drinks formula, just bring the empty bottle and the measured formula powder; ask the flight attendant for some water once it is time for your baby to eat.
For all other liquids that you or your baby might need to travel with, the normal rules apply. For each liquid container, there can be up to 3 liquid ounces. All liquid containers need to be stored in one clear, quart-sized, plastic, zip-top baggy and placed alone in one of the screening bins.
The TSA updates the rules and regulations of flying frequently. If you would like to see the most up-to-date information, you can visit their site at
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