Planning for a flight doesn’t feel like too big a deal when you’re only looking after yourself, but with a baby in tow it can feel somewhat more daunting… From fussing and crying to stares from other passengers, flying with a baby can be a challenge - but fear not! We have gathered our top tips for keeping your baby calm on flights, so you can sit back, relax, and look forward to your destination.
The Usual Suspects
As many parents know, babies often have different cries or behaviours based on their needs. Look out for the usual symptoms in unusual places: flying is a new and confusing environment, so your baby might suddenly feel hungry at a time that seems outside of their routine.
Take Their Teethers
Teethers are a good solution when looking for something to capture your baby’s attention and keep them soothed! Sucking and gnawing on a teether also helps to regulate the pressure changes that come with being in a pressurised cabin, which can be extra uncomfortable for sensitive little ears. Browse our range of teethers to find the right fit for your baby!
Baby, It’s Cold Inside
It’s easy to forget that temperatures can get very cool when you’re 10,000 feet up in the air, especially if you’re travelling toward a hot destination! Make sure to bring lots of extra layers so you can bundle up your baby when it gets colder - babies are even more sensitive to cold than adults, and the discomfort can upset moods and routines! For your own ease, make sure the extra layers are easy to get on and off as there might be fluctuations in temperatures which mean you’re changing the amount of layers more often.
Where possible, try to maintain your baby’s routine, especially when it comes to nap time. If you end up in the middle of an airport transfer or forget to check the time, your baby will end up more tired and disoriented, which could make it harder to get them calm and sleeping later on! A good trick is to try to book your flights around scheduled naps, and to plan to be mid-flight when it’s time to sleep, so you can focus on your child without worrying about other air travel admin.
Keep Calm and Give Good Vibes
It can be easy to lose your head if your child is screaming inconsolably and you’re getting nasty stares from other passengers - if this happens, head to the back of the plane, where the engine sounds are louder and better for masking, and take it easy as much as you can. When you feel more calm, your baby will settle down more easily. Making sure their favourite soft toy is on hand is also a great way to encourage self-settling!
Now that you know what to do with your baby on a flight, you can concentrate on planning the perfect summer holiday! Bonne voyage!