How to Get Your Baby to Handle Flights

Have you ever noticed that the pre-flight instructions are very brief about what to do for your children or for infants for that matter?  Still, the most capable parents can be seen wielding their newborn in a sling in exotic locations that require a booster of no less than three immunizations.  These savvy parents can be seen bringing a little domestic scene in two plane airports scheduling their next hotel, a hotel with a view of a remote beach where they can unwind.  Getting there has been a challenge, their sleepless eyes and pale exhaustion show it.  Dad might get up to walk their anxious toddler, a walk that keeps him awake until their connecting flight arrives.  Meanwhile, Mom is flicking through her hotel app, checking reviews and rocking their youngest to sleep.  This couple doesn’t need to be so far from home and in such desperate discomfort, but their planning and focus under pressure will pay off in just a few short hours.  Vast stretches of private beach, squeaking sand and turquoise water all wait to greet them.  Can they push on?

Traveling with children can be a trying experience but ultimately an infinitely rewarding one. Can you push yourself to do the same?

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Baby’s First International Flight

Nearly any country that you could want to go to for your vacation, bringing children is also a feasible option.  Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Know Your Airlines:

Not all airlines were created equal; some are very parent-friendly and allow upwards of 13kg over the standard carry on limit for accommodating infants.

Consult Your Pediatrician – Before you leave for any international travel it is a good idea to visit the family doctor first.  A doctor can recommend immunizations, medication, and general precautions when traveling and visiting your child’s pediatrician with.

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It Takes a Plane to Raise a Traveler – We’ve all been there when a baby is not dealing with the pressure change that pops our ear drums at takeoff.  We’ve also had our flights brightened to see that curious pair of big eyes fascinated by all passengers.  If you weren’t able to arrange comfortable seats, your flight attendants and fellow passengers will be more than happy to help you after you board if it means a more pleasant flight for everyone.

Taking the Plunge

Easily the most difficult think about traveling with your children is deciding to do it.  At times things will be tough and at times you might wish that you had left them with a sitter but memories are made on vacations and every chance you have to expose your children to new experiences will help them develop into beautiful adults in their own time.  There can be no replacement for a family vacation; can you push yourself to memories happen?