Generally speaking, babies make excellent travelers. Why? Simple. They sleep a lot. They are less likely to disturb you too much. Whether you travel by plane, train or car, the associated noises tend to become quite relaxing after a while, not to mention the swinging movements. However, this is only the positive part. There is also a negative one. What happens when the baby starts crying and you just cannot stop them? The truth is that the first flight for your baby can become a happy and exciting adventure for the entire family. Get yourself ready accordingly and there is no way to fail.
In the attempt to prevent all kinds of unexpected and uncomfortable situations, plenty of parents feel frightened when it comes to their babies’ first flights. They get worried that their babies may not accommodate to the flight, not to mention disturbing the other passengers. The truth is that babies can adapt pretty fast to any kind of environment. The thought itself is not too encouraging, yet you should relax. A little planning will ensure that your entire family will enjoy your little one’s first flight with no major issues at all.
Pay Attention to the Hands
Hands must be tidy. This is the first major rule. Every family member’s hands must be clean, including your baby’s. Why? Simple. Keep in mind that during the first year, the baby’s immune system is extremely weak and not used to any outside factors. At this point. Your main concern is to prevent the baby from getting in touch with too many germs. Therefore, recommend everyone in your family to wash their hands regularly. Also, keep some wet paper towels or disinfecting gel around. After all, you will touch a lot of foreign objects, including the bathroom door catch.
Keep the Diaper Changing Blanket Nearby
Never overlook this consideration. Most parents ignore this blanket, yet it is essential. The blanket goes under the baby when changing the diaper. Its primary role is to keep germs away when you do it in a public spot. At the same time, do not overlook the importance of a professional seat. Plane seats are just like car seats. The respective spot is way safer for your baby than your own arms. Other than that, make sure that the seat is certified and actually tested for such things. If you have ever bought a car seat, perform the same research and checkups on a plane seat.
Stop the Ears from Cracking
Every person in the world experiences a mild discomfort when it comes to traveling by air. It happens. Your baby has the same issues too. The air pressure changes when the plane goes up and down. It provokes all kinds of unusual noises, which is a bit uncomfortable for the baby. You probably know how to solve these things on your own. You swallow a few times or perhaps get some chewing gum. These things help in balancing the air pressure. Your baby has no clue how to do it, so you can tackle the discomfort by breastfeeding or giving the baby a pacifier. Even your fingers are good and “tasty”, assuming that they are clean.
Pack Some Extra Stuff
Babies are needy. There are no doubts about it. It is your responsibility to pack some extra stuff. Get more diapers, extra wet paper towels, more clothes and so on. Pack everything in your little one’s bag and not your bag. Do not forget the general stuff, like the baby’s favorite toys, games and pacifiers.
Get Ready for Air Sickness
This is the moment you figure whether your baby suffers from air sickness. Make sure that everyone has had plenty of rest before getting on the plane. In order to help the baby sleep, you have to adjust their sleeping habits with up to a week before leaving. If you go to a different country, check the timing differences and timezones. Once you get there, stick to the new schedule and give your baby a day to get used to it.
Keep Everything Stress Free
Make sure that the day for this big trip is stress free. Get early to the airport. Take advantage of preferential embarkation. This procedure is normally recommended to families with babies. Also, choose flights with long breaks, only to prevent those moments of stress and agitation around airports. From that point on, you can finally enjoy this trip. Your baby feels the stress, so they will inevitably become annoyed as well.
As a short final conclusion, you do not have to work too hard to prepare your baby for the first flight. Such procedures are based on nothing but common sense. Avoid unexpected or stressful situations and there is no way to fail in enjoying the vacation of a lifetime.