Flying With Babies and Toddlers

If you are taking your baby on a plane journey, you may be concerned that he will cry and disturb other passengers. When you first get to your seat on the plane, if you can allow your baby to cry until he is finished crying, you are likely to have a more peaceful journey.

Things to think about:

  • Try to schedule a feed for take-off and as this helps babies to clear their ears.
  • Be as relaxed as possible. Allow as much time as possible to get ready and travel to the airport so you are not stressed. Your stress will transfer to your baby and cause more crying.
  • When your baby decides to cry, sit still and hold him and allow him to get through his feelings of frustration. If you explain to your fellow passengers that he’ll be fine in a few minutes, they’re likely to be sympathetic.
  • Try to stick to your baby’s 3 or 4 hour feeding routine and avoid trying to comfort your baby with extra feeding as this can lead to an uncomfortable tummy.
  • Dress your baby in comfortable clothing and be aware of the planes temperature as planes can get quite hot or cold. Take your own cotton blanket for the bassinette.
  • If the plane is very warm, offer your baby boiled water.
  • Take your sling or baby bjorn carrier on to the plane in case you don’t get your pushchair back on landing,  and have to carry your baby until you get to the baggage reclaim area.