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Babies on Airplanes

Any type of traveling with a baby is hard, but airplane may be the hardest of all. Not only do you have the usual travel concerns but you also have seating concerns, air pressure concerns and safety concerns. Fortunately, airplane travel can be made easier by following a few simple tips.

• Buy children their own seat. Although many airlines allow babies to travel for free if they are carried on an adults lap, it is far safer if you purchase a separate seat for your child and buckle them into their car seat for take off and landing. This practice will allow for your baby to be more secure during any turbulence and also keep your hands free if you need to attend to your baby during any type of emergency. Also, ask your travel representative about discount pricing for tickets for babies and small children. If a particular flight is not booked, many airlines provided discounted rates.

• Choose a convenient flight time. If you are traveling with a baby you will want to choose a flight that is less crowed, and preferably, nonstop. Midday flights are usually the least busy. Nonstop flights will cut down on the inconvenience of having to run to your connecting flight with a baby and all of their gear in tow. Also, try to arrange to have an aisle seat to make trips to the bathroom for diaper changes more convenient.

• Arrange your baby's naptime around the flight time. A few days or weeks before your scheduled flight, attempt to alter your baby's nap schedule to coincide with the time of your flight. This way, shortly after takeoff, your baby will be ready to sleep. If your baby can sleep for most or all of the flight, it will be easier on you and your baby.

• Nurse or bottle-feed your baby during take off and descent. The swallowing motion of feeding will help to relieve any discomfort associated with the change in air pressure during these times. Sometimes, changes in air pressure can cause pain in the middle ear chamber. Swallowing will open the ear tube and allow that pressure to escape.

• Change your baby's diaper frequently. The change in schedule and the newness of the surroundings can work to make your baby anxious and extra sensitive. With this heightened awareness, your baby will be more sensitive to discomfort such as having a wet or soiled diaper.

• Bring a few extra changes of clothes. Spills and mess will be bound to happen and when they do you want o be prepared. You do not want your baby to have to suffer through a three-hour flight in wet or uncomfortable clothing. A change of clothes for you is also probably a good idea.

• Give your baby a dose of Tylenol before the flight. Some parents give their babies a dose of Tylenol in order to stop any pain from air pressure changes before they start. Also, the Tylenol will work to make your baby drowsy, which will help them settle down when it is naptime.

In addition to the above tips, it helps to remember that no matter how well you plan, flying with a baby will be more time-consuming and more difficult than a flying without a baby. So, just remember to take your time, try not to get too rushed or stressed, and arrive early so that you and your baby have time to plenty of time to settle in.

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