11 tips to survive a flight with a baby
How we all dread being the mom with the screaming baby on the airplane.. People either give you a pitiful *I’ve been there*-look or the: *seriously haven’t you had any training for this at all, you suck and I’m super annoyed*-look. It sucks. Apart from the standard stuff you’ll have to bring along when leaving the house with your babe, here are 10 nifty tricks to survive a flight with an infant. I learned most of these the hard way.
1. Always pack at least 3 pacifiers! As the name of my blog suggests: after having a baby you will be looking for a pacifier 40 per cent of your waking moments.
2. Put these pacifiers in your pocket. Or any other place within 2 seconds reach. Make sure to bring along pacifier caps for better hygiene 😉
3. Bring something to soothe teething pain. Do it. For us chamodent (homeopathic drops) was a serious lifesaver. If your baby is teething, or suddenly decides to start teething the moment you board your flight, this is the only way to convince them not to vocalize their pain.
4. Bring along some new and exciting stuff. My baby loved my new watch (make sure yours is drool proof before lending it to your infant), and she loved the package her baby-aspirin came in. Disclaimer: these are probably somehow not safe toys. Maybe that’s why baby’s love playing with weird stuff like this..
5. Pack squeezy foods. Make sure to give your baby some practice at eating these first, otherwise they might end up covering that nice old lady in the seat in front of you with pureed broccoli.
6. Fill up your milk powder dispenser. Found some handy tips about which dispenser to get on this link: http://mommydiariesclub.com/milk-powder-dispensers-the-good-and-the-bad/.
7. Get extra friendly with the airplane staff and the people sitting near you. This can come in handy when you need water for a bottle pronto/extra napkins/crackers/blankets/an extra pair of hands/or just a friendly face. Also, they will be less annoyed when baby cries
8. Dress your baby for an easy diaper change. My go-to combo is a onesie with leggings.
9. Try to fly during babies nap time. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but just to clear the air: sleep is a surefire way to prevent crying.
10. Fill up your milk powder dispenser. Found some handy tips about which dispenser to get on this link: http://mommydiariesclub.com/milk-powder-dispensers-the-good-and-the-bad/.
11. Feed during landing especially! Babies ear canals are narrower and more curved than adults, so pressure changes during takeoff and landing (landing more so than takeoff) can give them “discomfort” (read excruciating pain in the experience of baby). Whereas we, grown-ups, can pop our own ears, try explaining how to do that to a 0-year old. To ensure your baby’s ear pressure is relieved, give your baby a sip of whatever liquid he or she prefers anytime your own ears pop. If your baby refuses to drink a pacifier can help as well. While feeding during landing AND take-off is optimal, try to at least feed during landing, because the pressure changes are more uncomfortable during landing than they are during take off.
Enjoy your trip!