6 Things to Know When Flying with a Baby

My husband and I have been avid travelers for many years before we started having kids. Our travels haven’t slowed down since we had our first-born. In fact, we started taking our firstborn on flights at the age of two months. And in that first year, we took her on four separate trips, ranging from a week to a whole month, both domestically and internationally. The idea of traveling with a baby can be daunting enough, let alone going through the whole airport process. What if I told you that flying with a baby is completely doable?

Things to know when flying with a baby:

Domestic Flights

For the first two years of their life, they can fly within the USA for free! That’s right. When you book your airline tickets online, include your lap infant under two in your itinerary for free. Booking their ticket as a lap infant, means that your infant doesn’t get their own seat, but rather they are seated on your lap. 

We took full advantage of that rule and flew with our daughter back to California three times in her first year of life.

International Flights

If you’re taking your lap infant under two internationally, you only pay 10% of your ticket’s value for them. Check with your airline as this might vary. Also, make sure they have their own passport too! Who doesn’t want to see their cute little face in an official document anyways?

We took a month long vacation to Europe to celebrate her first birthday, visiting 5 different countries by plane and rail. Train transportation was free for her and her plane tickets cost next to nothing.

International Baby Bassinet

On most long haul international flights, some aircraft provide baby bassinets. Call your airline to ask if they have them, and reserve one right away if they do. In most cases, they might have a maximum of two and they go quick. I was lucky to get one on her first International trip and it was so nice. Not only do they sleep better, but you get extra leg room being seated in the designated bulkhead row. It’s a win-win! Make sure your baby fits the airline’s bassinet weight/height limit.

Wearing your Baby at the Airport

The best way to go through the whole airport procedure with a baby in tow is by wearing them in a baby carrier. It gives your arms the freedom to carry other things while your baby is securely snuggled right on you.

Gate Check Baby’s Accessories

Most airlines allow you to gate check at least two baby equipment items. Meaning you can gate check a car seat and a stroller at no extra cost, as long as your baby is traveling with you. You also can bring their diaper bag on board, in addition to your own personal small item (purse/backpack). Always check with your airline for all the baby allowances.

You get the option to either drop off at check-in or gate check it at the gate before you get in the plane. Tip: Ask for a “Fragile” sticker at check-in to be put on them.

Nursing Rooms

Some airports provide moms nursing rooms or lactation pods after security checkpoints. Check your departing and arriving airports if they have such rooms. The rooms are nice to get you and your baby situated before or after a flight, for nursing/feeding/pumping or changing your baby’s diaper. You’ll appreciate the peace and quiet they provide!

I will be sharing more tips and what to bring when flying with a baby that has worked great for me later. Stay tuned for my next posts!

 

Belina
Belina was a professionally signed dancer in Los Angeles, CA for several years. She has been a member of professional dance teams, as well as dance teams in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association and taught dance full time in the greater Los Angeles area. Belina has been in several national and international TV appearances where she has done commercials, music videos, talent competitions such as America's Got Talent, and America's Best Dance Crew, as well as print modeling. She is fluent in Albanian, Greek, and English. Belina is a graduate with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University in Northridge. Having lived in the golden state of California for 16 years, my husband and I were excited to move to the sunshine state of Florida in 2017. We have been married since 2007, and waited 10 years until we decided to give our furry child a little human sibling. We are avid travelers and love to go on adventures. We’ve visited several countries in 5 different continents so far, and you better believe we started taking our daughter on trips at only 2 months old. Travel is our passion and we now love seeing our beautiful world through our daughter's eyes! I want to make moms feel confident that you too can take that bucket list trip with no kid left behind! After all, travel is the best form of education.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Good tips for someone who’s never traveled with a baby. But, A month long trip to Europe to celebrate baby’s first birthday?! Seriously??

    • I’m glad you found these travel tips helpful, JJ! By all means, our daughter’s birthday wasn’t the only reason we took a month long trip to Europe. It was a nice excuse to relieve us from our travel itch we’ve had for the prior two years (pregnancy, moving states, raising a newborn). But also to celebrate us as first time parents for doing parenting 24/7/365 with no family or friends close by. Plus fall is absolutely beautiful in Europe; less tourists, lovely weather and cheaper prices. The length of a trip, or even the destination, is not what matters, as long as you’re with the people you love and are making memories that will last a lifetime!

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