Thursday, 11 April 2013

Air Travel With Baby - Precautions

You have chosen the aircraft for transportation to take you on your holiday. What are the precautions to take if you undertake this journey with a baby? Here are the tips for the perfect trip by plane with baby.
At what age should you fly with your baby?
1) For healthy infants:

  • One week for a short flight with a maximum one flight per week.
  • 3 weeks for a long haul.

2) For premature or with respiratory problems, consult a doctor before traveling.
3) For airlines:

  • A baby is a child under the age of 2 years.
  • Babies must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 babies per adult).

How a baby can be on a plane trip?
A baby can travel on your lap or in a stroller provided by the airline for babies fewer than 9 or 10 kg. During takeoff and landing, hold the child on your lap if possible.
When booking:

  • Ask for a place "baby": Choose the first row because there is free space in front to move the stroller.
  • If you have a big stroller, specify its size to see if it can return in the luggage compartment. Large strollers should be recorded as bulky luggage.
  • Report at the time of booking or 24 hours in advance that you are traveling with a baby. The Company may provide appropriate meals and even small gifts.
  • If you have liquids in luggage like milk or a small pot in your hand, you can usually keep it with you if it is less than 100 ml.

Comfort of Baby:

  • Do breastfeed your baby during takeoff and landing to prevent clogging of ears.
  • If baby has a problem like an ear infection, try to avoid air travel and ask your ENT specialist.
  • If your child starts screaming, stay calm and reassure to rock him.
  • Remember to give drinks regularly to baby during the flight.

There are some facilities offered by the airlines for the baby comfort, so be sure to check if:

  • Aircraft is equipped with changing tables.
  • Within the plane, you can heat the bottles prepared in advance.
  • Pouches for small gifts are often offered by companies.
  • A baby pays only 10% of the price of a seat and sometimes it is free for some companies if the baby travels on your lap.
  • You should be among the first to board.

The objects to be at hand for a long haul flight:

  • A change of clothes in case of leakage or vomiting (body included!)
  • Diapers, wipes, towel and plastic bags to put dirty diapers.
  • One or two bibs and paper towels.
  • Warm clothing: air conditioning can be cold during the long waits in airport lounges in case of delay in flights.
  • The blanket and / or the nipple and some favorite toys for the baby.
  • The air travel is a lot difficult as compared to car journeys with baby, so precautions are better.

Author has good knowledge about air travel and is associated with one of the leading air charter services providers in India, Club One Air, who offers air ambulance services, private jets and jet air travel services.
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