How to Manage at the Airport with Infants and All the Regulations
Nowadays flying has definitely become more complicated. Of course it is for your own safety that there are now so many rules and regulations, but if you are a parent than you know how difficult it can be. It can be especially difficult if you will be traveling alone with infants. A lot of parents often worry about how the children will manage on the plan. Especially after all of the news reports on how some people got kicked off of the planes because of all the noise their children were making. It is possible however to have a nice smooth flight with your children in tow.
The first thing you need to do is organize while you are still at home. This will mean that you need to have a checklist of everything that you will need at the airport. You are usually allowed to bring a diaper bag on board with you so it is important that you have your entire baby essentials in that diaper bag. You should also have a bottle prepared if you are still feeding them formula.
The airline may require you to open the bottles so that they can check them. If you are breastfeeding then you have nothing to worry about. Just make sure that you bring some sort of wrap so you can very discreetly nurse your baby when necessary. You should also arrive at least three hours before your flight. The airline usually tells you two hours but this will give you the opportunity to get the baby settled down before you board the plane.
Another suggestion is to check your bags curbside when you arrive at the airport. Just make sure that your name and all of your information is on the bags before you turn them over. This will definitely save you a lot of time, and you won’t have to worry about dragging all of your bags through the airport. If possible you may want to try and put your little one to sleep before you get on the plane.
This is quite an essential step as many people confuse their bags with that of others, which are more often than not of the same size, shape and color and it leads to unnecessary problems when two bags are mixed up and you end up with someone else’s belongings. There is an incident that I recall at Seattle Tacoma Intl Arpt where two passengers’ were fighting it out at a similar incident and everyone, including me, were amused at the sight.
I know some parents have waken their little ones up nice and early so by the time they board they are pretty sleepy. The sound of the planes engines also helps them go to sleep a lot quicker, at least for some babies. These are just a few suggestions that you may find helpful on your flight with your infant. The bottom line is to try and be as relaxed as possible and your baby will too. If there is a delay try not to go too upset and frustrated. Sometimes things like that do happen so just try your best to be patient.