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Tips On Flying With Infants

By Erin Walker

This summer thousands of people will swarm the airports as they fly to their favorite vacation spots. Whether it’s the warm beaches of California, or the cool rocky mountains of Switzerland, everyone wants to get off work and go somewhere. Some of these families will be traveling with perhaps the most difficult age of children to travel with, infants.

Just because you have one or more infants doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. There are several things that can be done during flights that will make both you and your child more comfortable. The first thing you can do is to avoid making bottles ahead of time. Bottles of milk easily sour and the liquids might cause trouble as you pass through security checks. To save yourself time and hassle, simply fill an empty bottle partly full with powdered milk. Then, when you get on the plane, immediately ask for some water. Now, all you have to do is mix the water and powdered milk in the bottle, and you will have milk that is fresher. If you plan on traveling more than a few hours by plane, take more than one bottle of powdered milk.

If you are traveling internationally or are on a longer flight, request the bulkhead seating. This seating is usually found at the front of each seating segment of the plane and has a wider floor space. The bulkhead seating also will typically have a bassinet that can be used as a bed for the baby and will also provide more legroom for you. Most airlines are courteous and will automatically place families with infants in the bulkhead seating, but if they do not, you can always ask one of the stewardess if it would be possible to sit there.

One more thing you can do is to avoid giving your infant any milk until after the plane is in the air. The hardest and most painful part of the trip for most babies is the take off and landing. When the plane lifts off the ground so quickly, it hurts the baby’s ears. While most adults know to yawn, chew, or swallow to pop their ears, an infant is left with painful earaches that may result in trouble during the entire trip. In giving the baby something to drink as soon as you’ve taken off, the baby will be able to immediately pop his or her ears. With this hardest part out of the way, your flight should go much more smoothly.

With these tips, hopefully your vacation will be a relaxing and fun one. Don’t let a baby keep you from traveling. Infants are not the only things that can keep you from traveling, however. Fear of burglaries can also keep a family back or ruin a vacation with worry. Having even a simple home security system can also contribute to a successful vacation.

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