Forgetting to check with your doctor first
When can you fly with a baby? According to webmd.com, age isn’t a huge factor. Still, if you have a newborn less than 2 months old, you should check with your doctor first before buying tickets. Babies need time to develop their immune system, which is why not all babies may be ready for air travel. A pediatrician can say whether or not your baby is ready and counsel you on any precautions you should be taking.
Being unprepared for take-off and landing
Chaunie Brusie, a mom of four, said the biggest mistake you can when flying with a baby is not anticipating the changes in cabin pressure that happen during take-off and landing. Even if your baby falls asleep, wake him up to offer coping mechanisms in advance, rather than having him wake up in the middle of the descent to popping ears, Brusie warns. “The change in cabin pressure results in middle ear discomfort in infants,” explains Jacqueline Romanies, DC, Family and Pediatric Chiropractor at Dr. Matt’s Wellness Center. “This is why during take off and landing you often hear a little one crying on the plane. Encourage the infant to feed or suck on a pacifier to help keep the ears more comfortable and to equalize the pressure.”
Not packing a change of clothes
It might be a no-brainer to pack extra onesies for baby, but they’re not the only ones who might need a back-up outfit. “Don’t make the mistake of only bringing a change of clothes for the baby,” warns Kelly Burch, mom of one. “Babies plus low pressure equals enough poop to ruin both baby and mom’s outfits.” When you pack your carry on, make sure you grab a change of clothes for everyone who will be caring for the baby. Of course, don’t forget a few extra Ziploc bags for soiled clothes just in case. And avoid changing dirty diapers on the tray table—it’s one of those airplane etiquette rules you just need to follow.