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Top tips for flying with a baby for the first time shared by mums and dads themselves

Mirror logo Mirror 11/07/2018 Julie Delahaye
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Any parent will tell you that flying with children isn't always an easy feat - but at least with kids there are plenty of easy ways to keep them busy . 

However it's trickier with a baby who can't communicate as easily, not to mention flying can be quite a bewildering experience.

As a parent it can be quite daunting, especially if it's your first time flying with a baby; from making sure you have everything you need, to keeping your little one happy and making sure you have a comfortable flight too.

Luckily, mums and dads have shared their advice for new parents flying with a baby for the first time to help you navigate the milestone - and kick off your holiday stress-free!

Check out their parenting tips below...

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1. Your baby will probably cry - and that's fine

"I'd say the most important thing to remember is not to worry if they cry. They're babies, it's their only way they can communicate with you. The majority of other passengers will understand that."

2. Time your flights

"Earliest or latest flight - my little one fell asleep while taxiing the run way slept whole of the flight woke up just before landing for a bottle."

"Book flight times suited to your baby's routine - but don't rely on them."

3. Feed during take-off and landing

"When we took our first flight with our baby boy, someone suggested he get a breastfeed during take off and landing. Best advice ever! Seems to help with the change in air pressure and popping ears - definitely helped to keep him calm."

4. Pack a change of clothes for yourself

"Take a spare T-shirt for you - everyone takes spares for the baby, but I have then sat with baby puke all over me for hours."

5. Make use of the seat pocket

"Get prepared and stuff the seats in front with the muslins, dummies etc that you'll need during the flight so you don't have to keep getting stuff in and out of bags."

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6. Take a zip lock bag or two

"Taking a zip lock bag or two means you can keep anything dirty away from the nice (clean) stuff."

7. Snacks, snacks, snacks

"Take snacks for yourself, and for the baby - you can distract them when they get upset."

"Take familiar snacks because the stuff they give you on the plane like crisps isn't what your baby will be used to."

8. Think about where you sit

"As some airlines don't let you book a seat for a baby, we took a gamble and booked seats at the back of the plane, where they don't recline - we booked the aisle and window seats in the hope that nobody would book the random middle one.

"It has worked once and we got the seat for our baby, but when another passenger has turned up then we have the baby in the aisle seat so it's easier to get up with them."

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