Travelling with a Newborn – For first time mums or dads, flying with a young baby can be daunting. It took me six months to build up the courage to fly with my firstborn. Now I can tell you why the best things come in small packages, and why travelling with tiny tots is the easiest time to do it.
1 They don’t Move – Travelling with a Newborn
Put them down and yip, they’re exactly where you left them. This is not the case with an older child. No newborn demands to walk up and down the aisles of planes, jump on the seats or kick the passenger in front of them, so try to relax and enjoy your trip.
2 They’re Small – Travelling with a Newborn
When it comes to sitting on your lap, young babies are light and they’re small. When you’re travelling with a 23 month old ‘infant’ you’ll know what I’m talking about.
3 They Sleep – Travelling with a Newborn
New babies tend to sleep a lot, especially on a propeller plane with lots of white noise. Travelling with an older baby who has dropped his/her naps brings further challenges.
4 Young Babies Look like their Passport Photos
When they’re four and a half it’s slightly ridiculous, and passport control will take a long hard look at your vast offspring, and try to compare it to a baby pic.
5 They Survive on Milk Alone
When you start weaning you’ll be packing endless little pots of pureed goodness in order to travel, so the first six month is the lightest time to travel. And if you breastfeed you don’t need to carry any milk paraphernalia with you at all! Freedom!
6 People can be Surprisingly Kind
Generally people will help you if you’re travelling with small children. I was surprised at the levels of kindness and empathy extended to me. Lots of people are on your side, and remember what it’s like.
7 A Tiny Queue-Jumper
Never guaranteed, but you often get to led to the front of the queue at passport control and security if you’re travelling with a buggy.
8 You can Pack a Lot
A little baby has little outfits and little nappies, so you get more bang for your buck in packing terms. Often you get 10kg luggage allowance for infants whether they’re one month old or 23 months old.
9 Happy to Meet Strangers
Small babies don’t suffer from separation anxiety the way older infants often do, so if you’re bursting for the toilet you can leave your baby with dad/granny/anyone you feel you trust without the screams of MUMMY, MUMMY, MUMMY ringing in your ears. Fellow mums travelling alone often pool together on flights to support each other.
Milk fed nappies don’t smell so bad before you’ve started weaning – trust me! When an older child delivers a ‘present’ on a small aircraft everyone knows about it. Waft, waft.
And the Bonus Ball – They’re Free
Babies, aged under two, cost nothing. They travel free. Make the most of it.
Yes, flying with a new baby is harder than flying as a couple – it’s like chalk and cheese. But don’t look backwards, look forwards. These six months are possibly the easiest time to fly. Happy Travels…
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