Flying with a baby this age means one thing to mom (or dad)…
You are. Busy.
But it’s also one of the most rewarding and fun times to travel with your baby! They are alert. You can usually figure out what they need when they need it. They are still quite easily distracted.
Do not be afraid !
My two children fell into a fairly structured routine at a very young age. And both have adapted well to the temporary changes during the trip, as well as the return home.
Our experiences Flying with a 3 to 6 month old baby…
For us, it was a very easy time to travel with baby. Not yet mobile, still on a mostly liquid diet and a fairly set routine of mealtimes and sleep times. In terms of travel, baby is easily transported in his travel car seat used as a baby carrier, nice content to mount in a stroller, and safe and comfortable in the car seat of the baby carrier used with or without the base.
Flying with a 3 to 6 month old baby: the main concerns
Our biggest concerns when flying with a baby this age were keeping him (silently) busy and hoping to avoid him. get sick.
Our son was just six months old when we visited family in Florida, and we were flying at the height of the H1N1 pandemic. Little did we know that just over 10 years later, traveling during COVID-19 would make H1N1 look like a walk in the park.
Flying with a 3 to 6 month old baby: the reality
Ok, I’m not going to lie here… We totally got lucky.
Fly southwest meant we had to figure out their unusual boarding procedures, but ultimately (since it wasn’t a full flight) we didn’t have to. door check his car seat (we didn’t buy a seat for our son), and we were able to get him on board and keep him in his seat. It is safer for a baby to fly in a car seatbut this is not always feasible for all families.
Our son was breastfed both times before takeoff and passed out for about both of our three hour flights. I had a sip of water to suck on in case he didn’t want to suck, plus some teething biscuits to chew/dissolve into indescribable goo. None of my kids seemed particularly bothered by their ears during takeoff and landing, but it’s always recommended to have a drink, snack, or a pacifier to suck on (just in case).
Flying with a 3 to 6 month old baby: additional consideration
As I mentioned, we were traveling during the H1N1 pandemic. Paranoia ran rampant about bringing children into a germ-laden environment. I brought antibacterial wipes, which I passed on the armrests and trays. And, because I’m worried, I then ironed them with our usual wipes. I was afraid of anti-bacterial residues. If our son had been awake during these flights, I would have reviewed the laminated security card as well, as this seems to be his favorite distraction whenever we first board.
As always, a change of clothes is recommended for you and baby, as well as plastic bags to put them in. handbag will be filled more with diapers (and possibly baby bottles) than toys or snacks. If you’ve already started solids, foil food pouches are so much easier to carry than jars. If baby is by bottle, the weight of the pre-made formula can outweigh the convenience of not having to mix it. Personally, I would travel with the formula powder box. It’s easier to get through security. You can mix it with bottled water once you are out the door.
And, at this age, they’re usually just as happy playing with the seatbelt buckle or safety card as any toy you might bring them.
Tips for traveling with a 3-6 month old baby:
- Get baby used to bottles and food at room temperature, so you don’t have to worry about heating up along the way.
- If baby can support weight on their legs, consider buying pull-on diapers. Not all aircraft bathrooms are equipped with changing tables. If they do, they’re just big enough to change a baby kitten.
- A tissue holder or scarf does not take up much space in your continue and is useful for keeping your hands free. This is very useful, especially if you are flying solo. Keep in mind that you will need to bring baby for the taxi, takeoff and landing.
You’ll be busy and have your hands full when flying with a baby at this delightful stage. But be sure to savor how (relatively) easy they are to distract and comfort.
And take lots of pictures if you can!
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