How To Bring A Baby On A Plane
Tips for flying with an infant.
- Save a spot. If you can swing it, purchase a seat on the plane for your baby. (The airline might have discounts for children.) Because you can bring
- Prep your liquids, formula, breast milk or juice. All are exempt from the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule limiting carry-on liquids to 3.4 ounces, so you can bring
- Avoid boarding boredom. Even if you’re flying with an infant, think twice before pre-boarding. True, you can get situated instead of having to hold
- Pack for playtime. Bring a few favorite toys and books and a few new ones to keep things interesting while you’re flying with your baby.
How Old Should A Baby Be Before They Fly On An Airplane?
If your baby is at least two days old, most airlines should be happy for him to fly. However, some airlines will insist that your baby is at least two weeks old. There are no standard regulations, so it’s best to check with your airline before you book.
Is It Safe To Take A Baby On A Plane?
A lot depends on your baby’s age and health. It’s not so much the oxygen levels, the pressurized cabin on the plane, or the effects of high altitude. There is no proven connection between airplane travel and SIDS. Instead, most experts advise limiting newborns’ and younger infants’ exposure to large groups of people so that they don’t get sick.
How Do You Take A Baby On A Plane?
Purchase a seat on the plane for your baby if you can possibly swing it. It’s safer (bring his car seat and strap it in) and often easier on you, since you’ll have a secure, familiar place to stow baby instead of having a squirmy worm on your lap for the entire flight.