Babies under two weeks of age should not be taken on a plane first. The reason is, the baby’s body with that age has not been able to adjust to the surrounding environment perfectly. In addition, newborns less than two weeks are also more susceptible to attacks by germs and bacteria, especially in closed spaces like aircraft cabins.
So, at what age can babies get on a plane?
The age of three months is an age that is safe enough to invite babies to travel by plane. At this age, the physiology of growth and development of the baby is maximal, so that the condition of the little one is optimal when facing the stress of a kind of cold air and various other changes. The age of the baby who is getting older makes him stronger against other environmental changes.
For the little ones who are ready Moms invite to travel by plane, here are some important tips that Moms should pay attention to:
1. Choose a departure schedule that is most comfortable for the baby, for example at night when Moms use long flights or hours of naps on short-haul flights. That way, your child can sleep quietly on the plane.
2. Order additional seats specifically for babies, especially if your child is big enough. It is not advisable to hold the baby continuously while in the aircraft cabin. This can be very dangerous in the event of turbulence or drastic air changes that can make the baby escape from Moms’ lap.
3. Inform the airline that Moms is traveling with a baby, so that the flight crew has the information to be ready to install additional seat belts (for children on lap) and to help pair the car seat.
4. The best seat that Moms can use with your baby is the front of the cabin. Seat in that position makes Moms get more legroom. The seat on the front of the cabin also has minimal noise coming from the aircraft engine. Babies are also not permitted to sit at the seat of a row of emergency exits.
5. Observe at the same time obey the rules regarding the stroller, considering each airline has set different rules. Some airlines allow the stroller to be brought into the cabin and then deposited to the flight crew, but other airlines forbid the stroller from being taken to the cabin and must enter the baggage.
6. Choose a seat on the side of the hall, so Moms are easier to get in and out when taking care of your little one. Especially if you have to calm him down when he is fussy by taking a walk in the cabin hallway.
At the airport
1. Arrive early at the airport so that Moms have free time to check-in, pass immigration (if abroad), to security check.
2. Invite the baby to play or do light activities so as not to feel tired while waiting. This is very useful so that in the cabin of the baby plane will soon fall asleep.
3. Sitting in the “no smoking” area while waiting for time to board a plane.
4. Bring a backpack-shaped bag in the cabin, especially if you are just traveling with your baby. That way Moms’s hands can move freely to take care of the little one. Limit the weight and contents of the bag because Moms must carry your child.
5. Enter supplies such as changing clothes, wet wipes, blankets, disposable diapers, milk, and food in case of possible delays or delays in flights.
In the plane
1. Feed the baby when the plane takes off, lands, and when there is a change in air pressure that can make the ear hurt. Give until the plane reaches a stable height. Breastfeeding activity is very useful in balancing the pressure in the ear.
2. Bring stock of dairy milk (in bottles). Flight regulations restrict passengers from carrying a maximum of 100 ml of liquid fluids into the plane, but the regulation does not apply to milk, baby food, medicines, and special dietary foods. If your child has consumed formula milk, Moms can carry powder formulas in a closed container. Moms can ask for warm water to the cabin crew.
3. Request permission from the cabin crew to be allowed to sit temporarily on a row of quiet passengers to breastfeed if Moms feels uncomfortable breastfeeding among many passengers.
4. Make sure your child is drinking enough to avoid dehydration because the air in the cabin tends to dry out. This at the same time aims to make your child full and not fussy during the flight.
5. Do not direct the bursts of air conditioning directly to the baby. Wear your warm clothes, gloves, socks and hats. Because the cabin temperature tends to be cold. Moms can also ask for extra pillows or blankets if you need them.
One thing that is not less important if you want to take your baby on a plane is to check the baby’s health condition thoroughly, around 3-7 days before departure. Convey all health complaints that may be suffered by your child so that doctors can provide the best treatment.