Tickets? Check. Hotel? Check. Itinerary? Check… The trip’s all set but what about you? Here’s how you can conquer the flight with flying colors.
AT THE AIRPORT
Get to the airport early. I can’t imagine running around to catch that plane while carrying a baby and a whole lot of stuff. Manage and lessen stress by being on time or even a little early. Yes, some airports have special lanes but that’s not a guarantee.
Plan what to carry. We only had two huge luggage bags that had everything we needed. King carried a backpack for all our gadgets and documents, while I took care of the baby and the baby bag. Remember to check-in as much luggage as possible.
Bring the Stroller up to the gates. Consider bringing the stroller all the way to the boarding gates for convenience. You can surrender it at the gates anyway
Change diaper before boarding. Most planes have very small changing areas that can be challenging for big babies. In worst cases, changing on the floor near the bulkhead area is the only option. Thus, a need for a Diaper Changing Pad. What else will you need?
- Baby Sterilized Water. Some airports would only allow 3 oz. of liquid to be carried inside the plane. So prepare clean empty baby bottles instead and buy sterilized distilled water inside the plane. Air Asia, however, put no limit on this. Better ask your airline first.
- Powdered Milk. There’s no limit for this but make sure you pre-measure and put them in nicely sealed baby milk powder dispensers.
- Food and Toy to keep baby entertained.
- Diaper. I packed just enough diapers for the flight and possible delays. I decided to buy the rest in Hong Kong to save space.
- First Aid Kit. I brought the basics: Thermometer, Paracetamol, Small Bandages, and such. I also brought Prince’s vitamins with me.
- The 3 B’s of Comfort: Baby Blanket, Beanies, Bibs
- Wet wipes for diaper changes and cleaning baby’s hands and face
- Diaper Changing Pad and plastic bags for soiled diapers
- A complete set of clothes for baby and mommy for spit-ups, diaper leakage and even spills
- Mommy’s phone, wallet, sunglasses, and make-up… yes, make-up.
IN THE AIRPLANE
Liquids for pressure and dehydration. I’m glad a friend shared this to me. Not only that it can keep baby well-hydrated, offering milk or any other liquids can help baby’s ears adjust to cabin pressure changes. It should be given to wide awake babies during take-off and landing. Eating baby food can help too.
Should I buy baby a seat? Children under 2 years old can sit on an adult’s lap. Just make sure that he’s in a sling carrier or wearing a child seatbelt available in-flight to keep baby safe in case of turbulence.
Getting off the plane. Don’t rush off the plane. Wait for the other passengers to get out to prevent long standing and waiting.
Bon Voyage! Don’t forget to get baby a passport (yes, he needs one for international flights).