While vacationing with a baby might sound like an oxymoron, good planning and preparation can ease off a huge amount of load from the parents. Basically, if you are prepared ahead of time, it could be a smooth experience. I have travelled with my baby since she was 3 months and by the time she was 1, she had made it to her 18th flight. It was never perfect but it was never that bad to put my travel life grind to a halt.
Here are few tips which can help you on those long flights that you are dreading -
First and foremost, book the front seat with a bassinet - Lot of airlines do give you the option of pre - booking the bassinet seat online while some could actually ask you to wait till you collect your boarding pass and request for a bassinet seat at the counter. In that case, it will be based on availability, so it is better to check with the airlines beforehand because once the baby is asleep, you can safely place him/her on the bassinet and give your arms some rest. The crew does not fit the bassinet during takeoff and landing, so you will have to manage that time on your own. Bassinet is quite a boon until your baby has reached the crawling/walking phase.
Guys, come what may, your baby is not going to behave his/her best while travelling unless you are extremely lucky. Let’s understand it is a change of place and by all probabilities an unpleasant one for him/her. So you will get those smirks, frosty stares and unwanted advices from your fellow passengers but good news is it doesn’t matter. Remember when you travelled during college and there were babies wailing in the flight.
Could you do anything about it? No! So do not bother with what others are thinking of you – just try to make the baby comfortable as much as you can.
Hope you have a safe flight with your munchkin!
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