As mothers, we want the best for our babies. And if you’re a first time mother like me, everything should be just ‘perfect’! This was the case when I had to fly with my baby who was two month old then for the first time. To ensure I had everythingin place, I read related articles, talked to friends, and consulted the paediatrician. But what I was not prepared for was a five hour delay wherein the passengers were stuck not at the airport lobby but inside the flight! Yes, the onboarding was completed on time but the flight was stuck to get a place at the runway for five hours! Terrible situation to be in!
But as every experience brings some learning with it, I had mine with this one. So here is my checklist that comes from this learning.
1. Always pre-book your seat preferably on the window or aisle with leg space. This is important because when the baby gets hungry or cranky in the congested and closed environment, you can easily feed or console him.
2. Be ready with 8-10 diapers, wipes, diaper changing sheet, a drop bag to dispose off the soiled diapers, and one or more extra set of clothes because you never know how many times the baby will pee or poop.
3. Keep the diaper bag under the front seat instead of the cabinet so that it is within easy reach and you don’t need to get up again and again.
4. Take the baby for a stroll if he gets cranky which the baby would due to the crowd and closed setup. Though there isn’t much space but it will soothe the baby for sometime.
5. Carry a rattle or whichever toy soothes the baby.
6. Try to breastfeed the baby while take off and landing so that he doesn’t feel the pressure. You can use a pacifier or bottle whatever works for your baby.
7. Put cotton balls in baby’s ears to avoid high altitude pressure.
Hope this helps and will save you from a situation I landed in.
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