There are only a few days left until you take off and you just can’t wait to go on a holiday. Besides packing, checking your documents and planning what to visit, you, as a parent, are also struck with certain feelings: traveling with your baby on an airplane.
Find out from the very beginning what the most important details that can influence the success of your holiday when air traveling with your child are. If you are traveling with an infant (up to two years old), and you choose to fly with Blue Air, the price to pay for a ticket for your child starts from €20 (on one route – which means one way) and him/her will travel in your arms.
One of the benefits of flying with Blue Air is that if your child you are traveling with has less than 2 years old, you are allowed to take one hold luggage with you for free, which, in most cases, it is the baby stroller.
Here are other useful recommendations that will make your air travelling easier:
Choose direct flights. And if this is not possible, make sure that the stopover is longer than two hours. Most flights have delays especially during the cold season due to weather conditions.
Make sure you have reserved enough time for security and passport control at the airport. During holiday season, the airport is more crowded compared to the rest of the year. Take this into account the moment you establish the hour at which you want to arrive at the airport. Additionally, consider that, when traveling with your baby, various incidents may occur and they may affect your schedule: dirty or wet clothes that need to be changed, going to the toilet, lunch time etc.
Get your baby ready for the flight. A few days before departure, you can play certain simulating games with your child, during which you explain to them what to expect from this air trip: the obligation of wearing the security belt, the fact that they will have to sit in your arms during take-off and landing (if the child has less than 2 years old) or on their own seat (if they are older than 2 years old).
Even though you may have the priority boarding service included on your booking, choose to be among the last passengers to board. It might be tempting to go on to the next step of your trip after spending so much time in the waiting area but boarding with your child earlier may not be a great idea. During the first 15-20 minutes there’s a lot of bustle on board of the plane, as all passengers are getting on board and arranging their bags. This will force you to sit on the seat and extend the time spent at the board of the airplane with up to 30 minutes.
Here’s what you can do meanwhile:
- Go to the toilet with your child, change their diaper.
- Continue the game started at home, spend a bit more time walking the baby stroller and board among the last passengers, when nearly everyone is on their seats, with their luggage in place and when the lane is easily accessible. The agitation is at its minimum and the chances to get up and make room for other passengers to pass are significantly lower.
Organize your cabin bag. When air traveling with your child, you are probably going to have a more consistent, bigger bag. But even so, the cabin baggage cannot exceed 10 kg in weight and 55cm x 40 cm x 20cm in size. When air travelling with your child, the cabin bag is the most important element that can significantly make your trip more comfortable.
Here’s what we recommend you take in your cabin bag:
- One extra set of clothes – in case something unexpected happens, you can change your child’s clothes easily
- Wipes and paper napkins
- Antibacterial hand gel
- Healthy, dry snacks appropriate for your child’s age – slices of carrot, apple (and you can sprinkle some lemon juice onto them to prevent oxidation), puffed rice, sugar-free biscuits, small pancakes (made the evening before departure), pasta pudding with cheese (cooked in muffin pans) etc. Avoid snacks that your child has not tried yet, especially if there’s a chance that they cause allergic reactions, such as nuts, hazelnuts, pecan nuts, cashew, pistachio, peanuts etc.
- Powder milk in small quantities – there are powder milk dispensers in various supermarkets and pharmacies and you can prepare the exact quantity you need for one dosage
- Two baby bottles with water and one baby water cup. You are allowed to carry liquids and go through the security checkpoint with them only when traveling with your child. Those liquids have to be stored in child’s containers: a baby bottle, respectively a baby water cup, for which a quick check will be performed at the passenger baggage checkpoint. Thus, make sure you have two baby bottles prepared, containing the exact quantity for the formula and one baby water cup with antileakage system for your baby.
- During ascent and descent, in order to avoid airplane ear, give your child the pacifier or, even better, when the airplane is still on the runway and getting ready for take-off, give them the baby bottle. Thus, you will help your child get over this discomfort, which, in most cases, is the main cause for baby crying on board of airplanes. In case of children older than 3 years old, you can give them a chewing gum or a lollipop, which are a good solution for adults as well. You should know that all Blue Air passengers receive candy mints right before descent. Yawning and swallowing should help as well. Even though it might be tempting to leave your child sleeping during ascent or descent, it is recommended to wake them up and help them overcome this moment in order to avoid getting earaches.
- Toys. Buy a new toy for your child and give it to them after boarding. This will keep them occupied for a longer period. Go for some silent toys, something that won’t disturb the other passengers: sensorial books, stickers, some coloured pens and a book, some cars or baby dolls of small dimensions. You can also bring your child’s favourite toys, a small blanket or some comforting toys.
You can opt to organize the content of your cabin luggage in two small backpacks: one with snacks (water, powder milk, wipes and paper napkins etc.), and one with changing clothes and toys. Thus, it will be a lot easier for you to find whatever you need. At the same time, you will avoid unpleasant incidents, such as getting the clothes or toys wet by accident. Remember, though, children smaller than 2 years old are not allowed to carry their own cabin luggage. What you can do in this case is to use a bigger backpack (your own cabin luggage) and to include a smaller bag for snacks.
When air traveling with an infant, expect for him/her to cry. This small detail is something you’ve already gotten used to and you know how to manage it rapidly. However, on board of airplane things are a bit different and you can’t be as flexible as you are at home, for instance. You are in an enclosed, small space and have to stay there for several hours. There are no private spaces in an airplane and, above all, there are too delicate moments (ascent and descent) when you are forbidden to stand up in order to pacify your tired, angry, nervous or discomforted child. One important thing to do during these moments is to not get distracted by others’ opinions regarding your parenting skills and to stay as calm as possible.
Consider these recommendations when traveling with your child on board of an airplane and your trip will be more pleasant. If you haven’t made any holiday plans for the following period, access our official website and book your Blue Air flight tickets. You do deserve a holiday next to your loved ones!
Air traveling with your baby can also have some amazing surprises. On the 13th of November 2017, a mother flying with Blue Air from Koln (Germany) to Iasi (Romania) and who was also air traveling with her baby, was our one millionth passenger. She received, besides other gifts, an amazing award from Blue Air: a one-year pass with unlimited flights on all Blue Air routes from Iasi.