Flying with an Infant

  1. Pack light – if you can buy diapers at your destination then only take what you will need for travel time.
  2. Don’t forget to pack a first aid kid – thermometer, infant Tylenol, diaper rash cream etc…
  3. Rent bulk items at your destinationBaby’s Away rents high chairs, pack n plays etc in 29 states. Here is a list of other companies that rent these similar baby items.
  4. Pack extra milk, diapers, food, change of clothes, toys etc in your carry on in case your flight is delayed or your luggage is lost at your destination.
  5. To minimize hassle, book a nonstop flight.
  6. If you can afford it, buy a seat for your baby so you can strap your baby into the FAA approved car seat on the plane. Many airlines offer reduced fare for seats for babies under 2.
  7. Reserve an aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom and to walk around with your baby if needed.
  8. Get to the airport early so you are not rushed and take advantage of family pre-board if the airline offers it.
  9. Bring a birth certificate or passport to check-in – even babies require IDs.
  10. Car seats and strollers check in for free at the gate or at check-in.
  11. If checking in a car seat – considering purchasing a car seat bag so your car seat does not get dirty and banged up.
  12. Dress easy for you and your baby – avoid belts and extra bells and whistles (only socks for baby, no shoes etc) – it will only make going through security more complicated for you.
  13. At security, stand in the family line if there is one.
  14. Medications, juices and milk exceeding 3.4 oz are permitted for the baby through TSA.
  15. If you are not buying a seat for your baby, at check-in or at the gate, ask the agent if there are any empty seats on the flight and book the seat right next to it. Then you can put your baby in the car seat on the empty seat.
  16. If there are no empty seats, bring a baby carrier so you can wear your baby and be hands free on the plane.
  17. Feed your baby or give a pacifier during take off and landing – to help with the pressure change.