What do you think: Your baby’s first flight

By admin
17 October 2014

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms if they think it is okay to take a baby on a flight and how old a child should be before going on their first flight? Here’s their response...

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms if they think it is okay to take a baby on a flight and how old a child should be before going on their first flight? Here’s their response...

What SuperMoms think:

Zanu Majiet-Salie My kids flew when they were very young already...my daughter was 6 months old on her first flight. I think if you are prepared and know how to keep the kids busy, its a no fuss procedure!

Gabriella Weber Definitely not. My son is 2 and he was impossible on the flight to Cape Town and back earlier this year. I think the kids should be about 5 or 6. At that age they understand to sit still and behave.

Chantal Naidoo we flew with our 6 month old and 6 year old this year and they were fine. I fed him as much as i could to help with his ears and it went well, thankfully. i must admit I'm normally nervous when I have to fly with them as people aren't very tolerant of kids, especially a screaming baby who's ears may be hurting.

Tharina Ackhurst My baby was 6 weeks old and the flight was 10 hours. We had no problems.

Your baby’s first flight

Ideally your baby should be at least two to three months old before they fly. This will give their immune system a chance to grow strong enough to resist the germs that often make the rounds in aeroplane ventilation systems.

It also gives the two of you enough time to settle into a routine and master the art of bottle- or breastfeeding. If you can’t wait that long, they should be okay to fly after their two-week checkup – provided they have a clean bill of health and you had a full-term pregnancy without complications.

Quick tips: 

  • When you’re fly domestically, your baby can travel for free if he's under two years old (24 months) and as long as your baby sits on your lap during the flight.
  • If flying internationally, a baby is usually charged 10% of an adult fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.
  • Infant amenities vary by aircraft. When you're on the airplane page, look for the Infant Amenity Icon.
  • You may use your a baby car seat for your baby during the flight.
  • Remember your child’s birth certificate.
  • Your baby will feel more comfortable if they have something to suck on during takeoff and landing, so you may want to breastfeed or give them a bottle or pacifier.
  • You can give them some infant pain medication if their ears really seem to bother them.
  • To minimise disruption to your baby’s schedule when crossing time zones, you may want to keep one watch set to your home time so you’ll know what your baby’s expecting next.

-        Janine Nel

Sources: flyingwithababy.com, flysaa.com, travelforkids.com

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