As if flights weren’t difficult enough, traveling with a baby or a young toddler can often leave a mother having nightmares. It seems that every little step presents larger problems, from children passports to nursing on board, but with a little help, even the worst flight issues become manageable.
Preparation can ultimately make or break your flight experience, and there is no such thing as being to prepared. When your travel plans are formulated, and you’ve begun to shop for airline tickets, double check to see if your airline provides a free flight for your child. Most airlines allow a child under two years of age to sit on your lap but check just in case. If your airline doesn’t provide this, you will need to use a carseat. Booking your significant other in a seat separate from you may prove to be useful, especially on long flights. This arrangement allows you and your loved one to switch off baby responsibilities, letting one rest. Check your airline’s stroller policy. Most airlines now don’t allow strollers to be stored in the overhead compartment, so they have to be stowed.
Make sure you know where your family’s passports are. If you cannot locate them, be sure to get a US passport application and reapply for new ones as soon as possible. Passports for adult are only useable for ten years after while children under 16 need to get a new one every five years. Also, you have been recently married or divorced, you need to get a new passport. Having passports ready and available prevents last minute stress when your travel date approaches. If you need to reserve a rental car, make sure to stow your car seat.
There doesn’t need to be any nightmares involved with preparing you and your family to travel. Planning ahead can make the process run smoother and allow you to enjoy your vacation. Start your passport application early if you are traveling outside the United States, and be sure to apply for achildren passport for anyone under 16. Don’t become flustered if someone gives you a hard time about an unhappy baby. You are the one raising your child and other people don’t know how to work with your family. So grab Baby, hop aboard, and bon voyage!