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Air travel with baby
Are we almost there? Chicago : what to do and where to go with the kids
[text, Lori Meek Schuldt ; edited by Amy Lyons].
Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, c2009.
Statement of responsibility from p. [64].
     
Are we almost there? Boston : what to do and where to go with the kids
[text, Marcia Glassman-Jaffe and Morgan Jaffe].
Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, c2009.
  1. Statement of responsibility from p. [64].
  2. Cover title.
  3. "Featuring a popout map"--Cover.
  4. Includes index.
  5. Be a kid again -- Lay of the land -- Boston Common and Beacon Hill -- Downtown and Financial District -- Quincy Market/TD Banknorth Garden -- North End -- Waterfront area -- Copley Square and the Back Bay -- Huntington Ave./Fenway/and beyond -- Charlestown -- Calendar of kid-friendly events.
     
Are we almost there? San Diego : where to go and what to do with the kids
[text by Laura Kath and Pamela Price].
Guilford, CT : GPP Travel, c2009.
  1. Statement of responsibility from p. [64].
  2. Title from cover.
  3. "Featuring a popout map"--Cover.
  4. Includes index.
     

Worried about flying with an infant? A little preparation will go a long way to making sure you have a safe, non-stressful flight.

While most airlines do not require a ticket for children under 2, consider buying the extra seat once your child can walk. Having the extra seat can be the buffer you need to keep your ‘wriggler’ engaged.

Consider timing your flights for typical sleep times. Travel later in the evening, or get up early in the morning, so that baby is due for a nap by the time the plane takes off.

The best seats to have when flying with small children are the ones in the bulkhead, or first, row. There will be more leg room, and you'll be separated from most of the plane's passengers.

more tips

TSA regulations do allow for certain baby items/foods to be brought past the security checkpoints. Check with the airline and TSA to be sure you are aware of the most recent updates. Reserve carry-on space for essential baby items. You can use a lightweight stroller in the airport and check it at the gate. Nursing or giving bottled breast milk, formula, water, or other liquids are a great way to get a child swallowing to keep your their ears clear.

Flight magazines and blankets make wonderful toys. (Can you say Peek-a-boo?) If you bring small soft toys, use a clip or some sort of fastener so you don't have to bend down every time it gets drops.

Most people know that flying is hard on babies and small children. However, once you ensure the comfort and safety of your child, you can let your other anxieties go. You’ll be to your destination before you know it.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff