It’s holiday season and the idea of flying anywhere with your small baby probably sounds like a nightmare, but here are some reasons why traveling with your 3 to 6 month old is awesome. You won’t want to miss out on this golden window for travel!
- 3 to 6 month olds still sleep on and off during the day, so chances are good they will fall asleep on the flight, or at the airport. As your baby gets older having scheduled naps and bedtimes becomes much more important, so take advantage of this time when they are still able to sleep on the go.
- Babies can be nursed or given a bottle during take off and landing to prevent their ears from popping, and if you are lucky, that sucking motion will help put them to sleep at the beginning of the flight.
- Your baby is at this golden age where they are no longer a fragile newborn, but also are not moving around yet. Once they become mobile they won’t be satisfied sitting in your lap for long periods and will want to roam freely down the aisles, making flying much more difficult.
- If the flight is open seating, people usually see a baby and steer clear, giving you the space you need to get through the flight comfortably.
- If the flight is not full, most airlines will let you take the baby’s car seat onto the flight so that you can have it sitting next to you, freeing up your hands and stopping your arms from feeling like they are going to fall off from holding the baby during the whole flight.
- The sound of the flight is soothing to babies, and the constant vibration and white noise helps them to sleep. I used a nursing cover or light blanket to cover my babies while getting them to sleep, so they would not be distracted by other passengers or flight attendants.
- If you are traveling internationally, smaller babies can fit in a travel cot, which is basically a little bassinet that straps onto a shelf in front of your seat. This saved us during our long overnight flights to England. With the baby happily snoozing in the travel cot, I was able to get some much needed sleep myself.
I’m not going to sugar coat it, traveling with babies and kids in general can be extremely stressful, but going while the baby is still young and immobile is a huge benefit. So, pack your bags and take this opportunity to visit friends and family or take a much-needed vacation after a busy few months at home.
Safe travels this holiday season, and good luck!