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With the convenience that many all-inclusive resorts offer, it’s becoming more and more popular to take a holiday with a baby. For many new parents, it’s important for them to feel their independence and lifestyle haven't been affected. For others, the need for a good break, to get away from cleaning and cooking for two weeks, is worth the travel. But navigating the airport is still seen as a major challenge. We’ve put together a guide to help you through.
 
Timing Is Everything
With a short-haul flight, timing is everything. Arrive in good time at the airport but not with so much time that you’re both exhausted by looking after the baby in the lounge. Time the flight to include nap times.
 
Call Your Airline
It’s really important that you call your airline before booking to find out their policy on prams and pushchairs. Even some full-service airlines will expect you to check in your pram at the check-in desk, and not all have replacement prams to get you to the gate.
 
Getting Through Security
Most airports have an express lane through security for people travelling with a baby. Here you’ll be asked to put all your bottles and baby jars in a net bag, and this will be scanned separately. You may be asked to collapse your pram to fit it through the oversized scanner.
 
Boarding with a Baby
Many airlines will come to you in the lounge and invite you to board first. If they don’t, go to the gate and ask to be boarded first. Getting to your window seat on an already packed plane can be stressful and is unnecessary.
 
Feeding for Take-Off and Landing
It is recommended that you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby during take-off and landing. Not only does the sucking help with air pressure on their tiny ears, but comforting your baby can be a big comfort to your fellow passengers too.
 
Stay Calm and Carry On
Even the quietest baby can decide flying is not their idea of fun. A crying baby can also attract stares or comments from a minority of passengers. It’s important to remember that many people on the flight have been in your situation before and are sympathetic. Staying calm and comforting your baby will be the best thing to do.
 
And remember that even if your baby fusses for the whole flight, it could be worse - you could be flying with a toddler.
 

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