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First in Flight: Flying with an infant

My husband and I recently ventured onto an airplane for the first time with our 6 month old. I will say that the thought of traveling with an infant was fairly daunting (primarily because of all of the stuff you have to take along!), but it went pretty well despite some weather-related hiccups. Though I thought I was pretty prepared, I definitely learned a few things in the process! I get questions about this frequently in the office, so I thought I’d take a chance to share some pearls about flying with an infant that I learned.

  • Book a nonstop flight if at all possible! Even without a baby, I have learned that a nonstop flight is always a better option (if you can stomach the price difference). The AAP recommends reserving a seat for your baby so that they can stay in their carseat during the flight. This is definitely the safest (hands free!) option, but it’s also pretty expensive.
  • Arrive at the airport EARLY! I will spare you the dirty details of our flight drama (basically, we had 2.5 hours to get to Charlotte from Winston Salem to make a flight to beat an impending snowstorm), but it is much less stressful if you have time to check in and get through security without rushing. Going through security with a baby is a completely new experience!

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