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Tips for New Moms: Favorite Tricks for Flying with an Infant

Escaping to a warmer climate this winter via airplane? If you are a new parent, the thought of flying with a baby may be daunting. You’ll likely get lots of good advice such as:


– Feed the baby during take-off and landing so that he/she will swallow and the change in pressure won’t hurt the baby’s ears.
– Wear the baby in a carrier onto the plane.
– Push your stroller all the way down the jetway to the plane — the staff will store it on board for you.
– Bring your infant car seat (minus the base) in case there are extra seats (ask at the gate). The infant car seat can be stored by the flight attendants…so it can be used with stroller (or snap-n-go) in airport AND it can be used as a car seat/air seat assuming there is an extra seat available. Children under 2 don’t need their own seats – they fly for free – but at the gate, if a seat is empty, the staff will let you know so you can bring the carrier on board.
– Have several toys that will keep baby entertained and rotate them. After a few minutes, an old toy seems new again!

My favorite “trick” when we were flying with my infant daughter involves the booking of the flight. In order to almost guarantee that we would have a row to ourselves, without paying for a third seat, we purchased the aisle seat and the window seat in the last row of the plane. If there were any empty seats on the plane, the unlucky soul who booked the seat in-between us gladly moved up to a row without a baby and not right next to the bathroom. This worked every time there was an empty seat on the plane and we didn’t mind being in the last row since we spent a lot of time standing up in the back in the flight attendant area swaying back and forth to soothe our baby. When we successfully swayed or bounced our daughter to sleep, we would lay her down on the seat between us and enjoy some quiet time to ourselves . . . hands-free!

Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms,” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.

Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.

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