Doctors recommend you wait to fly until your baby's immune system is better developed before flying on a plane. This could be as soon as one month for full-term infants, though most doctors recommend anywhere between three months and six months. When you travel with a child under 2 years old, you may choose to travel with the child on your lap (infant-in-arms) or travel with your child in an FAA-approved child safety seat. To use a FAA-approved safety seat, you must purchase a ticket for your child so they have a reserved seat.
If traveling overseas, check with your pediatrician to ensure your baby is properly vaccinated. You can get an overview of the vaccinations needed for your destination country through the online Traveler's Health portal offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check with your airlines ahead of time for specific questions.
Traveling with carry-on luggage has liquid restrictions but not for parents. For new parents who love to travel, you will be bringing a few extra items with you on your next trip and will need to arrive at the airport early. Here is a helpful checklist of items in your carry-on bag should include:
Diapers and a diaper changing pad
A baby blanket
Plenty of baby food, snacks, drinks, and formula
Pre-measured powdered formula in individual baggies, if used
A bib and extra changes of clothing
Empty plastic bags for used wipes or soiled diapers
An extra pacifier or baby bottle just in case
Plenty of non-noisy toys that won't disturb other passengers
A small medical kit with bandages
A small bottle of waterless antiseptic hand cleanser
Any baby medication, sealed in a separate ziplock bag for easy retrieval (never check in medication that cannot be replaced at your destination)
It's always best to be prepared to ensure you have a smooth trip. We recommend contacting your airline, hotel, car reservation and any other trip component supplier with specific questions regarding traveling with an infant. Else, give your travel consultant a call as they will find out this information for you.