Many airlines allow baby on flight as early as 2 days old and are usually free. Besides, airlines usually upgrade your plane seat to a more spacious bulkhead seat upon request to the flight attendant.
As a parent myself, I wonder what I can and cannot bring along for your babymoon, given the many needs of my young baby so I researched many other sources, especially the AskTSA Twitter account. I didn't bring my kid on a flight since newborns have developing immune systems and air travel might increase their risk of catching an infectious disease. (mayoclinic.org)
Below are the confirmed items you can bring on a plane for your baby for your packing list
- Breast milk
- Breast Pump (Carry-on)
- Baby Carrier (Carry-on with baby allowed)
- Milk products in sealed bags
- Canned, jarred and processed baby food
- Empty Baby bottles
- Water in Thermo Flask or Bottle (Especially for Boiled Water since you don't trust the water in the plane)
- Collapsible stroller
- Squeeze pouches with pureed foods
- Juice boxes
- Diaper cream, Nappy Cream, and baby lotion
- Infant nail clippers
- Gel ice packs
- Teethers with liquid in them
- Hand sanitizer (limited to 3.4 oz for liquid)
- Baby Wet Wipes
- FAA approved baby seat (optional)
- Favorite toys
Formula, breast milk, juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.
Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in carry-on. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening.
For strollers larger than the X-ray machine, they will use physical inspection instead of the machines.
Infants and small children may be carried through the metal detector. Should the alarm sound, additional screening is required.
You should pack more food in case of unexpected flight delays and keep your baby calm. The small space might cause your baby to scream too so the best is to keep the baby full, happy, or asleep in the seat.
In terms of seats,
- Some parents prefer a window seat for privacy.
- Some parents prefer the aisle for easier mobility since you need to do diaper change frequently with regular feeds.
Do ask the flight attendant will show you how to fit an extension seat belt, to keep you and your baby safe.
If you have to change planes, ask for a courtesy cart between gates to reduce the troubles.
Food aside, some people asked about travel cribs which I think you should be realistic and o for a shorter and saner journey.
Hope this will guide you on your next flight with your healthy baby!