Traveling solo can sometimes be frustrating and stressful, especially if you’re taking an international trip. Now flying with a baby in tow, that’s an entirely different ball game and it can be quite nerve-wracking whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro. Naturally, the comfort of your baby will always be your number one priority. A crying baby in the middle of a busy airport is not what any parent hopes for.

When your baby does cry (it will happen), your focus instantly zeroes in entirely on the baby, consequently, you’ll be paying less attention to your immediate surroundings and to your luggage. This situation can make you a prime target for miscreants and pickpockets. It can go south quickly and end badly if you lose your luggage as a result of diverted attention.

Want to avoid these doom’s day scenarios? These secret to averting these kinds of situations is to keep yourself organized.

To begin with, start your preparations for your trip at least 2 months before your travel date. This should begin with medical checkups for you and the baby to ensure that you are both ok to make the trip and get any vaccinations you may need. A sick baby will make for an irritable baby so your first stop should be the doctor’s office, regardless if the baby is showing symptoms of an illness, or not.

If you and your baby are traveling alone you will need all the help that you can get and help comes in many different forms, and sometimes comes in the most unexpected ways.

Be sure to talk to parents who have flown with their kids before, their experience could help prevent a lot of trial and error on your part. They may even have information on child-friendly airlines and airports, tips on temporarily baby proofing your hotel rooms, documents you’ll need to present to the airport officials and possibly a tip or two on packing to help cut down on the amount of things you’ll be juggling.

To help make your trip a memorable and pleasant one (as it should be), we have put together a detailed ‘flying with a baby’ checklist. You may just discover something that you hadn’t thought of yet!

Flying with a baby