Air Travel with a New Baby?

March 07, 2011 12:00 AM

Q: As a baby, I flew cross-country at 4 weeks old. When is the youngest you’d suggest a baby can make a plane flight?

 

A young girl kisses a baby on the cheek.

A: The pediatricians I work with agree that any age is safe, but suggest the best age is after your infant has received his/her vaccines at two months.  If possible, avoid air travel during flu season.

Most airlines allow children up to 2 years of age to sit on your lap.  You should consider buying an extra seat because your baby should be snapped into his/her car seat during the flight, as recommended by the FAA.  I always recommend an aisle seat so you can get up easily and walk with your baby in case he or she becomes restless.

Your carry-on bag should include several diapers, clothing changes and any hygiene products you regularly use.  During take off and landing offer your baby a pacifier or bottle of breast milk or formula to equalize the air pressure and avoid ear pain.

Elizabeth SteinElizabeth Stein is a nationally recognized women’s health expert and Certified Nurse Midwife of 25 years.  Her practice Ask Your Midwife, PC is based in New York CIty.

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