Making the necessary preparations before flying with your baby can provide a better flight experience for both you and the other passengers on the plane.

When can my baby fly?

You should avoid air travel with your newborn until they are at least 7 days old. Ideally, you should wait until your baby is two or three months old for their first flight. Air travel and crowded airports can increase the risk of a newborn catching an infectious disease.

Tips for a Comfortable Journey

Be prepared for temperature changes, as the temperature can vary while waiting at the airport or on the plane. Dressing your baby in layers can make it easier to adjust to these changes. You can add or remove layers according to the ambient temperature. Additionally, don’t forget to bring extra clothes to handle any turbulence that may occur during diaper changes or feeding.

Changes in pressure between the outer ear and the middle ear during takeoff and landing can cause ear pain. Breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or using a pacifier during the flight can help alleviate this discomfort for babies. If your baby has had ear surgery or an ear infection in the last two weeks, consult your doctor before planning your flight.

During the flight, cabin noise levels are around 100 decibels and increase during takeoff. Using cotton balls, small earplugs, or noise-canceling headphones can help reduce the noise level your baby is exposed to, making it easier for them to sleep or rest.

It will be easier for you if your baby sleeps during the flight. Therefore, scheduling your flight during your baby’s usual sleep time or ensuring your baby does not nap shortly before the flight can help make things easier.

Change your baby’s diaper just before boarding and keep their diaper dry throughout the flight.

Don’t forget to bring toys or books to keep your baby entertained.


  1. American Academy of Pediatrics (2024). Flying with Baby: Parent FAQs.