Travelling with your baby on a flight for the first time can be as memorable as celebrating their first birthday, or the day they take their first steps. It may not be in a fairy floss, unicorn fun kind of way, but more eyebrow-raising and adrenaline pumping, all the way to your destination, especially if you are not sure what to expect.\u00a0 But with proper planning and preparation, you'll be able to fly without anxiety and worry.\u00a0 Here are ten tips to ensure your first flight with your baby is a good one.\u00a0\u00a0 Image Credit: Background photo created by zaozaa09 - www.freepik.com 1.Book a Direct Flight or a Longer Layover\u00a0 When travelling with a baby or young kids, go for a direct flight if possible. During landing, your baby will experience pressure in their ears, which can cause pain and discomfort. The fewer take-offs and landings you endure, the less tantrums your baby will have. But if you must be in transit, book a flight that has extra time between the next one. Two to three hours is ideal for you to change your baby\u2019s nappy or let them play around to burn off excess energy. You can use the extra time to sort out the nappy bag or buy some non-aeroplane food for yourself. 2. Visit the Bathroom Before Boarding Before you board the plane, be sure to hit the airport bathroom one last time. You might want to check your baby\u2019s nappy and put on nappy cream. Your baby\u2019s next nappy change might be a few hours away, so some extra cream to prevent nappy rash is always a good idea. If you need to do your business, it\u2019s a good idea to do it now, as you don\u2019t want to leave your baby a few hours after take-off to visit the lavatory. You never know how long you\u2019re going to be glued to your seat - waiting for the seat belt sign to turn off.\u00a0 3. Take a Flight Around Your Baby\u2019s Sleeping Time If Possible Especially if you are taking a flight that lasts longer than eight hours, try to pick a flight that suit your baby\u2019s routine. This can change how your baby will react. An overnight flight would make a world of difference, especially if your baby has already learned how to sleep throughout the night. Try to avoid morning or midday flights if possible.\u00a0 4. Ear Protection For Your Baby Unlike adults, babies have not developed the capability to balance their eardrums naturally. Your baby might feel pressure in their ears during take-off and landing. And that\u2019s when they\u2019ll scream at the top of the lungs due to the unbearable discomfort. Breastfeed, or let your baby suck on a binky to help ease the pressure. Better yet, get a set of baby headphones to really protect your child's ears. 5. Bring Baby Necessities On Board Your nappy bag should consist of your baby\u2019s essentials, from extra nappies, baby wipes, nappy cream, and sanitising wipes to clean the changing table, to a disposable bag for used nappies. Make a list of things to bring on the plane before you pack so you don\u2019t miss any important items. Don\u2019t forget to pack some extra clothes for you and your baby too. You never know when your baby is going to puke on you! 6. Prepare Baby\u2019s Food or Snack From Home If your baby is seven months or above, they have probably already started eating. You can prepare some easy finger food for snacks, or something that is easy to prepare on the plane. Juice boxes and fruit purees are great as they are easy to pack. If you\u2019re taking any frozen baby food with you, put it in a freezer bag. Some countries and airlines have restrictions on what food and liquids you can bring on board, so make sure to understand any rules so you don\u2019t get the food thrown away.\u00a0 7. Put Your Baby in Comfortable Clothing\u00a0 Put comfortable and practical clothing on your baby for the flight. Fancy clothes can wait until you land. Choose something that is easy to manage, especially when you need to change your baby's nappy. Sometimes planes can be chilly, so don't forget to put on socks to keep your baby\u2019s toes warm. Avoid anything tight and skip materials that'll cause your baby to sweat and feel uncomfortable.\u00a0 8. Fly With an Aeroplane Bassinet The majority of airlines provide bassinets for babies to use on long-haul flights. An aeroplane bassinet is a baby\u2019s bed that is secured to the aeroplane bulkhead. Also referred to as baskets and cots, you can request these when booking. If you\u2019re planning to use the bassinet, make sure to notify the airline during check-in and if the crew forget to install the bassinet for you, remind them after take-off.\u00a0 9.Pack Baby\u2019s Toys to Keep Them Entertained Image Credit: thecuriouscreature.com If the flight is long and during the day, you can't expect your baby to sleep all the way to the destination. Pack some small babies\u2019 toys to keep your little one entertained during the flight. Small toys with vibrant colours or compact boards will keep your baby busy and engaged while helping to improve their sensory and cognitive skills. Keep these toys in your nappy bag and give them to your baby only when he\/she\u2019s getting cranky.\u00a0 10. Stay Calm Last but not least, try to stay as calm as possible. Take this opportunity to learn compassion and patience, instead of getting all stressed out. It\u2019s impossible to anticipate how your baby will react throughout the journey. Ask for help if you think you can\u2019t handle it alone. Often there are other parents who are willing to help and have most likely had the same experience as you.\u00a0 Taking your baby on a plane can be overwhelming, but with proper preparation, you\u2019ll have a great experience. Always remember that all babies are not the same; just because someone you know had a ten-hour nightmare flight with their baby doesn\u2019t mean that you\u2019ll encounter the same experience.\u00a0 So keep calm, and enjoy the ride. Planning for your next vacation with your family? Check out exciting family destinations, promotions and holiday tips on Motherhood Cuti- Cuti Family here!