5. Wear practical clothes without fussy buttons or zippers (example: Jogging pants instead of jeans). These will come in handy in case you have to hold on to baby while going to the toilet (sounds gross, but if you are alone, it may come to that!)
6. Expect that there will not be an elevator at some stops. Strangers will usually be friendly enough to help carry the stroller if needed.
7. The best seat you can book is one that is near the bathroom, with a window (baby will have fun looking at the scenery) and up front with leg space (luggage space!) and a bassinet. If your seat was not pre-arranged at check-in, have the flight crew organize for you to trade seats with a passenger up front who does not have a kid.
8. Feed or nurse baby during landing and take offs to ease the pressure in his ears. Older children can be given lollipops to suck.
9. And finally, babies do get jetlag. Mine is currently sleeping the whole afternoon (his body clock night) and will be wide awake at midnight later. Don’t stress it; they will eventually adapt. Give them time to adjust to the changes and just take advantage of their sleeping moments to catch some sleep yourself.
Nyx Martinez is a traveling mother and journalist. She is the Managing Editor of an Inflight magazine.