The rules on when you can start flying with a baby are not set in stone. When they can take their first flight will depend on your airline, but will usually vary from between 2 days after they are born to 14 days after. You’ll need to check with your airline directly.
It’s not just baby you need to think about though. If you’ve had a c-section, you may not be allowed to fly until after your 6-week postnatal check-up and if your GP gives you the okay to do so. Check out the NHS guidance here.
Also, if you’re a new mum, don’t underestimate how physically and emotionally challenging travelling can be and just make sure you’re not overdoing it or pushing yourself too hard, if you can avoid it.
Booking a ticket
Many airlines will not allow you to book a ticket for your baby until after they are born. They may however allow you to book your tickets and add an infant once they have arrived.
Babies under 2 can usually travel on an adult’s lap for free but if you want to, you can book them a seat which you will be charged for. They will still have to be on your lap for take off and landing and if the seat belt sign is on, but this can be a great way to give yourself a bit more space on board.
Flying with twins and multiples
Airlines may restrict the number of babies or young children that one adult can fly with. Check with your airline on their individual policies, particularly if you have twins or multiples.
Identification and Passports
If you’re travelling abroad, your baby will need their own passport and any relevant visas, so be sure to allow enough time for these to be processed before you fly. For UK domestic travel, babies do not need identification, but you may want to bring the child’s birth certificate just in case of any queries.
For more information and practical advice on flying with a baby, check out the Family Travel Pro’s Top Tips for Flying with a Baby, what to take on board when flying with a baby, and the best buggies for holidays.