Airports and airplanes can be a totally overwhelming place for adults, let alone tiny newborns! The stimuli, the noises, the crowds of people, not to mention the pressure tiny ears could experience during ascent and descent is enough to make anyone cry! While you can pop a piece of gum to ease the pressure, your newborn can't, however, you can help ease his pain by nursing or bottle feeding him when the plane takes off and when it's touching down. This will help alleviate pressure, as well as soothe your little one during a particularly unnerving time.
While it never hurts to pack extra diapers (estimate "one diaper per hour, just in case") and to keep all the baby's medicine in your carry-on bag, don't overload yourself with unnecessary items. The Turner PR group suggests, "Pack well in advance, then edit a day or two before your departure."
New parents flying with a baby should allow plenty of extra prep time. Dr Jessica Voigts of Wandering Educators advises parents "to take their time, be as relaxed as possible (babies pick up on stress!), and try to plan travel for when the baby is sleeping."
If you – and everyone around you – has had a harrowing flight thanks to your (usually) precious bundle of joy, take heart. It'll all be over soon. And if it's really bad, offer to buy the passengers immediately around you a stiff drink! Dr Voigts also adds, "Be patient with your kids as well as with other frazzled travelers. Sometimes, you can change a day for people just by laughing -- it's contagious."