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    Baby on a Plane: How to Prepare

    For air travel with a tot, you need a flight plan -- and some key equipment.


    Keep your baby on schedule. Trying to soothe a screaming baby amid the glares of your fellow passengers is stressful. One key to avoid such a scene is to keep your baby on her nap schedule.

    "When kids get really tired they start melting down," Collins says. Whether you're in the terminal or on the plane, settle your baby into her carrier at the appointed time.

    To combat boredom fussiness, Collins suggests you bring a few toys your baby hasn't seen before. The novelty will boost her attention span.

    Takeoffs and landings are high time for crying, because babies' ears are more sensitive to pressure changes. The descent can be particularly painful. As soon as the pilot announces you're about to descend, offer baby a bottle, breast, or pacifier to relieve ear pressure. If that doesn't work, gently rub your baby's ears.

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    Reviewed on August 19, 2014

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