We have been on two return flights to Singapore on Jetstar with our son, once when he was 6 months and the other at 7+ months. There a few pointers to consider when flying on a budget airline with your baby.
- Seats – We paid a little more and picked our seats before hand. You don’t want to be placed too far behind the plane where people are moving in and out of the loo (doors opening and closing can wake your sleeping baby). Also, sitting further to the front allows for you to exit the plane a lot earlier.
- Carry-on luggage – I find it important not to stuff your carry-on. A blanket, a muslin, wet wipes, diapers, a few toys and a change of clothes are really all you need on a short flight. A spare pacifier too if you are using them. Since it was just 3 of us, we only had 1 carry-on between us. This eases boarding as you will be checking-in your stroller at the door. In the case with Jetstar in KLIA and Changi, we only retrieved the stroller at the conveyor belt with the rest of our luggage.
- Flight timing – Selecting the time you fly can be quite crucial. Due to work commitments, we flew to Singapore this time on the evening flight (9pm). It was a bit of a gamble but our little one slept on the plane. He did, however, have a little trouble falling asleep again when we reached the hotel.
- Milk/food – Formula, purees, jar food – decide on what you want to bring on board. Again, this depends on your flight times and if it coincides with a feed. I usually carry a bottle of milk and breastfeed on the plane if necessary.
- Ticket Price – I spent time weighing the difference between purchasing an infant ticket or an adult ticket for our boy. This time around, we got him his own seat as the price was the same. I still held him all the way in the flight. However, he could stretch on the empty seat before take off and there was more room for hubs and I to move around (and chuck our stuff).