is it safe for babies to fly?

How Soon Can a Newborn Fly?

So, how soon can a newborn fly? the short answer is as soon as you want. In general, it is perfectly safe for a newborn baby to fly. But in saying that, there are some considerations to think about before you make a decision.
When can a newborn fly?
Is it safe for your baby to fly?

Things to consider:

  • Was your baby born early? Then you need to count from his/her due-date.
  • Did you give a normal birth? If you didn’t you might need few weeks to fully recover before you could fly safely.
  • Is it really important to travel? If not, maybe it will be much better for you and your baby to get to know each other well and bond before you embark on such a stressful activity.
  • It is always a good idea to consult your GP.

However. If you decide to go ahead and fly it is highly advisable to check with the airline company because some companies have different policies from others. While some are happy to welcome a two days old baby on board others might not allow it until they are at least two weeks old. Although it is highly unusual, some airline companies might ask for a fit-to-fly certificate.


Some legal stuff:is it safe for baby to fly

If you are flying internationally your baby will need his own passport and his own visa. If your baby have a different surname you might need their birth certificate to prove that you are related and a letter from your husband to say it is ok for the baby to travel with you.

However, I personally travelled with my first daughter Natalia every year since she was born and with (her and Salma) since Salma was born, and I can tell you, I have never needed a proof that we were related nor a letter of consent from my husband. I am talking holidays.

If you are or intending to take your baby abroad permanently to live then you are well advised to seek legal consultation and looking at the government website might help, the link below may be useful:

Get permission to take your baby abroad


Before you Travel:

Whether you are heading out for the day or going on an epic journey abroad, the preparations are nearly the same. You need to think about the needs of your baby while on the journey. If you consider the following 3 things each and every time, your baby will be absolutely fine:-

  • Comfort: your baby will need to be clean and dry through out the journey, so their bag must have enough nappies, creams and clothes. I personally love the yummy mummy, cupcake design bag, here a picture of mine:

This bag is nice, sturdy and stylish and what’s more it is very practical and has room for everything you’ll need. Get yours here:


  • Feeding:-  whether you breastfeed, bottle-feed or both, nowadays you can expect a lot of help feeding your baby on the move. You’ll need muslins, water,  bottles and the formula milk if you bottle-feed most places would heat a bottle but I always carry with me a thermos with hot water just in case.
  • Stimulation:- do not forget their favourite toy amongst other toys and some age appropriate books.

A comfortable, well-fed and stimulated baby is definitely a HAPPY baby that will make your journey a joy rather than stressful.

I hope I covered the important aspects of travelling with your little miracle.

If you have any question or you need any more information please leave it in a comment down below and I will be more than happy to come back to you.

Please get in touch if you need any help with anything, and don’t forget to always:


9 thoughts on “How Soon Can a Newborn Fly?”

  1. thank you so much for this information ! its very helpfull cause i just have had my baby and i cant wait take him to my country to meet all my family, i though i may have to wait quite a while but seems that can be much easyer!

    1. Hello Monica,
      Thank you for stopping at my website. I am very happy that you found the information quite helpful. I hope you have a lovely time with your family and your baby.

  2. I also have a pink lining yummy mummy bag and I agree it is well worth the money. It has plenty of space but looks smart too.

  3. Rima, do you have any advice on carrying baby foods and milk through the airports? Do they let you through customs with it? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jess and thank you for dropping by.
      Luckily, with baby food and milk you can carry it with you through customs. With formula milk you can carry the powder as for the water, you can carry it in feeding bottles but I usually just buy it after going through security. With breast milk and ready to drink formula, you can carry it in feeding bottles and with baby food you can carry enough for the journey.
      I hope you’ll find this information quite helpful.

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