Air travel with an infant can be challenging, but it’s so worth it if you want to take a family vacation. Use this flight plan to board with confidence.  By Rachel Swalin from American Baby

1. Time it right

When booking a flight, “think about what you would be doing with your baby at that time at home,” notes Brianna Meighan, author of How to Fly With a Baby. “If your flight will be boarding at the exact time you would normally feed your baby, give him his meal a few minutes before getting on the plane,” Meighan says. “If you are behind schedule, that’s when you will start to see the meltdowns.” Consider his personality too. “If he usually falls asleep when you’re out running errands, it may not matter what time he flies,” says Jennifer Shu, M.D., pediatrician and coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn. “But if any little disruption sets him off, book late evening when he is more likely to sleep through the trip.”  Continue reading