Sometimes it’s easier not to travel with a small baby, but with some clever choices and tips, there is no reason to limit your choices.

Airlines allow babies to fly from two weeks old so they can start early. There is only two years where babies fly for free so make the most of it.

Some tips that will get you and baby on a flight this summer.

Be early – most airlines allow you to board first with babies and small children. You can get your gear into the overhead bins and have snacks, bottles etc to hand;

Try to take only one flight – this doesn’t have to restrict your options though. And if you time it right, the baby will sleep on the flight (baby’s ‘night time’!);

Avoid peak-time flights – you will have more space, more air, more personal service and a nicer experience all round on a half-empty flight;

Buggies and car seats – you can bring these right up to the gate and it will be ready for you when you land. Just get a baggage tag at check-in;

Be prepared with snacks and fluids – keep baby hydrated because airplanes are drying. Best to feed your baby at take-off and landing – giving them something to suck on to help relieve air pressure;

Bring entertainment – to keep baby entertained bring books and toys to keep their attention;

Book short flights with short transfers;

Avail of airline choices – book a bassinet for long haul flights. These bassinets fasten to the bulkheads, however book early, as airlines are limited in number of bassinets. Also, book an aisle seat in advance so you can quickly and easily get to the bathroom for baby changes.

These common sense tips were provided courtesy of Sunway Travel’s, Tanya Airey.