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How Do You Change a Baby's Nappy on a Plane?

How Do You Change a Baby's Nappy on a Plane?

Flying with a baby can be an exciting (yet possibly challenging) experience, especially for new parents.  One of the most frequent concerns is wondering how easy it will be to change your baby's nappy mid-flight. It may seem like a daunting task, but with the right preparation (and a positive approach), it can be done smoothly and efficiently.
Here are some of our practical tips on how to change a baby's nappy on a plane.
1. Preparation before flying with baby
Before you start on your journey, make a list of all the necessary items you’ll need for changing your baby's nappy. It really does make it easier to pack with a checklist!  You’ll need to plan to have enough diapers for the duration of the flight and allow for extras in case of delays or unexpected explosions; you'll also need plenty of baby wipes; disposable bags for dirty nappies and it’s worth packing a portable changing mat.
A portable changing pad is particularly useful as it provides a clean surface to change your baby’s nappy and adds an extra layer of comfort for your little one during the process.
2. Finding the right spot 
This may not always be the easiest part! Most commercial planes have at least one toilet equipped with a changing table. However, these spaces can be quite cramped and not very comfortable for either you or your baby. If you can, try to choose flights on larger aircraft that tend to have more spacious restrooms.
If there is no changing table available (or if it is occupied when you need it), you may need to get creative. Consider using the plane seat as an alternative spot if necessary. Here’s where the portable changing pad will come in handy to keep things clean and comfortable for your little one.
3. Changing the nappy 
When it comes time to actually changing the nappy while flying with a baby, speed and efficiency are key due to limited space and potential turbulence. Here are some steps:
  • Lay down your portable changing pad
  • Remove the dirty nappy by unfastening its tabs
  • Use baby wipes to clean up your baby. Always wipe from front to back.
  • Slide a clean diaper under your baby, making sure the tabs are on the side located under your baby's bottom.
  • Fasten the new diaper, ensuring it's snug but not too tight.
  • Dispose of the dirty nappy and wipes in a disposable nappy bag and then pop it in the bin.
4. After changing the nappy
After changing your baby's nappy, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. If you used an airplane restroom, leave it as clean as you found it for other passengers' comfort.  If you’ve used the plane seat, it’s a good idea to just wipe it down with a wipe in case there has been some unexpected leakage.
Remember to also check on your baby regularly during the flight as air pressure changes can sometimes lead to more frequent bowel movements.
5. Tips for flying with a baby
Aside from changing nappies, there are a few other things that you can do to make flying with a baby easier for everyone:
  • If possible, try to book flights to coincide with your baby’s normal sleep times
  • Make sure you take your SnoozeShade with you in your hand luggage as it can be used to help your little one switch off in an airplane cot or bassinet and we’ve also seen parents use it creatively over their seat (and themselves) to help baby nod off in spite of bright cabin lights
  • Feed or give your baby a dummy during take off and landing to help alleviate ear pressure
  • Bring toys or books to keep your little one entertained during the flight – we have seen some great fidget spinner toys to stick onto the plane window or onto the back of the seat that can keep little ones entertained for hours
  • Dress your baby in comfortable clothes and bring layers in case it gets cold on the plane - and always bring more spare clothes for baby than you think you’ll need! 

Changing a baby's nappy on a plane might seem challenging at first, but with preparation and practice, it can become second nature.
Remember that every parent flying with a baby has to go through this experience and most passengers understand what you're dealing with.

Try not to stress too much about it – focus on ensuring that both you and your little one have as comfortable a flight as possib


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