Best Airlines for International Newborns

When it comes to your newborns first flight, we understand that you’re bound to be a little anxious! Especially for parents whose journey home includes an overseas flight, it is important to consider which airlines are able to make your trip home as comfortable as possible. We’ve done a bit of web crawling for you, and here’s what we’ve learned about international vs US domestic carriers.

According to travel expert blogs and articles published on The Huffington Post and Travelsort.com, your best bet is always to book with an international carrier as opposed to an American based carrier. American based carriers have had to focus on cutting their costs to guard their profits over recent years, and don’t have the capital to offer as many amenities as their international counterparts.

 

While most airlines will still allow passengers with small children to pre-board, often times ahead of even first class passengers, many airlines also offer additional considerations to help make your flight more enjoyable. Many International airlines are still able to offer perks and convenience features to parents of newborns including bassinets for sleeping, free on board diapers, wipes, and formula, as well as complimentary formula warming. Only a handful of American based carriers can brag these features, and most can’t guarantee these features will be available ahead of time.

Many of the same carriers were applauded time and time again for their attention to your smallest passenger. These airlines include: Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic, Emirate, Lufthansa and British Airways.

When pricing and booking your tickets to the USA for the birth of your child, keep in mind that you’ll be traveling home with a newborn and look into what each airline offers. When in doubt if certain features or amenities will be available on your flight or in your cabin (will you be flying coach or first class), it’s always best to call ahead and ask.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters.