Flying with a baby
Flying introduces a whole new world of discomfort to babies, so you can help your baby and yourself by planning for them.
The first thing to do is make sure your baby is old enough to fly when booking your flights. In general, you’re unlikely to be booking a flight for immediately after giving birth, so it’s probably not an issue, but airlines have differing policies on what a minimum age to fly is.
It is normally two weeks old, but there is some variance so make sure you check this before booking.
Do I need a baby passport?
Yes. Everyone travelling needs a passport, even very young babies. Getting one, however, can take time. So make sure you book flights to factor in the maximum amount of time this could take.
To apply for an infant passport you need to apply with a completed application form, your baby’s birth certificate and two identical colour photos of your baby with a signature from a professional who has known you for at least two years.
There are strict rules for adult passport pictures (light background, no one else in the picture, both eyes open, etc.) but the passport office are a little more relaxed when it comes to babies.
Check the government’s advice on passport requirements and the application process. And you can use the Post Office Check & Send service to make your application.