Changing a Babys Diaper on a Plane

Flying on a plane with a baby – Not fun.

Changing a baby’s diapers – Not fun.

Changing a baby’s diapers while flying on a plane – Really not fun.

Although changing diapers on a plane is probably the last thing you want to do, sometimes it is inevitable. Fortunately, you can make it much easier if you take the right steps before, during and after your diaper change.

You should prepare far in advance of changing the diapers. First have some sort of pad that the child can go on while changing him or her. That way if he or she “goes,” you will not have to sit on it for the rest of the trip or explain to the airline what happened. Also, make sure to bring plenty of wipes. To make it easier, remove several wipes before you start to undo your baby’s clothing. You should also bring a plastic bag where you can deposit used wipes and the diaper. They make scented bags that help mask any odor. Have diaper cream ready. Also, consider bringing an entire change of clothing and having it on hand in case an accident occurs. Get out the diaper and open it up in advance.

Change the baby quickly and methodically. With everything at hand, it should be very quick. If someone can help you by holding the baby or distracting him or her, that can make it easier. One of the flight attendants may even be willing to help you. You can change him or her right on the seat (with a pad); if there is a better or safer location such as in the bathroom or on a changing table, then use that. You may want to give the baby a toy or something else that can calm him or her to make it less likely to disturb the other passengers. If he or she cries, just try to do it as quickly as possible.

A scented bag will help you quickly dispose of the used items, which you can then bring back to the bathroom garbage.

There are a few safety precautions you should follow when changing your baby’s diaper on a plane. First, if the seat belt sign is on, then you should never take your baby out of his or her seat under any conditions. Safety in the most important thing. If your baby is securely latched in a car seat or it is an older toddler in the seat, then do not change his or her diaper during an unsafe time. The light is on for a reason, and you do not want to take him or her out and suddenly experience heavy turbulence that can harm your child.   

It is also important to stay right in front of the child while changing him or her. You do not want him or her rolling out of the seat when turbulence hits.

Changing a baby’s diaper on a plane is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Prepare right to make it easier.