Flying with baby

Elizabeth - posted on 11/14/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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We live in Finland, and are flying home for Christmas. My son will be 10 weeks old at the time of the flight, and we have two connections (nothing is direct from Helsinki) and a total of 16 hours of travel time. Anybody have any tips for traveling with babies? I really don't want to be the person on the plane that everyone hates with a screaming baby.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2008

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We flew with my 2 month old and Southwest was awesome with her. We didn't pay for the infant ticket so we planned on holding her. The flight wasn't full so they let us put her car seat in a window seat. It was very easy to ride with her at that age because the "white noise" from the motor kept her asleep most of the way. I know that won't happen for 16 hrs. but maybe it'll help him sleep more than normal.

Lorry - posted on 11/22/2008

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I just want to say the comment about the Snugli getting tangled is so silly! Do they also forbid jackets with fringes, or dangly belts and bracelets? I'd have a hard time not rolling my eyes if someone gave me that line.

We're flying to the US for the holidays as well (from Denmark) so I also appreciate these tips!

Katie - posted on 11/21/2008

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We flew with our son at 10 weeks to Hawaii (from CA). I also recommend the bjorn or sling of some-sort for traveling around the airport/between connections. We were lucky on our flight out that there were many empty seats so they allowed us to bring his infant carseat on board and strap him into that - so he slept in there most of the flight. On the inter-island flights and on the flight home, we just held him. At such a young age, they are pretty easy to travel with (in my experience and so others have told me), they just require quite a bit of gear. He did get a little fussy on the flight home, but I think he was just bored. I also, like the others, recommend pacifier, bottle or boob on ascent and descent. :) All this said, we were going to go to Australia next week for a family wedding (he's now 26 weeks), but we chickened out though. :P

Heidi - posted on 11/20/2008

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I agree that baby would be safer straped to you. WestJet told me that I couldn't have her attached to me because in an emergency the snugli could become tangled on something. Having heard from all of you about being able to do this I'm questioning whether the girl at the ocunter really knew what she was talking about. She also told me there was no empty seats on the plane and there were about 4 or 5 (one of them was next to me). Anyhow, the flights went well so I can't complain.

Sara - posted on 11/20/2008

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I flew with a 7 week old on a trip with two connections. I highly recommend having a sling or bjorn or whatever front carrier you have. I have a moby wrap and it worked great. She slept the whole time except when nursing and transferring planes was a snap. I think this age is WAY better than 6 months and beyond! The toddlers we saw were all melting down and crying. One flight attendant asked me to take her out of the wrap for take off, which was a bit ridiculous because they didn't give me a seat belt attachment for her. Wouldn't being attached to me be safer for her? She said nothing on the decent and the other flight nothing was said. I think they were glad she was sleeping and not crying. :)

Jennel - posted on 11/19/2008

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im in the same situation as you I live in New Zealand and going home to canada for christmas though my daughter will be 6 months im a bit nervis she will be grumpy and my luck she will be teething at the same time its about a 30 hour travle time including the delays we have. I have been told to feed up and down to help with there ears, and for the delays we can have our stroller (thank god) its called gate cheaking i would check with your air line if they do this so I am hoping all will go fine :)

Heidi - posted on 11/19/2008

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You guys are so lucky!!!! I wish I could've had my daughter in her snugli during the flight. It was so tiring holding her the whole time. I agree with Tove about having the snugli in the airport ... I couldn't have pushed the cart and carried the carseat if I hadn't been able to wear her. It sounds like on international flights or those with alot of people you can't bring the stroller to the gate or perhaps it's just on WestJet flights that you can. Either way it was a huge help. I hope you can do that but if not the snugli or something similar will be a huge asset.

Tove - posted on 11/19/2008

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We live in Helsinki and flew in September with our then 3 month old son to London. At Helsinki airport you are not allowed to take the stroller to the gate. When checking in, ask if there are seats available on the plane (if it is not fully booked). They may be able to keep one seat free beside you. Then it is easier for you to put the baby there to rest. They did this for us on the plane to London and it was great. We had brought a big pillow for our son Alex to lie on and he slept well on it on the seat. On the plane back from London they could not reserve a seat for us so we had to hold him the whole way. A bit more difficult but here too the big pillow helped, he could sleep more straight (as on a mattress) in our lap. Otherwise it was easy to fly with a baby. He just screamed for 15 minutes (which was the longest 15 minutes ever!) when he was tired and the other passengers did not seem to mind, but I was embarrased... hehe... I myself got tired beacuse we had to keep him in a good mood the whole other time, so every time his mouth turned downwards, it was like "look, uuuu, a MAGAZINE" or "look, mommy is holding a CUP" ! hehehh... But the flight was ok and not nearly as impossible as I had thought!! No ear problems or anything. And the Baby Björn was terrific at the airports!!

Ambra - posted on 11/19/2008

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They wouldn't allow me to wear the baby bjorn during landing and take off, when I had to put her in the regular infant seat belt, but the rest of the time they didn't say anything (this was on Norwegian Air and Click Air-- the low cost version of Iberia). Oh well, seems you should check!

Heidi - posted on 11/19/2008

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Check with your airline about the stroller and strapping baby to you. I flew Westjet and they wouldn't allow me to wear my daughter (in a snugli). They brought me my car seat at the gate when I deplaned both flights and there were many strollers. I would guess that both things depend on the airline as they would have different rules and regulations. Good luck!

Ambra - posted on 11/19/2008

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I brought the Baby Bjorn with me on a few recent flights and train trips (my daughter is 3.5 months) and it helps to a) transit baby from the plane to the baggage belt (we found that even if you leave the stroller at the gate you still have to pick it up on the baggage belt afterwards-- this was with two different airlines, too), and b) if you want to sleep and don't have an extra seat you can strap the baby to your chest so you don't have to worry about him/her falling. I also fed my daughter during take off and landing and she didn't have any problems with her ears. Bring a blanket though-- sitting next to the window tends to get chilly and we had to put a hat on her. Also put as much stuff as you possibly can in your checked luggage because it's amazing how fast things build up. We also made the mistake during one trip of packing her diaper bag things into a backpack with our stuff. Every time we needed a bottle or burp cloth we had to shuffle through books and ipods and we found it better to just separate everything. Most planes have at least one bathroom with a change table. One flight I felt terrible as I changed my daughter on the toilet seat (covered with a blanket that I couldn't use anymore, in good conscience, after it had been on the toilet :-P) only to find that the other bathroom had a change table... Good luck! :-)

Heidi - posted on 11/15/2008

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One more thing ... I gave my daughter gravol 30 minutes before the flight. :)

Heidi - posted on 11/15/2008

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Hi. I just flew from Edmonton, AB to Fort Myers, FL (almost 9 hours and one stopover). I took the redeye so that helped because my daughter(10 weeks) slept through the night. I fed her on the decent. She was awake for most of the second flight but just looked around and sucked on her soother. My suggestion is to keep her schedule (feeding and napping) as close to normal as possible. Also, if the airport will allow it bring your stroller right to the gate. They will put it on the plane after you get on and have it ready for you when you get off. I didn't do this and the stopover was really hard because I had to hold my daughter the whole time ... on and off the plane. Good luck.

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