Air travel

Claire - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a newborn and plan on taking a trip for Christmas. She will be four months old and we will be flying. We do not have a car, so driving is out of the question. I breast feed so I won't need to bother with a bottle. Any other flight advice?

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Iysha - posted on 10/09/2009

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Oh, if you have a baby carrier, it would be helpful for carrying your baby through the airport if you aren't bringing a stroller. I would advise not bringing a stroller since it is just a big hassle.

Iysha - posted on 10/09/2009

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Have an onboard kit- diapers, wipes, blanket,plastic bag for dirty diapers, a couple changes of clothes, extra shirt for yourself in case of "accidents," and snacks for yourself since you are breast feeding. Jot down the packing list ahead of time so you don't forget anything. Also some baby tylenol (babies can start teething at around your child's age at the time of the trip) and some gas medicine.



Arrive real early so you can rest a little before the flight.



Try to get a seat in the back for easy acesst to the lavatories. Also try to get an aisle seat so you can walk your baby up and down the aisle when she is fussy. Bring a pacifier since you may not be able to breastfeed or bottle feed during take off and landing. The sucking helps with cabin pressure changes (ear popping).



Have a plan! do you need a passport for your child? Is the baby covered under travle insurance(optional)? Do you have written permission if you are not travleng with your baby's other parent?Does the airline offer an infant luggage allowance? If you are purchasing a seat for your baby is there a discount? If you are going to hold your baby, is there a bassinet or skycot available, and will you need a ticket for the baby?

Can you prebook your seating?



Ask for a seat with an extra oxygen mask for your baby if you have not purchased a seat for her.



Try to book a flight online since you can find the best deals there and try to book a flight that is early morning or at night so your baby will be sleeping for most of the flight if the flight is long.

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