First plane ride with baby

Lorraine - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Were going to be flying home next month to visit and are going to be up in the air for about 6 hours. I actually have two questions: What should I carry with me? I really do want to have the boppy pillow, the diaper bag and the car seat. I don't know if this is realistic since we have to change flights though. The second question is how do I pop my baby's ears from the change in the cabin pressure?? I remember someone telling me that I should feed her while the plane is departing and landing. I just want to make sure though. Thanks everyone.

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Lorraine - posted on 06/19/2009

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i have the stroller frame that you place the car seat on top you still think they will take both cause it doesn't fold in to one

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I flew on a 6 hour flight with my son, then 6 months old. I brought--the pacifier he doesn't suck on but plays with, a full diaper bag, his new glove toy, and me! We didn't purchase a seat for him, so he rode on my lap both flights. The carseat I would have brought fits on my stroller. The stroller went late check in (at the gate) and was at the gate ready when we got off the plane. My son is breastfed, so I just breastfed on the plane. For take-off and landing, he played with the soother while watching out the window and didn't have any ear problems as he didn't make a peep. Having a bottle ready just in case is a good idea. Other babies on our flight home had a bottle for both take-off and landing. The swallowing keeps the pressure equalized so their ears don't hurt. The glove--I was given an activity glove for our trip. I don't know where it came from, but my son loved it! Each finger and the palm have a different little velcro on or elastic string toy. I would rearrange the toys and he would spend about an hour playing with it again since it was yet again 'new'. The toys stuck well so it was only one piece to pull out and put away as needed.
Have a wonderful flight and enjoy your visit!

Lorraine - posted on 06/21/2009

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thanks for the help i don't think were gonna have time to lay her out on the floor, but i definitely have to think about what were taking and not have everything be so heavy

Anna - posted on 06/21/2009

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we just took my 2 month old on a plane flight, here's what we did: we brought the boppy, diaper bag, and car seat with us. they will let you bring the car seat on the plane if it's not too crowded, but if it's full, you'll just do the check as you get on the plane. having all of these things was annoying sometimes, but so worth it! i also nursed her during take-off each time, she wouldn't take her paci's during landings but did fine. during layovers, i just layed her out on a blanket in a corner somewhere and she just played and stretched out. she didn't cry once. the idea of flying made me nervous with such a little baby but they really do really well. i hear it's much harder once they are toddlers! ;) When you check-in, make sure you tell them you have the baby (i know they should notice, but they don't all the time) because babies can only sit on one side of the plane, so they have to make sure your seats are in the right place!

Samanta - posted on 06/20/2009

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i flew with my then 8 month old daughter recently and the sucking (either bresatfeeding, bottle or pacifier - whichever works best) does help a lot with the cabin pressure and depending on the age of your child he or she might pretty well just sleep thru the flight. u can try not to let her nap before the flight this way she will be a little tired and eager to nap thru the flight. good luck :)

Lorraine - posted on 06/20/2009

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got it face towards the back. the only thing i am worried about is that all the moms keep on talking about pacifiers and bottles. well my daughter is stubborn and doesn't really take the pacifier. as for bottle we have to keep it for a 35 min car ride then the first flight is only like half an hour then we switch planes. i'll probably end up breastfeeding her the whole way.

Amanda - posted on 06/20/2009

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we flew with our then 2.5 month old and the flight attendant told us to have him facing the back of the plane (in the burping position) for take off and landing and he did awesome! the pressure didn't bother him at all I gave him his soother when we were up in the air and he went right to sleep he slept for just about the whole 4 hr flight. good luck!

Lorraine - posted on 06/20/2009

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thank you so much i think on the flight i'm just gonna let her rest on a boppy pillow cause the first flight is only like half an hour and the rest is on the second flight

Jennel - posted on 06/20/2009

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Hi yes you herd right, the sucking does help with there ears so even a dummy would work, We found the stroller was great to have since we had six hour delays and she need to sleep and we were not holding her the hole time. you just gate check it and you can use it up to the plane and its there when you get off. as what to take on we had a bassenet seat so she had a bed but i think you can only get them on long halls we had a 14 hour flight. good luck it will be great

Allison - posted on 06/19/2009

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I just flew with my daughter in March, she was then five months old. I used a bottle and a pacifier for the pressure because my pediatrician said I couldn't give her Benadryl. It worked so well! She slept the entire time we were in the air ( I was in the air for six hours too).

Lorraine - posted on 06/19/2009

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well hopefully it goes fine cause we have to switch planes. I think that would be my worst thought that they lose the car seat. Thank you soo much.

Sarah - posted on 06/19/2009

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Yes! That is exactly what I used. When you get to the gate, tell the agent you have a 2 piece stroller to check, they will give you tags to put on & a claim check. Then when you get to the entrance of the plane take them apart and leave them. I always tell the flight attendant when I get on that I left a stroller in the jetway. It will be in the same place when you get off the plane. It's very easy! Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 06/19/2009

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I have flown multiple times with my now 5 mo old. His doc did recommend feeding during takeoff and landing to help with the ears. However our flights were short so I could only do it during takeoff. I gave him a pacifier during the descent. All 4 flights he was fine, had no ear problems. My sisters ped told her it makes no difference what you do, their ears will pop or they won't. Regarding what to carry on - did you buy a seat for your baby? If not, you won't have room for the carseat! However, you can check the seat or stroller right as you get on the plane so you can still use it in the airport and then just carry baby on. If you do it that way, they will have the car seat/stroller waiting when you get off the plane (even if you are just changing planes they should still be able to do that since they'll have to take it off the 1st plane anyway).

Lorraine - posted on 06/19/2009

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Quoting Lauren:

I am flying with my husband so thank god i got two extra arms, but checking in luggage is charged extra with some airlines. So there lies the problem, packing for three people for two weeks. I usually fill two big suitcases so on top of that I need to take the pack and play to sllep in, car seat to ride in around town and the stroller. OMG it's just too much!
I hope you have a great flight though!!

Lauren - posted on 06/19/2009

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I am flying monday for the first time with Peyton and I have heard the same thing about the pressure. Either feed them or give them a pacifier. My flight is only 2 hrs so we are checking our car seat and it is just me and her flying so the less I have to carry the better.

Regina - posted on 06/19/2009

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Not sure how to help with the pressure issue but ... in reference to what to carry with you I saw this GREAT tool for lugging a child and a car seat in a catalog called Step Ahead - it was a thing you could attach the car seat to with the child in it and just wheel it through the airport - freeing up a hand!!! Hope you have a successful trip!!!

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