First Flight!

Colleen - posted on 02/15/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am taking my almost 3 month old little girl on our first flight together in a couple of weeks. Just wanted to know of any good tips for packing(a week long trip), the flight(about four hours), and anything else that may be helpful. Thanks!

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Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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I found it super helpful to bring formula that was "ready-to-use" in cans. Have a good size blanket of some substance close at hand to use for light-blocking if you are on a night flight. Make friends with the flight attendants! They are very helpful and LOVE babies. If you are travelling with your baby in your arms, I suggest a travel pillow that you can lay on your lap and it supports most of baby's weight. I was travelling alone with our 2 1/2 month old daughter, there were NO available seats anywhere on the plane and this pillow made it easier to position her and hold her in my arms. Oh and one more thing... take FULL advantage of pre-boarding! Happy travels!

Gemma - posted on 02/15/2009

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Good advice about the stroller - we are going on our first flight with our youngest next week, so it will be the first time with our big stroller, which I am sure will not fit through the X-ray machine.



 

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2009

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Besides the obvious...

--Pack extra outfits in ziploc bags and put them in the diaper bag (this makes them easy to find and gives you a place to put the dirty ones.)

--And dress baby in layers, lately it seems like every plane I've been on is freezing!

--If you are formula feeding you can bring any amount of formula/water through the security checkpoints but you have to take it out of the bag and declare it to the official.

--Typically all baby gear has to be run through the xray machine as well, inculding stroller, carseat and front carrier. It is a pain! And many of the bigger strollers do not fit so they have to take it away an inspect it which adds to the time.

--After you check-in you can always check with the flight attendants at the gate to see if there are any available seats with an empty seat next to it or with more leg space...

--If you baby uses a pacifier, get a pacifer holder you can clip to her shirt so you don't have to run to wash it everytime they spit it on the dirty seat :)

--Backpack diaper bags are also handy because it keeps your hands free and you don't have to worry about it slipping off your shoulder.

Good luck!

Gemma - posted on 02/15/2009

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It's a good idea to try and feed your baby on take off and landing - it will help with her ears popping.

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