Questions about flying/airports

Tracy - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi,



Sorry if there's a weird conversation posted on the board listed as "-1" replies about flying... I tried to delete it and haven't quite figured this all out yet.



We are taking our first flight in a couple of weeks and I'm curious about tips, what to do at security, what not to do, etc... Did you find it easier with the stroller or baby bjorn, etc? I'm petrified of creating a disaster at security!



I saw the recent post about traveling, and I appreciate the note about giving Tylenol before take off!



It's not a long flight so I'll be holding her.



Any input you guys have is appreciated. Thanks. :)

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Sonam - posted on 01/09/2014

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Hello
Can i travel with my 10 week baby having snuff
I have to travel from hyderabad to delhi

Tamra - posted on 04/17/2009

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Jessica Hays ummm... you can check your carseat on the plane or since you are renting a car you could check to see if the rental place has carseats to rent i dont know if that si an option your welling to consider but i do know that some car rentals do rent them out

Tamra - posted on 04/17/2009

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i just flew with my son just 2 weeks ago with my son for the first time. I took a stoller with a basket underneath and i used his baby bag as my purse. i bought a container in the baby aisle that has sections in it and a spout that was for formula and i took his playtex bottle with the drop-ins. i checked his carseat which was free with the airline i flew with. I thought my stroller would have been to big its the Jeep version but it wasnt and the basket underneath was really helpful while we were waiting for our flight. i had a lay over which i look for that was short I flew from Colorado Springs, Co to Columbus, Oh the stop was only 50 mins. He slept the whole way take a pacifier with you it helps with the ears popping or use a bottle i just put it in his mouth when we took off and when we were landing i read it in the book "What to expect the first year" and it works the flight attendants said he was the best baby they ever had. i also brought like a baby rattle and those plastic keys in case he woke up. i hope this helps

Renee - posted on 04/17/2009

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hi i flew in feb my daughter was 5 month and she was as great as great can be a soother really helps but sometimes not fussing over how there ears may be helps to i gave he nothing accept her soother when she would take it and she was perfectly fine and we traveled for 8 hours as towards a stroller or a carrier i brought both and honestly they still make u take out everything which is a big hassle so depending on how much bags u have bring whats comfortable or both cause like me theyll still make u take a sleeping baby out of a stroller and close it and out of a carrier and hold them

Kelly - posted on 04/17/2009

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Get to the airport plenty early, earlier than you would without a baby because babies always make the check-in process so much longer and you don't want to be rushed and trying to haul all your stuff and baby. As far as making a scene at security, they are used to it so don't be too worried about that. My best tip is make sure all your necessary documents (passports and boarding passes) are very easy to access, even when holding a baby because they keep asking for them. I personally prefer baby carriers to strollers because they don't always make you remove the baby from a carrier and it's just less bulk. But it depends on what you want to have with you at your destination. You can take your car seat right up to the gate to check in there. They don't limit the amount of luggage you take through security, just onto the plane. I would wrap the car seat up yourself in plastic wrap or trash bag and duck tape to keep it from getting dirty or torn from snagging. You do have to taste liquids for the baby if you are going through most parts of Europe, even if you're just passing through but not in the USA or Australia.



Check with your airline's website about what you are able to bring with an infant. In the past I have always been given a car seat, stroller, and diaper bag in addition to my our check-in and carry-on allowance and a few times I have also been given a smaller checked bag for the baby.



It is difficult to eat while holding a baby unless he/she can go in a bassinet connected to the bulk head. Do you know where you'll be sitting yet? Also, if the seatbelt sign is on, the baby must be on your lap and wearing a little seatbelt they'll give you that slips over your own. This can be very frustrating when it's minor turbulence and your baby is happily asleep in the bassinet and you have to pick them up and strap them to you.



Neither of my children had problems with their ears on our countless international and domestic flights, surprisingly, but nursing on take-off and especially landing is supposed to help them balance the pressure.



Sorry, that was so long.

Debbie - posted on 04/17/2009

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They dont let you breastfeed on take off or landing



I'm not sure who you fly with, but as I said in my post I've flown lots of times and always feed on take off and landing. The infant seatbelt allows you to move your baby into different positions so that you can feed and they can sleep comfortably. I have never once been told by an air hostess that I can't feed my baby on take off or landing.



Another tip is to make sure you have a little pillow (yours or the airlines) cos it makes feeding/sleeping much easier.

Lindsay - posted on 04/15/2009

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we're flying out to sweden on the 28th to visit my aunt and i'm slightly alarmed at the news that you can't breast feed on take off or landing. my little one has never had a bottle and when we did try recently she refused it, so any tips on popping ears would be appreciated. also we're also taking our own car seat should i cover it in a clear plastic bag myself or do we have to present it as is? so many things i haven't thought of!!

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Vanessa:

We took our little girl to Spain when she was 2 months old, it was her first flight.
There isnt that much to know really.
They just make you taste your babys milk and water.
You can take the pushchair right up to the plane, so carrying her arround wasnt a problem!!
They dont let you breastfeed on take off or landing . So you do need to have a bottle of milk.
You shouldnt need to give your child tylenol to fly.
The only thing is their ears pop, giving her bottle helps cause of the sucking action.
Its all prety easy and straight forward






I thought I heard that they no longer make you test the babies milk.  I hope this is true, because I think I will gag if I have to test the bottle of breastmilk that I will be taking with us.



 



You are correct...you do NOT have to taste the milk anymore!  At least, not in the United States.





 

Jessica - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Vanessa:

We took our little girl to Spain when she was 2 months old, it was her first flight.
There isnt that much to know really.
They just make you taste your babys milk and water.
You can take the pushchair right up to the plane, so carrying her arround wasnt a problem!!
They dont let you breastfeed on take off or landing . So you do need to have a bottle of milk.
You shouldnt need to give your child tylenol to fly.
The only thing is their ears pop, giving her bottle helps cause of the sucking action.
Its all prety easy and straight forward



I thought I heard that they no longer make you test the babies milk.  I hope this is true, because I think I will gag if I have to test the bottle of breastmilk that I will be taking with us.

Deb - posted on 04/15/2009

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We also took our daughter on a flight at two months. We checked her stroller and car seat at the plane. ACtually for two of our flights they let us take the car seat on because the flight wasn't full, even though we did not buy a ticket for her. She was great on the plane, just slept the whole way. She got cranky in teh airport, I think it was sensory overload. They actually had security lanes for famiies. SO we didn't feel rushed by the other people in the airport.

We are taking another trip in a couple of weeks, hopefully it will be as smooth.

Vanessa - posted on 04/15/2009

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We took our little girl to Spain when she was 2 months old, it was her first flight.
There isnt that much to know really.
They just make you taste your babys milk and water.
You can take the pushchair right up to the plane, so carrying her arround wasnt a problem!!
They dont let you breastfeed on take off or landing . So you do need to have a bottle of milk.
You shouldnt need to give your child tylenol to fly.
The only thing is their ears pop, giving her bottle helps cause of the sucking action.
Its all prety easy and straight forward

Sarah - posted on 04/14/2009

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We flew with our little one when he was 2 months old. I will be taking him myself in about a month. We used a baby carrier, which worked pretty well. I didn't have to take him off - they let me walk through with him in the carrier at security so that was pretty easy. I saw other people taking car seat and stroller through, which I will probably attempt this time since I'm by myself and will have a couple hours to kill at the airport. But I don't remember what they had to do as far as taking that stuff through.



We checked our car seat with the luggage and yes, they were very rough with it. On the way to our destination, they didn't even cover it with a clear, plastic bag as they are supposed to do. So, it got really dirty as well.

I saw other people just check that stuff right as they got on the plane. They didn't seem to have issues and it looked easy, so I would reccomend that.



Diaper bags do not count against your carry on limit. (Neither do purses, coats, laptops...) So, you can bring his whole diaper bag and still your own carry on.



I would recommend having and extra shirt and pants in your own bag. I narrowly avoided a disaster with a diaper blowout just before going through security. If it had gotten on me, I would have been stuck with poo on my shirt the whole time. ( I guess I would have had to purchase a shirt in the airport..but it would be nicer to just have your own..)



one other thing...we rented a car at our destination and noticed that they do have car seats that you can rent. Not sure how comfortable you would be with that, but just to let you know. I think I'd rather have my own since he's still so little, but when older, that would probably be okay.



We just fed our babe at take-off and landing and he had no issues. Didn't use any Tylenol.

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2009

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Wow, this couldn't be timed any better! I am also planning on taking our 6-month old on his first airplane trip here in a few weeks (a short 1 hour flight from SLC to Denver). I didn't even think about using the backpack carrier for the airport. We are taking his car seat (since we will be renting a car there), so does anyone have any tips on getting that through security so you can just check it plane side? I hear they are even rough with car seats if you check at the desk and don't want to risk getting it broken.



Another thing I just thought of, also, is what about a diaper bag? They limit your carry ons, so do you just put a few essentials in another bag, or take the whole diaper bag with you?

Debbie - posted on 04/14/2009

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My baby is 6mth old and we have flown 4 times with her (return flights = 8 times), all day flights too cos it takes all day to get from one end of australia to the other. We've never used any drugs with her and she hasn't needed them. I breastfeed my baby and have not had any problems doing this on the plane. She is really easy to move around into different positions while she's strapped into the infant seatbelt which is attached to you. Little toys on the plane to occupy them are good and things to suck on for take off and landing (all tho this hasn't seemed to bother our baby so far). The hardest thing about flying is eating while holding them. Don't really have any tips there, I've always flown with my husband which makes it a little easier.



I use our baby carrier which makes things easier with check-in, security, getting on and off the plane and picking up your luggage at your destination.



If you have breaks between flights make sure your baby get some stretching out/tummy time.



So far I have found people in general and the air hostesses to be extremely helpful.



Goodluck and I hope it goes well.

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