any flying tips for a 12 week old?
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Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010
try to travel light. do not overpack becasue it only makes getting on and off the plane more difficult. Your 12 week old shouldn't be to bad maybe take a few things that may entertain him/her. If your bottle feeding don't bring water with you, buy the water after you go through security.(because they have to test each bottle of water). Me and My sister both had babies my daughter was 2 weeks old and my nephew was 4 months old, both of them slept most of the time. Addison actually never woke up on the plane.
Michelle - posted on 02/11/2010
I left my ex and moved with my 2 month old son from Hawaii to Montana. He's now 16 months and we've done 2 other x-country flights. Here are some tips I learned the hard way:
DON'T OVERPACK. I was so afraid of running out of diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, etc that I had two diaper bags in addition to the stroller, car seat and baby. Try maneouvering around an airport with all that! It makes getting through security a pain in the rear because you have to personally fold the stroller up, have all open formula/milk tested, remove your shoes, show your boarding pass... all while holding your baby.
BUY A 2nd SEAT. If you can afford it that is. The military paid our way and my son had his own seat. I ended up holding him most of the flight but it was so nice to not worry about bumping into or disturbing a neighbor or having them wake him. It also gave me extra privacy to...
NURSE or bottle feed, whichever your kiddo prefers. We were on that million hour flight and he alternated between nursing and sleeping the whole time. It kept him calm, his ears didn't stop up from the altitude and I was actually able to cat nap.
Remember that your baby is going to dehydrate fast (adults do too but we don't notice as much) in the plane and is more susceptible to the cold. So easily removable, layered clothes, plenty of drinks and think about taking a red-eye flight. They're less crowded and your baby will probably sleep through because it is their natural bed time and everyone else on board is sleeping too.
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