First Flight with a 7 Month old alone any advice?

Lindsey - posted on 05/01/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter and I will be flying to NY from CA in July when she is almost 7 months. This is a first for both of us. It is a 6 hour flight with a 5 and a half hour lay over in NYC. The flight there is a red eye so Im hoping it will be easy, but the Flight back is a morning flight. My daughter does not nap so I know this will be really hard. She has sensative ears and It will just be the two of us together. I could use all the advice I can get right now on everything. Like how much are you allowed to bring for supplies like diapers, wipes, formula, and ect. What is the easiest way to care for them on there and so on. Please any advice on everything to do with flying with a 7 month old infant will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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If you can get her to drink from her bottle during "take off" and "landings" it will help to get her ears to pop.

Samantha - posted on 05/04/2010

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I travelled with my daughter when she was 3 months old and the best advice that I received was to breast feed her on take off and on landing. The sucking helps to "pop" their ears and release the pressure. (obviously if you are formula feeding then do that). I did have to wake her both times, but I just pushed her through the feeds to make sure her ears were fine but it was definitely worth doing it rather than spend a 5 hour flight listening to her cry in pain because her ears didnt "pop".

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Anne - posted on 05/29/2010

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Bring a change of clothes for you and baby if you can and more diapers than you think. I took my son from Alabama to Hawaii, thought I had packet plenty of diapers unfortunately he ended up having diarrhea from Dallas to Honolulu....I learned my lessons and always brought more diapers than I thought we needed. Thankfully, that never happened again.

I also agree with everyone about either breast feeding or giving a bottle on take off and landing.

Karen - posted on 05/27/2010

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I took my 6 mo old son to Germany and he slept the entire way...both ways. As for what to bring, check your airline...they all have similar rules but some vary. Since your daughter doesn't nap, just find things to entertain her. Good luck...you'll be fine...if she cries while ascending, teach her to make faces that will help pop her ears so they don't hurt. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/18/2010

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2 premade bottles are a plus!!! bring a few small snack... change her before you get on the plane trust me its a hassle when ur in the air the bathrooms are not big enough!! most babys sleep during the flights make sure to give her something to chew on like a paci ( it will help with her ears popping). you can take a stroller and car seat there free on all flights. don't take much more than that you'll go crazy.

Johanna - posted on 05/17/2010

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I flew with my daughter to the States when she was just a little bit older. She didnt really sleep all that good but she did just fine. Just listen to what you baby needs you know it the best. And I took her favourite toy with us and we did just fine. i mean we all know that almost everything is a "toy". One thing they tell you is to give them something to drink during landing and take off so their ears will not hurt them. but pauline didnt needed that either so just look what your baby needs and you will do just fine.

good flight to you guys.

User - posted on 05/05/2010

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Red-eye flight is a great choice. I can only suggest that you feed her right before the flight. Keep her favorite toy handy or buy a new one just for the flight so she doesn't get bored. Kids at this age love to be read to so take a few books with you as well.

Jerice - posted on 05/02/2010

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Don't worry you will be fine. They would allow you to bring the necessary stuff in the bag including water to make the formula. When I travelled with my son he was four months security ck the water I had a stroller to make it easier place lotion and baby gel etc in ur check bag so u won't have no delays. does ur baby suck a pacifier it helps with the air pressure on the plane. Think ahead with stuff that is allowed try not to travel with alot of extra bags.

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