I am flying with my 8 month old for the first time, any pointers???
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We're stationed in Alaska so when we fly to see family, it's always a long flight. My daughter is an expert traveler at 1. all the advice so far is what I use, my daughter is never too bad and ends up sleeping. Last time we scheduled our flight for around bedtime, to help with her sleeping the whole way. I just gave her a bottle with water or juice for take off and landing, and plenty of snacks. Toys...good idea, but I learned the hard way that with kids this age, make sure they won't do much damage to someone when thrown, lol. In my experience, most other passengers are very understanding...and it seems like there's always another kid on the plane making more noise than mine, so that is good, too, haha.
Belinda - posted on 11/09/2009
How fun! I've traveled extensively with my son (now 2) and everyone is right: toys, extra snacks and drinks, take-off and landing drinks, arrive early for security, bulkhead seating, extra clothes for everyone...
I've always carried Children's Ear Planes ear plugs in case my little monster won't drink. You have to watch that they don't eat them, but they have worked well for me. I take them out during the flight and reinsert them before the plane starts to descend.
Don't get all of those new toys out at once...keep something back for an emergency.
If baby gets freaky, I found that walking up and down the aisle and getting him interested in the other passengers helped...You will know which passengers are keen to say hi to your baby and which are not.
I've let the baby "watch" movies on the iPod...They don't really get it, but love to play with the iPod.
The best thing is to always buy baby their own seat...you get the extra room and baby can sleep snugly in his own car seat. Coach seats are so small, I am surprised airlines even allow lap infants. In first class, a 3-hour flight with a lap infant isn't that bad...any longer, buy another seat.
If you are using a car seat on the plane make sure it has the sticker on it that says it is approved for airline use...If you are flying internationally, bring the manual for your car seat as well. Some countries do not understand car seats (especially convertible car seats) and may try to force you to place your rear facing seat in the forward position.
Place all of baby's food and drinks in a separate bag for hand inspection at security...If flying internationally, check and see what the airline limits are on the amounts you can bring. The US states, ..."a reasonable amount..." Can they be any more vague? :)
Do not get stressed out if anything goes wrong or your child acts up. This just stresses the baby more. Laughing is a lifesaver in these situations...fake it until you feel it.
Have a good time. 8 months is a good age to be traveling.
Elaine - posted on 11/08/2009
When my kids were tiny we did fly alot. I bought those links that you hook together and put all his rattles hooked on it so he couldnt throw or drop the toys. THe links were about 3 ft long so there were lots of variety for him to play with. You can hook the paci to it and they even have the bottles now that you can put the handles on to hook to it. Its hell to pick up anything while holding the baby. Try to plan a bottle for take off and landing if you can. It helps the ears and by the time you sit there after loading before take off, the baby will be ready to relax a bit. good luck and let me know how u make out!
I suggest that you make sure that you have enough snacks and bottles ready, last time we flew (2 months ago) we where delayed 5 1/2 hours which most of that was on the plane & they offered room temperature water & pretzels it was horrible. Better to be over prepared than under prepared. We obviously where not prepared and it was a disaster. Good luck.
Beth - posted on 11/16/2009
check to see if they allow the diaper bag as free carryon...pack xtra in case of delays...most formulas can be found in powder single serving portions.take ur baby food..u can also request baby food on the flight but u have to call and pre arrange that request...dont assume the ticket agent will pass on the fact that u have a baby...call right before ur flight day .. be safe carry on food diapers wipes toys...back packs work well when flying with kids..purses are also not counted as carry ons...buy a big purse for your travels...enjoy
Get a seat behind the engines toward the back of the plane. My babies always slept the entire way due to the sound of the jet engines. If they are awake, the best toys are the cups the flight attendants give out and the ice cubes left from a drink. The hardest times were on the ground when we were taxiing and not allowed to get out of our seats to take care of needs. Also don't forget to pack extra clothes for the babe and an extra shirt for you. Messy on the plane is very uncomfortable. My kids are 5 and 9 now. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Aimee - posted on 11/09/2009
Hello! I just flew with my 3yo, 15 month old, and 7week old...my biggest pointer would be to make sure you get there with plenty of time to get through security - they make you take shoes off and they make you put everything through the x-ray scanner including strollers (they make you fold it up and stick it on the ramp to go throuch machine), car seats, baby sling/carrier, blankets, etc. And if you have a bottle with you they will make you take the top off and check it to make sure it doesn't contain any harmful substance - then you have to have time to put yourself and the baby back together again and into the stroller. I find it helpful to schedule the flight around nap time - they might be cranky and fussy while waiting to get on the plane, but then they sleep the entire flight. I also agree with everyone else in regards to taking plenty of snacks and toys to distract them. Plus, if you tell the flight attendant that this is the first time you have flown with your baby they will be extra helpful - one time the flight attendant took my toddler and walked him up and down the aisle with her to keep him busy when he was tired of sitting for so long! Good luck - and remember that the flight doesn't last forever - it will come to and end and you wont ever have to see those people on the flight again!!! :)
Laura - posted on 11/08/2009
I have flown with my son since he was just a few months old. He is now 20 months old. He's so good on the plane that I fly with him all the time. In the beginning, I gave him a bottle as the plane took off. His ears never seemed to bother him on the several trips I have taken with him. I brought two books to softly read to him, a few small toys, and some snacks as he will not sleep on a plane. As long as you keep him/her entertained they will be fine. Every so often a passenger behind or next to him would play games with him which kept him smiling and happy. It always amazes me how nice other people can be as I have always hated having to fly near or around a child for fear they would have a screaming fit. I still do but only because I have not yet experienced my own child act that way.
Christine - posted on 11/08/2009
A couple of months ago I flew with my 10 month old daughter to Greece (9 hour flight). My husband had to stay home because of work. Before we left I bought new toys, when she saw them for the first time on the plane she was excited. It kept her busy for a couple of hours. As for the ear thing, it never bothered her. My pediatrician said not to worry about it. Just keep her busy.
Ginny - posted on 11/07/2009
we flew with my daughter last april and i was really worried, but as long as she had something to drink as the plane was taking off and landing she did fine. if you're flying to a different climate zone you should think about giving them benedryl before you get there. i didn't until we got there and she was congested the whole trip. :^)
Patti - posted on 11/07/2009
I flew with my daughters when they were babies. I found that most of the advice you have been given was what I did...either bottle or pacifier on takeoff and landing, new toy or book to entertain...something they haven't had before...their own snacks. When my kids were toddler age and older, I got them inexpensive backpacks, handled containers when they were older still, and let them carry their treasures. My kids were really into figures/flexible Disney characters. In their tote, were snacks, toys, paper and colored pencils (the twisty ones rather than the ones that need sharpening), stickers to put on the paper, too. Even as teens, they always enjoyed making their own treasure bag. As infant and toddler, they enjoyed the surprises. They also enjoyed singing, and we'd sing, softly of course, silly songs. You really want to make this an enjoyable event so the next time isn't tortuous for all. Good luck and enjoy your trip!!
Tamela - posted on 11/07/2009
I flew with my 5 month old and the two things that saved me were: A bottle and a pasifier. Make sure( even if sleeping) that you have them sucking, both assending and desending. Also slightly, gently pulling down on the lobes. This pulling will help the pressure in the ear to release.
Pamela - posted on 11/07/2009
The first time I flew with my son (Short and long distance), he was only 2 weeks old and I had no problem at all. Just make sure that you feed your baby on take off and landing (liquid is the best for this because it is a lot of swallowing). This means that the action of swallowing equalises the pressure on the ear drums and will not cause any pain or discomfort. I found it easy to tell when my son needed a little more as he started to make a face. As soon as he started to drink and was swallowing he was just fine.
Good Luck with the flight. I am sure you will be fine.
From Pam in Zimbabwe
Cassie - posted on 11/06/2009
i have a 4 and 2 year old who have already flown several times since they were born. I never gave them anything because they doctor told us that when we were taking off and landing when the baby got really fussy to just hold their nose and mouth for a few seconds and after that they were perfectly fine the entire time. and when mine were that young they usualy slept through the flights. but definately snacks and if he or she drinks juice, I would bring a cup of some. As long as the drink your bringing is for a child they will let you take it through security.
Danielle - posted on 11/06/2009
My daughter is now 12 but when I used to fly with her as a baby we used to use (via GP recommendation) baby paracetamol half hour before plane leaves, give them a rusk or something to chew on to equalise the ears, and get disposable ear plugs and break off small portion to put in their ears. Trust me - it's all worth it to stop the screaming when their ears start hurting!!
Nicole - posted on 11/06/2009
I just flew with my 10 month old and let me tell you, he was rotten! I don't know how mobile your baby is, but my son doesn't like to sit still so he was all over the place! Luckily no one sat next to us. I gave him his paci to suck on, but he wasn't interested in it. He didn't seem to be bothered by the changing pressure. Just bring snacks, I don't recommend trying to feed your baby baby food on the plane, too messy! And maybe some new toys just for the plane. I got these little blocks that have things to mess with on them, of course he thought it was more fun to throw them! And don't expect anyone to help you at the airport either. You would think people would see a mother struggling to fold up a stroller and hold a squirmy baby that they would offer you a hand but nope! I have to fly back home with him in 2 weeks, can't wait! :P
Becky - posted on 11/06/2009
Try to get a bulkhead seat, preferrably on the aisle side (makes stowing your bag overhead easier when you need to). Usually there is better leg room, you can keep your diaper bag at your feet instead of under the seat, no seats in front of you so no one reclining into your space. All this makes for better "wiggle" room! Anything that will relieve ear pain is great . . . I'd check with my doc about what to use. If baby screams . . . try to stay relaxed. Flights don't last forever . . . the dang thing will land eventually! :) Don't worry about the other passenger's discomfort. Remember . . . they were either parents, or at least babies :) themselves once!! Have a great flight!
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