traveling with my 5 mos old. Any suggestions to make travel easier?

Bridget - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am traveling to Boston with my 5 month old son in a few weeks (my mom is going too). Just wondering if anyone has advice on flying with a baby and/or if i should bother with a stroller. We have a travel system, but its not the best stroller to fly with.

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Hillary - posted on 01/14/2012

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At that age it's really nice because you can stroll right up to the plane and the flight attendant takes the stroller for you and has it ready when you get off which is SO continent. Trust me between the diaper bag and luggage u will be so glad you brought one. I would however suggest that you purchase a travel size one bc it's easier to fold up and doesn't take up as much room ($20 at Walmart) Other than that just make sure you have a couple of bottles and spare pacifiers bc they are soo easy to lose traveling. It should be smooth sailing after that. Enjoy the sleeping age..my 2 year old wont stay still in a plane then you have a whole new set of problems :) safe travels

Stephanie - posted on 03/12/2010

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I live in Japan and I flew back and forth with a 4 month old last year! nursing on the way up and down helps the baby's ears, and you should be able to check your stroller at the gate when you board the plane!

Christina - posted on 03/10/2010

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I flew up to MD from FL with my daughter when she was just over 4 months. The best way to do it in my opinion is to plan the flights around naptime. She slept for the 2 hour duration and it was wonderful. Our flight back was not as enjoyable as the time frame was during her awake time. Just as we got settled into our seats right before take off I had a nasty surprise in her diaper. Changing a diaper in the tiny bathroom isn't as bad as you think but the other travelers are not forgiving when they have to wait even 5 minutes for you to get back to your seat for takeoff. lol Don't forget your pacifiers!

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The less "stuff" you have to deal with while boarding and exiting the plane, the easier.

Trying to collapse a stroller at the gate, while holding a baby, or putting it through the security machines- way way too much work. If you do decide to take a stroller, I'd recommend to check it with your luggage.

Take a carrier (you can use them inflight on most airlines now) and a diaperbag and whatever food you need. The less you have, the easier it is.

Also, many airlines have a "sky-cot" or bassinette that clips in at the bulkhead. Call ahead and see if you can reserve that seat. Even if your baby won't sleep in the basinette, it's nice to have the extra room.

Definitely a pacifier (or nurse, if the airline will let you) during take off and landing.

I've flown with my 1 year old 6 times, and each time I take less and less.

Good luck - have a good trip!

Cassandra - posted on 03/09/2010

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Some doctors recommended to give the baby some baby Tylenol before leaving to help the baby with the pressure...i took my daughter to new york from california at 4 months old. She did great. Never cried just smiled and looked around. She is a well mannered baby so i guess it depends

Danielle - posted on 03/09/2010

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I flew with my son a lot his first couple of years. I always tried to fly during nap time or after bedtime. He often slept gate to gate. I agree about gate checking the car seat as they will let you bring it on if there is an extra seat available. I would not have traveled without an umbrella stroller and if you're careful you can hook you luggage to it while walking. Breastfeeding on the plane was never an issue for me. Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 03/08/2010

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I flew with my daughter when she was almost 4 months old, I was by myself just me and her going to see my husband. I did not take a stroller, I used the front carrier, it was much easier than worrying about the stroller. Make sure you have some toys to keep baby entertained. Even if it's not the normal feeding time, have a bottle ready for take-off and landing, it helps with the ears. And even keep some tylenol on you, I gave her some before the first flight just because I wasn't sure how she would react, and she was fine, I didn't end up using it on the way home. My daughter was an angel on the plane, she sat and looked around and played the whole time, it was great. Every baby is different though, so just be prepared!

Becca - posted on 03/08/2010

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I flew over christmas with my 5month old and got delayed. I'd make sure you bring a blanket and some small toys that you can put down for him to play with while you wait. Also, don't bother with a stroller, bring your carseat and ask them to gate check it for you. You'll have to ask but if there is extra space they will give your child his own seat and he's safer that way. What we found was that we just got an extra baggage cart and put our son's car seat on that instead of using a stroller.

Bridget - posted on 03/08/2010

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Thanks for the info. I should check to see about breastfeeding on airlines as well. I assume this is fine and if anyone has a problem with it, well they can suck it (haha no pun intended there). I am wondering about a stroller since Boston is a very friendly walking city.

Erin - posted on 03/08/2010

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When our eldest was almost 4 months old, my husband and I flew back to my home for Christmas. We didn't bother with a stroller as we could take turns holding him. We had one landing where he didn't want to nurse or suck on his pacifier until he discovered it helped his ears. When we returned home, we had no problems with his ears as he wanted to suck (feed or use pacifier) because he had learned. The FAA has a website that lists all the items that are banned, controlled, or simply fine to have with you when you are flying. I can't remember the website's address, but I found it to be a great tool.

Ashley - posted on 03/08/2010

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we are flying with our 6 month old son in 1 week.... we bought an umbrella stroller for the airport and the doc said best advice for take off and landing was to make sure he had something to suck on a bottle or a pacifier so his ears would pop. she said babies cry on planes cuz of the pressuee build up in there ears. hope it helps a little... o and btw for formula we bought the ready mixed ones in the cans... airlines said we could.

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