Has anyone flown with a baby that is 4 mo?

Kathleen - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am traveling from the west coast to the east coast to visit family. I have flown alone but never with an baby. Does anyone have suggestions? I just do not want to be that Mom with the baby that screams the whole time.

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Christin - posted on 03/01/2010

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YES!!! I have three children and I have flown a LOT with all of them. I flew with my oldest for the first time when she was 6 weeks old. I tried to nurse them during take off and landing, but only if they were awake and wanted to nurse. You can offer a bottle too to help with the pressure in the ears. If your child is congested or has a cold, ask the pediatrician if you can give them something for that during the flight to help with the ears.

Some travel tips, if your child uses a pacifier, clip it to their clothes or yours so that it doesn't fall in the floor and roll away. Put your baby bag or "stuff" in the floor under the seat instead of the overhead so that you can get access to it at all times. Try to organize your diaper bag with smaller bags inside so that you can find things easily. For example, put smaller items like extra pacifiers in a zip lock bag. Be prepared that unless you fly on an international flight, there probably will not be a changing table. Be sure to have a changing pad in your bag to change where ever you might have too. When you gate check your stroller, make sure that you do not leave anything in the basket and buckle the straps so that the buckles don't get caught on things and break off (I learned this the hard way).

Relax and enjoy your trip with the baby. Most people love babies and will be willing to lend you a hand if you need it.

Rose - posted on 03/01/2010

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We took our little boy to the Canaries, a 4 hour flight. Didn't hear a peep out of him. Modern planes are very well pressurized in the cabins and you hardly feel the change. As the previous lady said, just give her something to drink while taking off and landing, and I'm sure she'll be just fine. Don't worry about it. Have a great time

Jessica - posted on 03/01/2010

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I took both of my girls when they were that age. I just made sure to nurse them while taking off and landing. They both slept most of the time and it wasn't a huge deal. Good luck!

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