Hi Everyone~I have a question...please help!

Kristal - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach in May. I want to fly but he doesn't twant too. Our daughter is 7 1/2 months old & he thinks the pressure on landing will hurt her ears so he wants to drive.

Question: At what age is it OK to fly with your baby?

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Jolene - posted on 03/19/2009

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We flew with our son when he was 3 weeks old. We flew from Michigan to Florida and the only problem we had was that we had to hold his head on take off and landing. He had no issues with his ears... as a matter of fact, he slept through the whole flight except when he was hungry :) We sort of didn't have a choice as we were flying to my husband's grandma's funeral.



Maybe you and your husband could talk to your pediatrician about it? If the OK comes from the doc, then maybe your husband would be more comfortable with it.



Good luck and have fun!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/17/2009

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You should be fine - the pressure on landing and take-off is a concern, but you can alleviate that by giving her a bottle, pacifier, or nursing. Just like chewing gum or swallowing helps your ears on take-off and landing, it will help hers too. And, FYI, 7 1/2 months is a great time to fly - at that age, kids are soooo portable, and easy to travel with. It only gets harder the more mobile they get.

Some travel tips: the airlines will let you take the stroller right up to the plane, and then check it at the gate - they will then have it there when you get off.

Also, you can take more formula or breastmilk than you can take other liquids - check with the FAA's website.

A lot of times you can take your daughter's carseat with you to the plane, and if there are extra seats you can use one for her without paying for a seat.(You don't have to pay until she's 2). If there aren't extra seats, they will gate-check the seat just like the stroller.

You will have to put the stroller through the scanner at security, so make sure you've unstrapped her and are ready to go thru the metal detector holding her when you get to it, but most TSA people are more than ready to help you out by bringing the stroller back at the end and helping you reload stuff into it or giving you a clear area to do so.

Good luck and have fun!

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Shelly - posted on 03/19/2009

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We took our first plane trip when our oldest was 7 wks old and as far as the pressure on the ears a pasifier does wonders...It sounds like your hubby is using the baby so he doesn't have to fly.  You need to piont out the cons of flighing...like if your breast feeding you will have to pull over so you can feed b/c you can't have the baby out of the car seat while your moving...and then theres the fact of when the baby neds a diaper change guess what have to pull over...So it will take twice as long as if you were driving with out the baby, so if it's going to  take 15 hrs normally you may as well and another at least 8 to 10 hrs onto that..  So just a little ammo for you to make your case for flying!!! Good Luck and have fun on you trip!!!

Jeanette - posted on 03/19/2009

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We flew with our daughter when she was 2 1/2 months old and didnt have an issue, she slept the whole time which is best.. also flew with my son when he was 2 1/2 months, just like chewing gum for us helps keep our ears from popping, get baby to suck on a soother or bottle.... good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/19/2009

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make sure to have a bottle or paci and you will be okay - have her suck on them while take off and landingand the sucking movemnt will cause her ears to be okay - just like when ours hurt gum is a great preventive while flying.

Jill - posted on 03/19/2009

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I took my youngest on a plane at 5 weeks and she did great! I agree with the others as long as you give her something to drink (sippy cup/bottle) while taking off and landing her ears should be just fine. I say fly, sitting in a car for a long time may result in a child who is bored and cries.

Tracy - posted on 03/19/2009

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When my son was 3 months old we flew from Toronto, Ontario Canada to Vancouver, BC, Canada and then after a 2 hour stop over, flew to Anchorage Alaska.  So he flew 11 hours in a day and he was great! 



Good luck Kristal.

Teresa - posted on 03/19/2009

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Do you breastfeed... because I know with my daughter it helped to nurse her as we were taking off and landing... helped to pop their ears and relieve the pressure :) Good Luck :)

Emily - posted on 03/19/2009

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Yeah, people can be crabby about it but your baby has just as much of a right to be on the plane as they do. When I flew my baby nursed on take off, slept teh whole flight and woke up in time to nurse at landing. No one even would have known she was there considering she was the quietest person on the plane!

Kristal - posted on 03/19/2009

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Thanks so much for everyone's input...I greatly appreciate it!!! Ok so after I posted my question, I kinda asked around on how people felt about babies & flying. I was amazed at how many people thought it was annoying for someone to bring their baby on a plane :O( One person I talked to said she actually asked the flight attendant to change her seat because the person's baby was having such a fit...YIKES!!!

Amie - posted on 03/19/2009

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I flew from Australia to New Zealand (3 1/2hrs) with my son when he was 5 1/2 months old & it didn't seem to bother him, I tried to hold off giving him a bottle so he could suck on it until the altitude stopped effecting my ears. I think it helps me to stop my ears popping if I suck on a lolly or something, so i assumed the same for my baby. Hope this helps but I wouldn't be too worried about taking your little one on a plane :-)

Nanvah - posted on 03/19/2009

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i flew my 11month old girl from Australia to Chicago and she was fine.  I think giving the infant a bottle or a pacifier when taking off and landing definately helps.  We were on the plane for a total of 18hrs and she was fantastic.  Just bring things with you to keep baby occupied.

Leann - posted on 03/17/2009

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I flew from Oklahoma to Las Vegas when my son was just under 5 months. He never cried. I had a pacifier handy, but he never even needed it. Then we drove from Oklahoma to Angel Fire. He slept on the way there, but he cried for the last 4 hours on the way home!!! I totally recommend flying!

Joanna - posted on 03/17/2009

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I flew from MN to VA with my son when he was 5mos old. He didn't cry, (Not necessarily the norm for babies but it was nice.) Our doc said to give him Tylenol about an hour before take off, (Maybe a little under an hour...you never know if you'll leave on time.) Try and plan it so they'll be hungry right about the time of take off so they'll take a bottle, which will help with the pressure. Give them a bottle during landing too.

Bryanna - posted on 03/17/2009

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I flew to New Zealand and Australia when my daughter was 3 months old. I was worried about it but there was another mother of a 5 month old on there and she said they flew when her son was a month!

Jolene - posted on 03/17/2009

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You can fly with a baby at any age. As long as they have a soother or a bottle upon take off and landing she should be fine. Plus in my opnion even if they did have some discomfort in their ears at these times it beats driving all that way with a baby that age!

Kristal - posted on 03/17/2009

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Sorry, I guess I should've stated...I'm flying from Michigan (out of Detroit).

Ashley - posted on 03/17/2009

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i fly from maine to colorado all the time the first time i took my son he was a little under 3 months old and it was fine. just make sure he is going to have his bottle around take off and landing or a pacifire or something to drink any thing that he can suck on that will help his ears pop and he will be fine.

Candice - posted on 03/17/2009

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If you are not going far, then the plane will not fly very high.  Therefore, there won't be as much pressure change and your ears will pop less.   Have a bottle or pacifier for her to suck on while you land.

Karen - posted on 03/17/2009

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Where are you traveling from? Just put a pacifier or bottle in her mouth. The sucking motion will keep the ears from popping. Mom and dad need to chew gum. Stop by Karen's Korner in the Tanger Malls. Karen

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