Traveling with a newborn baby

Lisa - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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When my baby is 10 weeks old we are planning a trip via airplane, 1 layover - looking for advise, tips, need to know stuff. Please help

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Brianna - posted on 09/08/2011

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make sure when the plan is taking off and landing ur either nursing, give him a bottle, or he at least has a pasifierin the mouth this will help keep him ears from popping which can be painful exspecially for babys.

Tarah - posted on 02/26/2010

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When I traveled for the first time with my son he was about the same age. Two really important things that i remember were make sure they are swallowing for take off and for landing. it helps the ears. other thing is try to see if there will be an empty seat.. at that age you dont have to pay for the seat but if it is going to be empty have your husband on one side and you on the other. give a little bit of meds it helps because it will make the baby tired as well. Another tip.. try to keep your baby awake as long as possible before the flight so that your baby will want to nap...

Other tips take some of the toys and put them in your carry on bag so that if the baby wants to stay up for some reason there will be things to play with.

My son is a great travler and has been on several major flights now and he does well with the layovers as well since he is now able to walk i hold his hand and let him walk the aisle once ortwice if the flight is long.. something like that but you just holding your baby might be nice for your chld as well... hope this helps.

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Depending on how long your flight is - you may want to request bulkhead seating - you have more leg room there and you can also request a crib - it's a bassinet that hangs on the wall in front of you and will give your arms a break and your baby a place to lay down. Having them suck on something on the take of and landing is a must. You'll be fine - and often the attendants are more than happy to assist you - some will even have baby food upon request - so just check with your airline and be clear on what they will offer and how they can help. (we flew really long flights from the US to India with our little one!) Happy Travels!

Kate - posted on 02/25/2010

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I travelled with a 4 month old from Australia to the UK - long haul! Definitely feed on take off and landing. My GP told me to also give them a dose of infant paracetamol about an hour before take off, it just chills them out and worked a treat.Take a few toys that interest them too that you can switch around. If it is a long flight, book an infant bassinet. Take enough nappies plus a couple of extra - just in case, and at least one outfit change. We had great flights - no dramas.

Cassandra - posted on 02/25/2010

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I traveled with my baby when she was four days old! She did fine!!!! Bring plenty of entertainment, food and drink. She just took a bottle on take off and landing and really just slept the whole ride

Mandy - posted on 02/25/2010

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I travelled with my baby at 12 weeks. My paedatrician advised me to just keep him sucking on the breast on take off and landing if he was awake. Obviously if he's a bottle babe, the same rule would apply. The sucking helps their ears apparently, so even if babe is not hungry try to encourage sucking on a dummy or thumb or anything. I found it very helpful and I was an extremely nervous Mum.

Kelly - posted on 02/25/2010

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10 weeks - relax. You'll be fine! Totally portable at that age. I forgot nappies on my first flight w/ my bubs when she was 6 weeks old! If you're breast feeding, you;ll have all feeding stuff attached, so that's easy.

If bottle, then if you can, bring a flask/thermos of hot water, then get the cold from the flight attendants. THat way, when it's time to eat, there's minimal waiting (and crying!) also, have your formula portioned in little baggies so you only have to pour it in and shake, not measure on the plane or at the airport...

I'm from the U.S and my hubbie is from Australia, so we're seasoned! Hope that helps...

Tamara - posted on 02/24/2010

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I agree with offering a bottle or pacifier on take off and landing. I flew with our son when he was 6wks. At first I was alittle upset that they seated me in the back of the plane but I think it actually worked to my advantage. He slept all but the last 20mins I think because of the loud humming of the engines. Maybe try to sit toward the back.

Cecilia - posted on 02/24/2010

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actually 10 weeks is a great age to travel ... a bottle or breast fixes anything!! The other moms are right about take off and landing ... if that doesn't work, an old airline trick: wet cotton pads with warm water, place in plastic cup and put over their ears ... really! also, you might want to order their airline issued cribs .. they're actually great till 4-6 months. stay calm ... nobody minds babies THAT young .. it's crying 2 and 3 year olds that you get dirty looks about!

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Packing for a baby is never-ending. I try to take only the essentials, but the essentials seem to be everything. Seeing your baby is only 10 weeks old, you are probably using the carrier. Bring the stroller up to the plane, the aircraft workers will put it away for you and it will be ready for you when you get off. So helpful, you don't want to be carrying a baby through the airport along with your bags. When my daughter was 8 months old, she was using bottles. I was using the liquid formula but switched to powder to make it easier (no refrigeration needed). Just carried bottles with the amount of water needed, then put in the powder when it was time to feed her. Breastfeeding is the most convenient though. I always pack the amount of diapers I think I need then add 5 more. Keep a change of clothes for the baby (and you) in your carry-on. At 10 weeks all the baby needs is you, bring a favorite toy. Don't keep your baby in the carrier at all times, bring them out and play with them during the layover and whatnot. Moving their body and stretching is good. Just keep to your schedule as much as you can and hope everything goes well for you.

Ambrosia - posted on 02/24/2010

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Oh yeah, I also covered her with a light receiving blanket almost the whole trip, because I was paranoid she'd get sick. She didn't, but bring some hand sanitizer for yourself too!

Ambrosia - posted on 02/24/2010

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I took my daughter across the country for a wedding when she was that age and the greatest thing for the airport was having her in the baby bjorn carrier. She basically slept through all of my airport stops b/c she was close to my body and warm. The airport lets you check a stroller and a car seat for free if you want to, so take advantage of it and just try to travel with as few extras as possible. It was also great to have my hands available and know she was attached to me at all times. Going through security they made me do the extra check (which took about 5-10 min longer), but they didn't make me take the carrier off.

I also breast fed, so I just took a change of clothes, pacifier, travel changing pad, diapers and an extra blanket for her. Just remember, planes can be chilly, so make sure you think about keeping your little one snug.

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2010

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Some car rental places also rent car seats! That would be something else, on top of the other 10 million things, to look into!!

Heidi - posted on 02/23/2010

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The only advice I can really give you is be prepared. Make sure you have all the formula, diapers, clothes and toys you need in your carry on bag. My son traveled when he was 6 months and it wasn't too bad. Also, if I'm not mistaken you need to take the care seat with you if you are renting a car after the plane ride.

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2010

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I flew when my daughter was 4 months and 6 months old. The first time she slept the whole time, even threw take off and landing. She did wake up for a little bit, and talked to someone sitting across from us. The second flight she was awake the whole time, and we had a lay-over for about an hour. Take off and landing didn't bother her but she did start to fuss half way through the first part. Most of the people around us were fine with it, but the man behind me got very upset. You just have to remind yourself that babies fuss, and sometimes there's nothing you can do about it. Make sure you check the airlines website about bottles and things like that. Each airline is different. Some don't count a diaper bag as a carry on. My daughter was on formula, but I couldn't get the bottles through while they had stuff in them. So I just took a can of formula, and bought a water bottle once I got past security. Also make sure when you have your lay-over to let your baby crawl around. I know it's dirty, but they get cramped up just like you do!

Kristin - posted on 02/23/2010

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EVERY time I travel, I use the bottles with disposable liners, that way Kailyn always has a clean bottle :)

Serena - posted on 02/23/2010

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Bottles and pacis are the best thing at that age. We recently went on a trip to hawaii which was 5 1/2 hours, he slept for a decent part of it, but the main thing to remember is to have a bottle when going up and coming down. It will be a long flight for baby ears that won't pop. Also, they have eased up on the TSA guidelines (still check out their website) but you can bring bottles with water and more than 3 oz of formula you just have to declare it at the gate. Maybe a toy or two will help.

We also learned as much as possible get the back of the plane. That way you have easy access to the bathroom for diaper changes and room to walk around if need be without getting in everyone's way.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.

Iridescent - posted on 02/23/2010

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Sucking during takeoff and landing is a good thing; offer a bottle or pacifier during these times, or breastfeed. It helps open up the ear canal so the pressure change doesn't cause pain.

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