flying with a newborn, what to pack and bring?
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Jen - posted on 08/19/2009
My daughter was 9 months old when we flew. I made sure to have an unopened can of formula in her diaper bag just in case. Then I had double the amount of diapers I would normally pack and a travel pack of wipes. I had 2 baby bottles filled with water, one already mixed, and 2 bottles of filtered water. I also had a formula separator thing that could hold 4 bottles worth of formula. We also had one sippy cup of juice which security checked at the gate. The only other thing in the diaper bag was 2 changes of clothes and a snack container. We chose to buy her a seat so that she could ride in her seat, but if you're traveling with a little baby then it's not necessary. I didn't want the hassle of a stroller in the airport or having to deal with checking it at the gate, so my daughter rode in a baby backpack. She couldn't have been happier. For the plane ride itself, just keep the baby sucking. Whether that be by nursing, bottle feeding, or a paci, keep them sucking. My daughter snacked on cereal puffs on our flights. Good luck.
Tiffany - posted on 08/19/2009
I flew with my son down to Florida, by myself no less, when he was 6 months old. I fed him about a half an hour before take off so he would not get hungry on the plane. I also kept him up until take off so he would be ready for a nap when we were in the air. He slept the whole way. I checked his stroller to meet me at the gate, made things ten times easier. Don't do what I did when it comes to your checked bags though. I OVER packed massively. Just bring 3 warm outfits and 3 cooler outfits, 2 blankets, food, diapers, and bath stuff. I would've brought the kitchen sink if I could of, and I used about 1/8th of the things I packed. If you have a playpen you can check that as 1 of your bags and it was wonderful to have for him to sleep in. I suggest if he's never slept in it, to put him down for his naps in it for 2 days before you go so he's used to it and it's more familiar to him. Good luck don't freak out and HAVE FUN when you get there.
Heather - posted on 08/19/2009
I've flown with my son (starting when he was 4 months old) by myself a few times. A stroller was a life saver while being in the airport...it gave my son a comfortable place to sit or lay down and play, while we waited to board the plane. And it carried all of my carry on luggage, very helpful! Take some toys, and a blanket...but I wouldn't over-do-it on the baby non-necessities...because planes are getting smaller and smaller...you're going to want all the room you can get!
And like Shareka said...definitely pack your patience...it gets extremely overwhelming when you can't move for hours....and you have a screaming baby on your lap.
And I also suggest to feed him/her as you are taking off....the pressure can sometimes bother their ears, making them uncomfortable.
Good Luck!! :)
Make sure you have LOTS of extra essentials (wipes, diapers, formula, etc.) in your carry-on. I got stuck in Atlanta for 14 hours when my son was 4 months old, and only had 2 diapers and enough formula for 1 bottle! Yikes! Also, a tip for tiny ears and the air pressure that can hurt them: bring a pacifier, or hold off on feeding the baby until takeoff/landing. The sucking can help pop their ears and relieve the pressure.
Amanda - posted on 08/19/2009
i travelled with my daughter first when she was 3 months old. it was a 4 hr flight, but of course, over her regular meal-times... we had a carry on diaper bag (back-pack style is nice coz u don't get caught on the seats walking down the tiny aisles) with the essentials, diapers, food etc. she was breastfeeding & taking the bottle at the time, so i had bottles with water ready & the powder pre-portioned out for speed & ease to make one if i needed it. when i got on the plane, i tucked a little thing of wipes, one diaper, a bottle & a little thing of formula in the pocket of the seat, so that i wouldnt have to get up & down & hunt for things if i needed it. (I don't suggest putting anything under the seat infront of you if ur travelling alone, you'll never be able to reach it with babe on ur lap) i found that an aisle seat is easiest, but the window seat is more comfortable (especially if ur breastfeeding, you can just pin a blanket up & no one can see u but the birds if ur self-conscious). and yes, the bottle during ascent & descent is a life-saver, my baby slept thru the whole landing because i was feeding her, i think) If bringing your stroller to the gate is an option, take it!! Also, dress baby in layers. Its always cold on the plane & could be hotter or colder when u get to your destination...
Kylee - posted on 08/19/2009
my first time flying with a child he was 6 weeks old and we were moving to nc from il it wasnt bad the carseet got stuck on the plain but stroler at the gate is a good idea and feeding at takeoff was helpfull he slept the entire flight do not over pack you realy wont need to chang the baby in flight you wont have room any way but as soon as you get off the plane u may want to. it can get cold in the air or it did for me so yes blanket is good if you can brake the feeding in to 2 parts takeoff and landing oh and i hope you did not want it to be a quiet ride unless you are lucky with a quiet baby lol
Shareka - posted on 08/19/2009
besides the obvious...diapers, wipes, bottles, etc....a favorite blanket and or toy.....i strongly advise taking a stroller.....much easier when trying to carry luggage.....and most importantly......make sure to pack your patience......
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