Baby's 1st airplane trip

BJ - posted on 09/11/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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We are taking our son who will be 3 months at the time to California. It's going to be our first airplane ride and I'm nervous(like every new mom). Any advice to make is as smooth as possible....

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JESSICA - posted on 09/11/2009

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I always request a window seat (because you can get more comfortable next to the window) in a row with an extra seat available. I had so much anxiety before my first flight! She was 3 months and I flew from NC to AZ non Stop! She slept the entire time! Some children have the opisite reaction to benadryl. Make sure it doesnt make your baby hyper/cranky if you plan to give it to her before the flight... If you have a layover get one of those cheap $10 strollers to use. It helps you carry your baby, diaper bag and purse. It was the best advice I got! esp since I had 25 min to get to my next flight across the airport! (She was 6 mo during this trip, and much heavier!) Good Luck!!!

Kimberly - posted on 09/11/2009

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Ask for an iasle with an extra seat open in the row (if possible) Then you can bring your carseat with you. It definately made my trip much easier!

Lorraine - posted on 09/11/2009

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Just make sure that you feed him during takeoff to pop those ears and maybe to even get him to sleep. My girl did just fine, she was 2 1/2 months at the time going to cali as well and she slept the whole way. Just make sure you get to the airport early. Last thing you would want to do is run through a terminal with a baby while your late for the plane. Do you know how much you are taking with you? Is someone gonna help carry anything?

Lauren - posted on 09/11/2009

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I live far away from my family and have traveled with my daughter when she was 3 months and I here again and she is 6 months, I nurse also and do so on take off and landing seems to work. If your bottle feeding they will have hot water and help you make bottles, take advantage of the preboarding you can get on and settled before everyone. soothers and toys help if they are awake. Lexi even watched tv on the little screen in the seat. hope all goes well for you

Andrea - posted on 09/11/2009

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just make sure that u nurse or give a bottle at take off and at landing. just remember if your ears hurt your sons ears hurt too. and who cares about anyone else if he cries he cries dont get stressed ok hun. cuz u know if you're stressed the baby feels it too

Nicole - posted on 09/11/2009

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We just got back from our first plane trip last week and Chase did awesome! He was 6 1/2 months. I made sure he was sucking a bottle on the way up and down....and I pre-medicated with some Tylenol an hour before the flight. He took the bottle, played, napped, then I woke him up for the decent to take the bottle again. Everyone was so helpful because I was traveling by myself. If you don't buy a seat make sure you bring a birth certificate to verify age and they will check your car seat and stroller at the gate. If the flight isn't full they will most likely let you bring the car seat on. I had a wondwerful experience for his first flight and I hope you do, too!

Kristi - posted on 09/11/2009

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I think that you are probably more nervous than necessary...(I did the same thing). Took my Son from CT to FL when he was 3 months, and he was perfect, give him a bottle at take off, and maybe landing as well, and he should be fine. Most people are understanding about having babies on board. Hope this helps, have a good vacation!

Andrea - posted on 09/11/2009

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I traveled with my son who was 4 months old at the time and my doctor told me to give him a minimal amount of benadryl ( he had prior ear infections, so she was worried about his ears) and to feed him a bottle while assending and desending to help with ear pressure. On the way there i gave him the benadryl, he slept the whole way. On the way back I did not give him the benadryl and he still managed really well but awake this time. Good Luck, hope the trip goes well!

Hansy - posted on 09/11/2009

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Just to nurse your baby and don't worry about the looks, if he likes pacifiers that would help to. I traveled with my baby when he was 3 months old. Babies are usually good travelers, once they become toddlers, that's when the craziness starts. Don't worry, I am sure everything will go smoothly.

Melanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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My daughters was 7 months for her first plane ride. She slept the whole time! it was a four hr flight then an hour layover and another two hours. she had a few snacks, I nursed with a blanket and then she slept! I think at three months, baby should still be pretty sleepy so pump a bottle or take some formula. (I nursed) I think the swallowing helped with any ear discomfort. baby should do just fine.

Karen - posted on 09/11/2009

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Both my children have been on airplanes as babies. And I think one of the most important things is to make sure he has a pacifier. Something to suck on so his ears won't pop. Also I think tending to his needs as much as possible and not to worry too much about schedules. Hope you have a smooth trip! :)

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