flying with babies

Krista - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am flying cross Atlantic with my baby in two weeks and was wondering if someone could give me helpfull hints on flying with lil' ones... any suggestions, tipps, heads up and ideas welcome!

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Kristen - posted on 07/28/2009

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An add on - As far as day or night flying i've done both and Kilik was awake for the majority of all the flights and seemed to do better during the day flights. It was also just Kilik an I for all but 2 of the flights. That makes it a bit more complicated,I think alot of it depends on your baby. I never really thought about getting family/friends to buy other things for when we got there i just brought it all. Be safe everyone!

Kristen - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son Kilik will be 9 months on 12aug09 and has flown 8 times soon to be 9. The first being at 3 1/2 months.
In his diaper bag i put the following: 1 box of wipes, 4 or 5 diapers (depending on how long the flight is)
*1-8oz bottle of flormula,
*1-closed ready-made bottle of formula
*1-6 oz bottle oz juice and/or water.
*Every opened liquid will have to get it checked.
*Changing pad or something to put under them if it's a dirty diaper and you have to change them in the bathroom. I always changed the pee diapers on my lap, more convenient(sp?) less hassle, and about the same amount of space as the bathroom.
*Recieving blanket/burp rag (something to put over the buckle- gets cold and Kilik got his toe pinched on it while he was sleeping)
*Hook a few links on the strap of his diaper bag, and 1-2 small quiet toys.
I'd also get at least a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer/baby tylonel/ whatever else your child needs. All put into a ziplock bag.
Try your best to schedule their feedings for take off and landing to help with their ears. Try and get a window seat (Kilik loves looking out at he clouds) If you think they might get sick or something you could always try some baby tylonel.
Call the airlines and ask specifically if a stroller/carseat is counted as one. I asked about the carseat and its fine and when we got there they said i could've brought his stroller and it would've still been free to put under the plane. That is definatly something that will make it easier getting around! I can't think of anything else right off hand, if i do i'll be sure to let ya'll know. I hope this helps a least a little bit. Ya'll be safe!

Kayleigh - posted on 07/28/2009

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Hi my baby was 6months when we took her on a 4hour 20min jurney from uk to canary islands. I suggest feeding them a bottleor juice during take of to prevent there ears from popping this is very important as they can get an ear infection from the pressure. Also little toys, books etc to keep them occupied as it can get stressful, boring etc for them, the toilets in planes are very small and do not have baby changing so i took a changing mat and changed her on my knee helped a lot with space etc but ask cabin crew if this is ok as people may complain!! Also a fluffy blanket for sleeping as planes are noisy and scary for 1st time so a blanket kinda comforts them. Hope I helped

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I have flown 4 times with my baby at 6 and 7 months and a few things that I would suggest is check all bags except your baby bag (put your wallet and phone in the baby bag so you are not carrying an extra bag) with snacks if they are old enough and a bottle or wrap if you breastfeed. Small toys that don't make a lot of noise so you don't bother the other passengers but can entertain your baby. Right before you take off I would give your baby a bottle or start to breastfeed so they are not concerned with the noise and if their ears need to pop they are swallowing which will help with that (if your ears are popping assume your babies are as well). Consider what time your flight is, I was able to fly during my babies nap time and she slept the entire flight, but that might not work for every baby. If you are flying solo with the baby be prepared for the security line, you will have to fold up the stroller and hold your child at the same time to go through and don't forget shoes that are easy to take on and off, don't wear a belt because that will have to come off and go back on. I did not use the gate check for my stroller and the hardest thing was carrying her and the bag from the gate to baggage claim. Oh yeah, and on the plane consider where you sit. Sitting in the outside seat is good if you foresee trips to the bathroom and also in case you need to walk some to calm your baby. Also check which bathrooms have a baby change area, some only have them in the front of the plane. Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2009

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I flew with my 6mos baby, not across the ocean tho, but I just made sure that as soon as we started taking off to stick a bottle in her mouth to help with the pressure changes & she slept almost the whole entire way. She woke up & I just stuck another bottle in her to make the flight more enjoyable for her, myself & the rest of the people. Good luck to you!

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Krista - posted on 07/28/2009

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Thanks for all the helpful hints so far - I have 8 days before I fly and I am looking fwd to more suggestions! thanks!

Chrystal - posted on 07/28/2009

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I just flew to Iowa then back home to North Carolina. Flying at night is easier. To help with the take off and landing let the baby suck on a bottle. It will help with the ears popping. That was a big help for me. My son is 5 months and did not like the pressure in the ears.

When you pack your diaper bag think light. Just enough for your flight. Don't put your big bulky wipe container in the bag. The liner bottles work best on the air plains. You will want the little diaper trash bags. They sell them at Wal Mart in the baby section.

I found that putting Baby in a sleeper to travel nice. You dont worry about baby being to cool on the plain.A stroller is always night for in the air ports if you have a lay over.

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2009

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I flew from Virginia to Florida when my son was almost 3 months old. It's a relatively short flight, an hour here, a short layover, then another 2 hours. Defininantly better than a 16 hour drive! Anyway, if you can, fly at night so they'll sleep the whole time. We flew at night on the way there and he slept the whole time, he was a little angel. On the way back though, it was in the daytime and he was horrible! He decided to poop just as we got settled, and of course it leaked and he had to be completely changed. He did this 3 times on the way home! Then he fussed when I had him, I guess he wanted Daddy. So fly at night if you can. As for packing, we just had a big diaper for carry on and gate checked his infant carrier/carseat. If you can, I would suggest just checking the carseat and getting an umbrella stroller to push them around the airport. My son wasn't old enough for one at the time but next time we fly he'll defininantly be in one! Even better, if you're flying back home to see family or something, have them get most of the baby stuff you'll need while you're there. We went to my mom's house and she got everything for my son from friends and family to use while we were there. But the biggest tip I can give you is fly at night! Good luck and I hope you all have safe trips!

Jemima - posted on 07/28/2009

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I'm flying with my 8 month old in a few weeks so will also take any suggestions anyone has on how to make it an easier journey and how to be able to pack light!! Thanks for starting the conversation and hope your journey goes well Krista!

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