How soon can you take babies on a plane? I want to try to plan a trip to see my grandma after my baby is born, but not sure what time frame to plan for.

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I want to try to plan a trip to see my grandma after my baby is born, but not sure what time frame to plan for. We would have to fly from Milwaukee to San Fansisco.

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Emily - posted on 04/29/2009

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We took our son on the plane at about 7 weeks. It was only from Adelaide to Qld but it was a good flight and everything went well. We fed him on the way up and when landing so he would pop his ears while sucking and not cause any pain. They fly free and have 20kg of free bulky goods eg. car seat, pram, portacot... it really is great fun, our little one was on the bottle and we went fine packing everything we needed...

Have fun!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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We took our baby who was 6 months old on a flight. All that our dr said was make sure your baby is sucking on a pacifier or a bottle during take off and landing to keep ears from popping. Also tylenol helps.

Ally - posted on 04/28/2009

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Most doctors will tell you to wait until they have had their first full round of immunizations which happens at two months and that is at the very least. Many more will recommend waiting even longer. Airplanes are one of the best ways for people to get sick. I personally would not take my child on an airplane that young... my daughter is 13 months old and we will be taking our first trip this summer when she will be about 17 months old. Their immune systems are so fragile at a young age so why risk it..especially now with the recent reports of the swine flu coming in via air transportation in non contiguous states throughout the country. That would be a risk I would be unwilling to take..but maybe im just overprotective since I am a nurse and I get to see all the nasty stuff that is out there!

Cassie - posted on 04/28/2009

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My pediatrician told me it was ok to fly at two weeks. I took my daughter from Ohio to Texes when she was four weeks. She slept the entire time with no issues. :)

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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Just call your gp, they'll let you know :) or evn call the flight center for the airline your going to travel with, they'll be able to tell you about seating requirements and things for the flight :)

Stacie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I took my now 2 yr old daughter on her first plane trip to visit family interstate at the age of 7 weeks. I just made sure I had a bottle on hand and a soother to help her ears through out the flight. I had no problems with her on the plane which was great. As Corrine has replied make sure that you have a fresh nappy on them before boarding.

Good luck with it all.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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i would wait until after baby is born and then try to plan, or is your grandma able to travel to see you? babies take a lot of packing, we went to my sister in law's wedding 5 weeks after baby was born, it was hell! so much stuff to pack!

where will baby sleep, do you need to buy a travel cot? what if you have trouble feeding, we couldn't establish a latch and so we had to pack bottles, steriliser, formula...

you'll need nappies, clothes, change of clothes, bathing equipment and toiletries, blankets, towels, plus all of your stuff!



i'd wait until baby is born, make sure there are no problems before planning to go anywhere. if chloe wasn't early, we wouldnt have made the wedding coz we'd still be in hospital fighting jaundice. mand x

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My son was born Dec 14 2007, we went on his first plane ride around Jan 15 2008. I just made sure he had ALL his required immunizations because the air on a cabin is just re-circulated and didnt want him getting sick. Feeding them a bottle during take off and landing will help their ears pop and keep them from being uncomfortable. He slept the whole way there and back. Make sure you change their diaper right before you get on the plane, those tiny cramped bathrooms on a plane are a nightmare to try and change them. Good luck!

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