Tips for taking 2month old on a plane???

Amie - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




Does anyone have any tips for taking a two month old baby on a plane we're going next weekend and i'm a bit nervous that i'll be the person everyone is glaring at with a screaming baby :-(


Meagan - posted on 06/09/2009




This is the BEST time to fly! If you are breastfeeding, just nurse the baby and if your child is anything like mine, he/she will sleep for the whole flight. Don't be nervous. I'm sure that you are going to be surprised at just how easy it actually is.

Goodluck and have a good trip!

Karen - posted on 06/09/2009




I took my daughter on a plane when she was two months old also and was happy to discover that it was easy. When we were getting off a couple in front of us turned around and said they hadn't even realized a baby was there!

I did the same as Crystal and just nursed her at takeoff and landing. Also, my baby often slept in my arms or in a sling - so she easily fell asleep in my arms on the plane.


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Erin - posted on 06/10/2009




I took my son on a plane at 5 month and 8 months....easier when he was younger....just gave him a pacifier to suck on at take off and landing to release the pressure in his ears. Just bring him something to suck on and a clean change of clothes and diapers. Make sure you change him right before you get on the plane and if you can before it lands. It'll be easier than you think I'm sure :) Have a good trip!

Rhiannon - posted on 06/10/2009




I think that everyone has already said the best advice. I flew with my son at 6 weeks and again at 8 months. the later trip was by far harder, as he was mobile. We fed him on ascent and descent, and put off his sleep for the morning until we were on the plane, so he was tired and fell asleep. Most people understamd that babies cry, some are not quite so polite. To anyone who gives you a hard time, tell them the pilot will offer them a parachute for a quick exit, otherwise get over it. Babies cry and they aren't helping the situation by hassling you. Good luck and enjoy your flight!

Roeshana - posted on 06/10/2009




This is the ABSOLUTE best time to fly...especially if you're breastfeeding.

Sarah Tsitsi - posted on 06/10/2009




I wouldn't worry what people think. Most importantly is that you try and relax as your little one will sense any anxiety and that could make him/her nervous too and upset. Also, it is a good idea to have the little one sucking when the plane takes off. I would recommend that you put him/her on your breast/bottle just as you are about to take off. It helps alleviate the pressure in the ears.

Don't forget to hydrate, yourself and the little one as much as you can.

Honestly, don't mind other travellers, they will understand it's not your fault if the baby cries. That's what babies do, they cry!

Hope you have a lovely trip.


Shana - posted on 06/09/2009




The only thing I have to add, is make sure that you have at least one change of clothes and plenty of diapers for on the plane. You should make sure to change him/her as soon as you can get up after take off and then before landing since you will be stuck in the airport at baggage claim for a while. We found this out the hard way when we got to the hotel and I took my daughter out of her carrier she and it were soaked. It is much easier to travel with a little one then once they become mobile.

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I agree with everyone! I took my daughter Savannah from Dubai to Brisbane via Singapore at 6 1/2 weeks old. I breastfed her on both take off and on descent. The trick with the descent is once you feel your ears beginning to equalize, your baby should be sucking as this will help to clear his or her little ears. Also, if you can, ask the airline for a bassinett seat for the baby if it is a long haul flight. Often the bigger airlines will have bassinett aisles, which are in the same row as the exit aisles, but in the middle section. The bassinetts are great as the baby is out of your arms for the majority of the flight and the rocking of the cabin normally lulls them to sleep.

Good luck!

Ali - posted on 06/09/2009




Just make sure she sucks on take off and just before landing, either breastfeeding, bottle or dummy and you'll be fine.

Wendy - posted on 06/09/2009




Dont stress if bub crys, ppl understand! My daughter has flown about 8 times from 3months old to the age of 1. Much easier when they are young! When she was 3months i would try breast feed her going up and then especially when plane would be descending and same now wouold offer her a bottle as we descend. This is to prevent any pain if her ears are to pop. Now that she is older she has refused drinks when i wanted her to but luckily enough she has never had a prob. I have heard some chrn scream b4 but im not sure its that or cause they had to stay in one spot on parents lap till plane is up or finished landing. Also if you are bottle feeding bring plenty of supplies on the plane as well as nappys etc just incase their is a big delay. Also i f bubby doesnt settle which im sure they will be absoloutelfy fine you are aloud to get out of your seat and take them 4 a walk down the isle. It will be just fine!

Crystal - posted on 06/09/2009




I totally agree with Meagan. I took my daughter when she was 5 weeks old, and it was SO much easier than when she was 9 months old!!! She slept through all 4 airplanes (at 5 weeks). I either breastfed or just had her sucking a pacifier on takeoff, one of them neither but she didn't even care. The airplane lulled her to sleep!

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