First time on a plane

Annette - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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In 2 weeks I will be taking my 14 month old on her first plane ride. Does anybody have any suggestions to help me make it though the 3 1/2 hour plane ride? The ride going there will be at night so hopefully she will sleep most of the time, but on the way back it will be in the middle of the day. Also is it better to bring a carseat just incase they have room for her own seat? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. All the stories that I have heard from my friends have been more like horror stories.

Thanks,
Annette

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Annette - posted on 05/23/2009

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Just wanted to update you guys on how our trip went. My daughter was wonderful. The only problem I really had was her getting comfortable enough on the plane to fall asleep. Other than that the flight didn't bother her one bit. I did all that worrying for nothing! Thanks for the tips guys! I won't be afraid to fly with my daughter in the future!!

Annette - posted on 05/07/2009

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We are flying southwest too and that was one of my questions if they had empty seats would they allow her to sit in the carseat. Im hoping since we are on a late flight that there will be empty seats. I can't imagine being on a flight for 3 1/2 hours with her on my lap.Thank you guys so much for your input. I have 1 week left to prepare!

User - posted on 05/06/2009

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I just took a trip with my daughter. Flew with Southwest. They were wonderful. I had a lot of crap!! They had a family line at security point so we could take our time which was nice. I also brought liquid milk, powdered milk and rice cereal just in case. All they did at security was ask me to take the lid off the formula, they held some litmus type paper over the top and told me to screw the lid back on, and that was it. I took a travel stroller b/c it was much smaller than the regular stroller and I took her car seat. I did not buy a seat for her, b/c I figured she would be in my lap for most of the trip anyway. On one of the layovers, I was told that I could bring my carseat on board b/c there were empty seats but I declined b/c the baby has to be next to the window, and I needed an isle seat. Either way I was allowed to bring the stroller to the gate and they gate checked it and it was there for me when we deplaned. My daughter slept the entire trip and on the flight where she was awake she played and laughed. So she did very well. I was told to let them suck on a pacifier or bottle so that their ears aren't affected by the altitude etc.. but it didn't seem to phase her. The only thing I would say... try to pack light (if there is such a thing with a child) I has to much stuff the things I brought was more of a hassle than my baby.

Annette - posted on 05/03/2009

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Now my parents have informed me that we are renting a car when we are there so I am kind of thinking I have to bring her carseat. The car rental places charge you extra per day of renting a car seat and you don't really know what you are getting. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Every little bit helps. My next thing question is does anybody have suggestions for games to keep her busy on the plane? My daughter is into everything that is not actually a toy.

Kirstin - posted on 05/03/2009

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I didnt take a car seat when i have flown, just anutha thng you have to lug around as well as your child.My son loves going on planes. Books and toys to keep her amused will help.

If you need help just ask the hostesses 3 hours aint long my son slept most of the 3 hour flights weve done. Good luck.

Shoshonna - posted on 05/03/2009

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i flew from germany to chicago and he went wild, would not stop screaming the whole 13 hours. then i had two more flight after that. he was fine on the way back though. i had more stuff like food and the stewards helped me alot. would not have made it sane if i did not have their help. dont be shy to ask for help if you need it. most likely it will be offered, at least for me it was. chris was about 13 months. be calm and patient. dont loose your cool if its not a good first plane ride.

have something to drink for your girl on way up and at landing so she can pop her ears.

Ann - posted on 05/02/2009

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I was just on 12 hour flight last week with children that were not in a carseat. Please, please, please bring the seat! If you have a portable dvd player or laptop, bring it. Some parents choose to give their child benadryl or dramamine to encourage their child to rest. You definitely want to give your daughter a drink or pacifier while taking off and landing to help with her ears. Flying can be stressful, not everyone on your plane will be kid person. Try not to let remarks or crappy looks get to you. Anais is right (below) it will be stressful but staying relaxed will help your child stay relaxed too! Good luck and have a safe and successful trip!

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I had a long haul (25hrs) flight he was then 20mths.... i had no issue what so ever, i did give him fernagan i know there are pros and cons but it was fine with him. he slept and played cried once. :) usually the hostess and stewards are great with heating up bottles or need nibblies for them. oh a dummy my son had when talking off and landing so the ears would be ok. good luck and have fun.... most importantly you need to be relaxed about the whole thing :)

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