Flying with baby

Erica - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am planning a trip to Chicago (about a 4 hour plane ride) in a couple of months, my daughter will be about 10 months old. I am getting super anxious about it. I have never flown with her before, let alone flown ALONE with her. Can anyone give me some good tips to help ease my mind? Did anyone take their carseat on the plane with them? I am pretty tall and I have a hard time with just me sitting in the seat for that long. I can't imagine having a baby on my lap for that long but I can't decide if it's worth the extra money to buy my daughter her own seat. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)

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Bethanie - posted on 02/23/2010

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Since you child is 10 months, I would say have them sit in your lap. Will you be able to cart the carseat, stroller, carry-on bag easily by yourself? I've taken 3 trips with my son, alone, the last 6 months. His first trip, he was 14 months and I decided to have him in my lap...that was a nightmare! The subsequent trips, he got his own seat. I didn't lug the carseat though, I bought one of these: http://www.kidsflysafe.com/

The link is more for your future reference since your child probaby doesn't meet the size requirements for this yet. Also, a dvd player or small portable laptop to watch movies, plenty of water/milk and snacks, small toys or a favorite stuffed animal should help! Just allow yourself plenty of time through security because that is the biggest headache of the whole process! Dress your child in layers so you don't have to bring extra clothes, depending on the weather conditions on where you are going.

Erica - posted on 02/23/2010

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Wow, almost 3 hours sitting in a not moving plane...that is what I'm scared of! Thanks for the tips Angela!

Angela - posted on 02/23/2010

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when my daughter was 10 months i took her to arizona on a plane it was about 3 hours. i would say dont take a carseat cause you will be holding them most of the time anyways why waste the money. for take off and landing when your ears pop make sure you have a binkie or bottle ready it helps with the popping. and if you or baby gets uncomfortable walk up and down the isles baby will love it and you can stretch your legs, plus baby gets wore out. but be prepared cause we got stuck sitting on the hot plane not being able to fly cause the window had a crack in it and they had to replace it. 2 hours and 45 mins with a hot crying baby makes everyone upset. she was wearing warm clothes cause we were going back to the cold and i didnt pack any thing extra no onsies or anything so consider that and extra diapers and snacks and formula.

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