Traveling with baby?

Jimena - posted on 10/21/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'll probably be making a trip on an airplane with my 5 month old, and most likely by myself, to visit my mom's for two or three weeks. Any thoughts on the airplane ride, the airport, and just generaly all the preparations, packing, etc?

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Nikole - posted on 10/22/2010

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My husband and I took an airplane trip when our son was only 6 months old.He did very good.Just make sure the your child is either sucking on his bottle,breastfeeding or sucking on his binky when the airplane takes off and right before it lands.Cause the pressure can cause their ear drums to bust and then you will be dealing with an very upset child and have to go see a doctor about their hearing asap.Hope everything goes good for u and have a safe trip

Janette - posted on 10/22/2010

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Hello Jimena, I have an almost 2 year old and also a 2 month old. My son has traveled overseas two times and my newborn once. I am a seasoned traveler to say the least. I have lived in Israel, Ukraine and the US. Traveling with small children is fun but also a challenge. Like the one lady said, he is small so you shouldn't have problems. I take my stroller but check it in right before boarding. The first time I took a car seat and paid for the extra seat. I don't recommend that but a sling is perfect. They will give you a little seat belt for the baby prior to take off and before you land. Pacifiers are good or the breast if you breastfeed. The bottle with formula does the same thing. Airports are tricky if you have a layover, so go to the bathroom on board the plane if you must. The airport is no fun to do that. As far as on the flight, just sing to the baby, play little games- itsy bitsy spider, this little piggy, etc. Make sure that you have enough diapers and wipes/formula. If you have anymore questions, you can post to my page directly.

Vicki - posted on 10/21/2010

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We had a holiday in Malaysia when my boy was 4 months. It was the best time to travel as he wasn't mobile (he just started to roll while we were away) and wasn't on solids yet. As I was (and still am) breastfeeding we didn't have to take anything to feed him.

I really recommend a sling, it makes airports much easier. Breastfeed or use a dummy on take off and landing to reduce pressure in the ears. Like Mandy said try to have naptime on the plane, bring some small toys. Mostly just try not to care about the other passengers. You'll be doing the best you can. Have fun!

Mandy - posted on 10/21/2010

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its really not that bad, i recommend holding off on nap time until just before the plane, when they sleep thru most of it, it def. helps make everyone happy, keep those lil snacks and toys real close to keep him occupied incase he is awake. if he takes a pacifier that is always a plus to help with the air pressure changes. change him before you leave cuz changing mid flight... not easy. a friend of mine suggested tylenol or benadryl(careful makes some kids more awake) just as much as a dr would prescribe for shots. i talked to my pediatrician before i left for any suggestions, that helped make me feel more at ease. as for packing... good luck, i always over pack, ask your mom what type of stuff she may already have, that way you dont need to take stuff youll have access to there. and if she has stuff for you to bring back... bring an extra bag!

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Nic - posted on 11/04/2010

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I took my daughter home by myself from LAX to New Zealand (12 hour flight plus domestic flight) when she was 7 months and lalso 17 months. It is very stressful, but you just need to focus on that fact that it will all be over in 24 hours (except for the jetlag) and you won't see any of the other passengers again (if your baby is being disruptive). I found it helpful to take a spare change of clothes on the plane incase of spit ups or nappy/diaper leekages. A sling was an absolutely must if you are travelling alone and don't have any help pushing your trolly of luggage (your Mum might be there to help though depending on your flights and where you are going). A stroller was handy to wheel around and calm baby before getting on board and most airlines will let you check it at the gate right before you get on. I always wait until almost the last person to get on the plane. Its easier to distract a hungry or tired baby before you get on board so you can delay feeding until the plane takes off (to help with air pressure). Dont be alarmed if airline doesn't offer you a seatbelt for your baby.... some airlines do, but on a recent trip to Ireland, two flights didn't offer us a seatbeat (went with my husband that time). Try to know where all your liquids are in your bag as you will probably need to remove them for the security checks. A basinet can be a life-saver if your baby will sleep in there, unfortunately my daughter wouldn't. However, it was great for sitting her up in with some toys (including the cups and spoons from the airline food tray) so at least you have some room to eat your meal. My daughter slept on my shoulder for several hours and I wore some trousers that had elastic in the waist (no buttons or zips) so if I needed to use the restroom I placed a blanket over her to shield her from the light and managed a one-handed restroom stop. However, if airline staff see you travelling alone they will usually say to give them a shout if you need to use the restroom etc - staff were very friendly and helpful the times I have flown alone. (I just knew it would wake up my daughter if a stranger took her and it was much less stressful having her asleep than awake!). I always take something familar (Teddy or blanket) with me to place in the crib when you get to where you're going. I am able to hire a car seat and baby monitor in New Zealand which is handy. Anyway, I hope this helps. Good luck with your travels. Its definitely worth the trouble to visit with family.

Motunrayo - posted on 11/04/2010

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it's a tiring process. i also traveled some weeks back with my 2months old baby by myself..the whole thing is stressful form packing to the rest of the journey...

Marija - posted on 11/04/2010

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I travelled with my son when he was 16months and that was terrible. It was only a 4hr flight and he feel asleep when the engines started up but once he was woken up all hell broke loose. He screamed for pretty much the rest of the flight, everyone was starring at us. I then travelled again with him at 23months and that was great. A 5month old you should get a bassinet to use, depending on who your flying with, just don't expect to much help, people prefer to stare in disguist. Ring the airline now and ask what help you can get if any and if they will have a bassinet available for you on flight. Just stay calm! As for packing you just need to make sure you know what your allowed to take for free and if baby is allowed luggage or not. Try not to overpack for the plane, just take essentials. Generally planes don't have microwaves so don't rely on that for warming anything up. I wish you the best of luck! You sure are brave travelling alone, it's not easy. Oh one other thing, try to go through the passenger gates at the last minute, and have family on this side watching baby until you go through, the less time you have to wait by yourself the better =D

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