Any advice for flying with a 4 month old?

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




We are flying to the east coast in 2 weeks. Any tips or suggestions would be great!


Christine - posted on 09/18/2009




Yes. I flew my children to Barbados when they were infants. Giving them a decongestant is great to prevent their little ears from any discomfort. Most importantly, feed them while you are going up in the air as well as landing. They need that jaw movement just as you would give yourself when chewing gum during those times to prevent your ears from popping. Best of all. don't over stress anything and just be calm. Everything will be ok as long as that lap child senses that mom is ok too. Good luck :)


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Becky - posted on 09/18/2009




agree with everyone, we flew when our baby was 5 month, I breastfed him the whole way on both flight. we even had a gentleman who sat next to us tells us that the minute he saw the baby, he thought OH Boy!, but he was the best baby ever!

Rebecca - posted on 09/18/2009




Totally agree with Brooke, use a sling and if you are breastfeeding do it on take offs and landings. Use a soother too if baby takes one. But really in the end your baby will more then likely sleep the whole trip. ( my son was 5 1/2 months when we flew to the east coast too and he slept the whole time)

Kelly - posted on 09/18/2009




make sure you have a bottle or a pacifier or somethng for the baby to suck on i have flown with my daughter twice now

Lesli - posted on 09/18/2009




We flew with our son just before he turned 4 months and again at 9 months and he did great! 1st off you need to make sure the airline knows you have an infant. when you check in you can ask how full the flight is and you may be able to have the empty seat next to you for the carseat which i reccomend.

-change their diaper just before boarding

-leave them in their careat until they get restless

-bring comfort toys and buy a few new toys they haven't played with to introduce when they get bored.

-bring plenty of food in your carry on that is easily accessible.

-favorite blanket or toy

-plenty of extra clothes, diapers, wipes, gas drops and tylenol

-plan a feeding for take off and landing

have fun and good luck I am sure you and your baby will be great.

the second time my son flew I did it alone and he was at that stage where he wanted to get down to walk and explore. I had people turn and say to me at the end of the flight I forgot he was even on board he was so well behaved. The times he was awake there were so many new people for him to charm and keep him company that it was a breeze and we look forward to flying again come this december, he will then be 16 months!

Hope this helped.

Lesli Bauer


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Sujata - posted on 09/18/2009




I took a 15 hr flight from India when my daughter was 4 months old and twice when she was a year old . Pamela is absolutely right , you get all kinds of people and so is with the airhostess . They are complaining if the baby is crying too much or a happy. Just make sure to keep tylenol & mylicon ( for gas ) handy or any medicine u think u might need . take extra set of clothes, breastfeed / feed the baby milk while take off or landing & ur baby will be fine. all the best

Pamela - posted on 09/18/2009




Is bubs formula or breast fed? Give them a bottle/breast on take off and landing to prevent there ears from popping as babies have very delicate ear drums. Make sure you are prepared to change a nappy on the flight if you need too and have a rattling toy to keep baby occupied if they become unsettled. Remember to relax as baby will respond to how you are reacting and they always pick up on stress. Ask the air hostesses for help they are usually great. Oh and bubs will be strapped to your seat belt via an infant belt but they will go through that with you. If you have 2 flights (connecting flights) ask for a pram to be ready at the next airport to make sure you have a break between from holding bubs.

One thing i will give you advice about is you will find people will stare and comment amongst themselves if your baby cries. Just ignore them 9 times out of 10 they don't have kids and are just concerned about themselves. I have been flying with my eldest son since he was only 6weeks old (now 2) and have come across both nice and rude people just take them with a grain of salt.
Good luck i am sure it will all go well.

Mallory - posted on 09/18/2009




I would make sure their ears are clear prior to take off. If they have an ear infection, it will become very painful while flying. With some kids, you don't always know if they have middle ear fluid or an ear infection. Have the suck or drink when acsending and descending which will help 'pop' their ears. I have not flown with my child, so I don't have any entertainment tips, but as an audiologist I recommend getting the ears checked out.

Heather - posted on 09/18/2009




Make sure you pack enough food for baby. If you have a connection you don't want to be stuck with no food. Bring some comfort toys for the baby. And try to schedule a feeding during takeoff, so they can be sucking on a bottle so their ears wont bother him/her.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2009




We took our daughter on her first flight when she was four months old. It went really well except...she has motion sickness.She got sick and completely soaked her outfit and mine. I would recommend a change of clothes for baby and one for you! Can't hurt! Happy traveling.

Ashley - posted on 09/18/2009




I just flew with my son (who turns 1 tomorrow) and everyone told me to give him a bottle when taking off and landing. Although he didn't it just offer him a bottle or breast, whichever you are doing.

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