L.M. asks from Central Falls, RI on February 21, 2010
Flying - Pawtucket,RI
Baby and I are flying to Florida Wednesday night any do's and dont's advice
M.R. answers from Boston on February 22, 2010
have the baby drink from his/her bottle upon take off - supposedly the sucking motion relieves ear pressure. also, depending upon the baby's age, have several different toys, they can be small items, just something to distract the baby. one other thing to consider, depending upon your travel arrangements, the last time we went to Florida, we rented a car seat, rather than drag ours along. It just made life so much easier. these companies rent anything you need, cribs, strollers, etc., and I find that it makes travelling soooo much easier than schlepping all that stuff to the airport, etc. I just googled "car seat rentals florida" and came up with several companies.
R.B. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2010
I personally think the biggest issue is the ear pressure. BUT, sucking on a bottle/nipple, will help reduce or eliminate the ear pressure.
Also, we always purchased a seat for our child as to be able to use our car seat. But, you will need to make sure that your car seat is "approved" for airlines.
Some airlines will let you pre-board, others will not. So, just be ready to be flexible. I have found people to be very helpful when I was flying alone with a baby.
And finally, YOUR relaxing helps. Babies cry and sometimes others will not approve- but that is life.
M.E. answers from Boston on February 22, 2010
My daughter and I have flown many times over the last two years. Once when she was about 6 months old we got stuck at the airport for 8 hours due to the weather. I ended up running out of diapers and formula even though I had a lot of extra supplies! The store in the terminal only had 1 diaper left for sale! Bring plenty of extra diapers and formula or snacks! Other then that flying has been great as long as you keep them entertained! ;-)
J.P. answers from Pittsburgh on February 21, 2010
bring a binky or something to suck so the pressure doesn't hurt. We recently flew and my five year old cried it hurt so bad.
L.Y. answers from Saginaw on February 21, 2010
I have travelled several times with my daughter, from when she was an infant to now when she is five. The biggest "trick" I have learned to keep her happy on the plane is to make it all about her! She thinks turbulance is cool, like a roller coaster and she loves the feeling of take off and landing. We play games, read books, color, watch movies... really whatever she wants.
By the way... I am scared of heights :) She does not know this nor will she. I cuddle her close and we look out the window together at the little cars and little houses :)
L.S. answers from Boston on February 22, 2010
I flew with my son to Mississippi when he was 5 1/2 months and it was great! I made sure that he was nursing during take offs and landings and I kept him in an ergo baby front pack for most of the flights and he slept nearly the entire trip, both ways. (Normally he's not a great napper.) I assume that any sling could accomplish the close to mommy feeling and light block function and the plane provided the soothing vibrations. We're flying again at the end of March and I hope that we'll have the same good luck. I've also found that in emergency situations, a pack of wipes or a plastic crinkly bag of food works as a great distraction/ new toy. Just be careful, Tate had his first taste of potato chips this weekend. Pesky teeth!
C.K. answers from Boston on February 22, 2010
...IF YOU ARE BY YOURSELF:::Make sure that when you go through security...that you ask them for someone to assist you through checkpoint!
I had a very hard time, trying to take my shoes off, baby's shoes off... balance the baby bag, my check in bag, AND THE CARRIAGE which has TO GO THROUGH A XRAY MACHINE. If you are bring formula...hold that out too...everything for baby in a clear plastic bag.
bring a pacifier for lift off and descend ( helps the baby ears)
USE an overnight diaper for the flight so that you don;t have to change the baby ( barring any poopie).
bring snacks and drink/bottle /sippy with water for baby.
L.A. answers from Reno on February 21, 2010
take a tiny dropper of baby oil(empty baby tylenol works great) and before you take off put 1-2 drops in each prevents the pressure from building and hurting little ears