P.J. asks from Milwaukee, WI on April 14, 2008
Flying with a 3 Month Old
I will be taking my 3 month old son on a plane in 2 weeks. The flight is only 2 hours long, but I am still nervous about the trip anyway. I'm looking for any advice that might help us get through our first flight with minimal screaming and crying.
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C.J. answers from Minneapolis on April 17, 2008
Just remember the air flow congests ears.. Chewing gum or sucking on something on take off and landing really helps those little ears whether it be the bottle or a nuck, it will help!! Keep him interested in play things. when he crabs change the subject to something fun..
A.J. answers from Omaha on April 15, 2008
Hi there, I took my 4 month old daughter on a flight to Florida and had to stop in Texas, so we had 4 flights total! I tried to work her feedings to happen either on the take off or landing, for the sucking motion to help with her ears. If she did not have a feeding we used her pacifier to help with her ears. We also had a wet wash cloth for her to suck on if she did not want either the pacifier or the bottle. Other than that the minute the plane started moving she was sleeping. the motion knocked her out. Ee did not have a car seat either, I held her each time. Good luck I hope it goes well! A.
K.K. answers from Sioux Falls on April 15, 2008
Try keeping him awake and feed him right before you bored
I did that with my son when he was just a little older than that.. He slept the entire flight.
I hope this helps
S.H. answers from Appleton on April 16, 2008
I see that you've got a lot of excellent responses regarding how to help your baby's ears "pop" during take-off and landing. I would like to offer an additional suggestion that will help not only with keeping him comfortable and happy onboard, but also safe. I am a certified car seat tech and it is imperative that your son be in a car seat during the flight. It isn't required (YET), but it should be. There are many organizations that are now fighting to make sure ALL passengers are required to have their own seat on the plane, including some headed by flight attendants who have seen firsthand the danger of turbulence midair or bumpy take-offs and landing. Here are a few links for you to take a look at:
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E.B. answers from Minneapolis on April 15, 2008
I took my son to Europe when he was three months and he did just fine! I would recommend:
-buy baby ear planes and put them in his ears during take-off and landing
-have a bottle or be ready to nurse during take-off and landing
-don't check a stroller that you don't want to get banged up (they're not very careful with the strollers). In fact, if you don't absolutely need a stroller, don't take it. It's a pain all the way around (security, etc...)
-A sling is really handy
-Take a plastic bag in case there are any blowouts.
-Don't be nervous! :)
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J.G. answers from Green Bay on April 15, 2008
With my first born, we were fortunate to travel 5 times with him before he was 18 months old (my brother lives out of state). We traveled with him when he was 3, 6, 9, 15 and 18 months. Some things that have worked very well for me are: I take the car seat, base, and stroller (travel system) to the gate with me (my son was in the car seat, the base was in the basket below, and I pushed the stroller) and I carried a back pack with my purse and all of the baby necessities, which left my hands free.
Then when we got to the gate, I got tags for the base and stroller and when we boarded, I would push the stroller to the end of the gate, put the car seat on the base, collapse the stroller (and tie it shut with gift wrap ribbon because ours opened when they put it on the plane), then take the baby out of the seat, and board the plane (I had the baby in my lap each time).
I also found if you are able to hold off eating until just prior to boarding or once boarded, the baby fell asleep within about 10 minutes of the flight taking off (once while taking off - awake when started to go down the runway and sleeping by the time we were in the air - 1 minute later). if you are breastfeeding (or even giving the baby a bottle), I did it on the plane using a blanket to cover myself and left the baby attached until we were about 5-10 minutes in the air (for him to suckle in case of ear problems) and then again when we were decending (for the same reason). If the baby was not going to eat, I had him suck on his pacifier in the plane to avoid ear issues as well. When he was young, he slept on the plane each time (about 1-2 hour flights). I would also recommend a favorite blanket, books, and toys (quiet ones), just in case.
When we landed then, I would get off the plane, wait for our stroller and car seat. Then put hte baby in the car seat, open the stroller, and put the base under, then attach the car seat to the stroller and go through the airport as needed (if I had to use the bathroom, I would use the handicap stall and fit the stroller in with me) - there were a few times when I was alone.
I know this has gotten long, and I apologize, but in my experiences, things ahve gone very smoothly each of the 5 times (on my end, so make sure to have LOTS of diapers, wipes, and milk, and extra clothes, in case things don't go well for the airline - I learned that while experiencing it as well). Keep in mind, baby may cry, just do what you can to comfort him (a friend of mine just returned and said her 6-week old screamed for the whole return flight). GOOD LUCK!!
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M.F. answers from Minneapolis on April 15, 2008
We first flew with our twins at 7 weeks. One thing that I think helped us immensely was to have a bottle (I breastfed, but used bottles occasionally, including on the plane) ready for takeoff and landing. That way they were working their jaws and their ears didn't get painfully plugged (think about how you have to chew gum or yawn or something to equalize the pressure in your own ears during ascent or descent). Other than that, probably just go with the flow (we used baby carriers (Baby Bjorn or similar), since the girls loved cuddling close to us at that age anyway). Good luck!
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G.K. answers from Milwaukee on April 15, 2008
Hi there. I just took my 3 yr old son and 8 month old daughter on a plane trip last week. For my daughter we just packed up packets of powder that comes in the litte 4 oz packets and you have to by bottled water in the airport. We just pored the water into the bottles before we borded the plane. Have 2 bottes on hand and change him before you get on the plane. Most airlnes let you check your strollers in right before you get onto the plane if you are worried about that. Have a good trip. I'm sure that everything will go smooth.
K.K. answers from Minneapolis on April 15, 2008
I flew with my daughter when she was 9 weeks old and some tips I received were to bring a new toy along becuase that will help entertain them on the trip. Also if you are nursingtry to nurse during the take-off and landing.
Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip.
D.R. answers from Fargo on April 16, 2008
Dittos for the sucking on take off and landing.
Also don't forget decongestant at least 20 minutes before flight (helps ears to clear also).
IF those two still have your baby crying in pain here's a trick I learned in scuba to clear ears (YOU can use this too). Hold your fingers over your nostrils as you breathe out through your nose, it increases the pressure to clear the ears (if you wait too long the eustachian tubes practically collapse and it is very difficult to clear). Of course with a crying baby this one gets tricky, but maybe you can get yourself feeling better if you need it :-)
A.C. answers from Minneapolis on April 16, 2008
We flew a lot with our son in his first few months and it was not nearly as difficult as I thought. First, get there early, security and everything else is a lot less stressful with a baby when you are not rushed. Also, if you are there early with your adorable baby in a car seat they may take pity on you and put you in a row with an extra seat so you don't have to hold the baby for two hours. Second, bring a pacifier, a bottle, or think about nursing during take off and landing. This helps babies' ears make the altitude adjustment. Finally, smile and be sweet, airline staff love babies and if you're nice they will most likely be. I fly a lot for work and I miss having my baby with me because the staff just isn't as nice when I'm alone.