M.C. asks from Denver, CO on March 26, 2008
How Young Is Too Young?
I've read other responses to flying with an infant, but, in your opinion, how young is too young? I have family all around the country and want to get her to see everyone but am apprehensive to fly as most flights are 3+ hours. In advance, thank you for your advice.
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M.B. answers from Denver on March 27, 2008
I just took my 4 month old for his first flight last weekend. He behaved very well. I have heard that the younger they are, the easier it is to fly with them and I can see why. THe younger they are, the less alert they are and the more they sleep. I would wait until she's at least 2 months, but I don't think there's any health reason why you'd have to wait that long.
A.H. answers from Denver on March 27, 2008
Personally, I had to fly when my little one was 4 weeks old and she did great. It's actually easier when they are younger simply because they sleep most of the time. The older they get, the more you need to bring. If the baby is healthy, I would take normal precautions with germs, but than that, I say go before 4 months.
K.L. answers from Casper on March 27, 2008
I personally think that 3 months is a good age. There are a lot of germs and people that may or may not be sick and a plane is an inclosed area so just be aware of all the bugs that she could catch. I would not subject her to that any sooner than you have to. Also the passifire or breatsfeeding/bottle when you take off is a very good idea.
P.M. answers from Colorado Springs on March 27, 2008
hi there, listen to your gut. if you don't want to fly with her then don't. the folks can get on a plane and fly if they want. I took my kids, at the time 5 months and 2 1/2 years old, on a flight to visit my mom. IT WAS THE WORST THING I COULD HAVE DONE!!! you know how we adults can "pop" our ears to the pressure in the cabin? well kids can't do that and my poor 5 month old cried the whole time because she could not relieve the pressure in her ears. I would at least wait until she is about 6 monthes old. and then have lots and lots of games and toys for them to play with and by the way, you will have to buy a kids price seat for the baby because it needs to be in a car seat as well. good luck. pat
S.M. answers from Casper on March 26, 2008
I have seen a device that is made to strap an infant to you during a flight. I don't think it is approved by any gov't agencies or anything, but it sounds like a good idea. I have heard of other ideas about putting your hands over the infants' ears for pressure changes and bringing a bottle for the same reason - of course these days that can get you in trouble. Perhaps ask for some water once on the plane? Hopefully some other moms have flown and have some good ideas for you.
S.M. answers from Salt Lake City on March 27, 2008
I started flying with my son when he was 6 weeks old. He did great, I still breastfed on the plane, discretely with a blanket by the window on take off and landing as the swallowing helps their ears adjust to the altitude changes. He did great and flew 3hour flights 6 times his first year. As he got older chewing gum or having a drink while landing and taking off again helps. Have fun!
C.K. answers from Casper on March 27, 2008
I know I took my oldest on a plane when he was about 3 months. It worked fine. He is 3 now and has flown probably 8 times, so we haven't had much problem. The first time he flew, we found cheap fares so he had his own seat and we brought his car seat. He slept most of the time and it was really easy. After that he rode as a lap child. I bought a Baby B'air, which is a kind of harness that hooks him to the seat belt. It makes sure he won't fly off your lap if you hit turbulence, and helps if you might fall asleep.
My other advice is to feed him (I breast fed) going up and coming down. The sucking helps equalize the pressure in his ears and prevents a screeming baby. I think a bottle will help too, but I haven't tried it myself. My son was on a pretty tight schedule, but I still fed him on take-off and landing and got back on schedule when we arrived. It didn't cause any problems.
K.T. answers from Denver on March 28, 2008
S.P. answers from Great Falls on March 27, 2008
I didn't know that an infant could be too young. My oldest was three months when I took him across the country. He only had one bad crying time. That was in atlanta where the weather was really hot. All I did was undress him. I made sure he had a bottle or binky for when we took off and landed. He was fine. Good luck!!!
E.S. answers from Fort Collins on March 27, 2008
We actually drove from CO to MI to see family when our son was 2.5 months (24 hr drive)...it was a long trip but he was still sleeping so much at that point. We stopped each night at a hotel.
We first flew with him at 6 months and he did great! He flew again at 9 months and was wonderful. (I nursed him during take-off.) The last time he flew was around 15 months...that was actually harder than the first two flights because he was so much more mobile! We're trying it again this weekend! Cross your fingers for us...he's almost two now! :o)
M.C. answers from Colorado Springs on March 28, 2008
When my daughter was 4 months old, we flew to visit family in New Jersey which was almost a four hour flight. We also flew when she was about 11 months old to Pennsylvania, which was also a fairly long flight. In my opinion it was easier flying when she was 4 months, because she slept most of the flight, when she was older we had to try more to keep her entertained.
Before we flew the first time we asked her doctor if it would be okay and he said he had a mother fly with a baby when the baby was only one week old and that it's fine at any age. Just make sure she's either feeding or sucking on a pacifier during take off and landing to help her little ears adjust to the altitude change.