H.G. asks from Wellington, FL on July 23, 2009
Our First Flight
Tomorrow my 5 month old son and I will be taking our first flight. We'll be meeting my husband in Denver for a little escape from the everyday. I know its last minute, but does anyone out there have advice on what to take to make our trip easier? Anything I “must have” with me on the plane, will Delta allow me to check my car seat at the gate, anything I just can’t do without? I've been told this is a great age to travel and hope that is true. This is kind of our "dry run" before our big trip to Israel in August to visit my family.
I haven't gotten much specifically for this trip. So far the only purchases have been an inflatable tub and disposable bibs. I nurse, and other then his rice cereal at night I figure food should be the easiest part.
Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions. I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes.
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much for all the wonderful advice. I was blown away by the amount of responces and the proved to be very helpful as what was supposed to be a short flight turned into a 12hour ordeal. About ten minutes after take off the piolet anounced we were having problems with our landing gear and were being diverted from palm beach to Ft Lauderdale. We ended up waiting in line for four hours while 2 people helped a plane load get rebooked. Finally got on the plane sat for 2 more hours on the run way. When we hit 33,000ft my son had a complete "poop explosion"!!! I breastfeed and am one of the lucky (or in this case not so lucky) moms whose babies only go every 7 days. Thanks for advising me to bring a change for him as well as me, we needed it!! Through all of this my son was wonderful! He took his naps, ate like a champ and didn't even complain during the "squished in an airport bathroom" diaper change. I had two things confirmed during this ordeal 1)murphy's law is true & 2) I have a mellow and happy baby. Thanks again for the advice. It saved us!!
M.F. answers from Tampa on July 24, 2009
Be sure to take a bottle and pacifier and let the baby suck. The cabin pressure will make his ears uncomfortable - even hurt. The sucking will help with the ear pressure.
M.F. answers from Boca Raton on July 24, 2009
Have fun! This is the perfect time to fly. You will learn so much from this so Isreal will be much easier. We have flown several times (first at 7 mos) with my daughter and here are some things that I learned:
1)Ear pressure is worst on decent not on take off so plan ahead and nurse or pacifier before landing.
2)new toys - finger pupets rule. the rings that attach to eachother are great too. many little things you can throw in zip locs. if you are lucky the hum of the flight just might put your baby to sleep.
3) get a sling - it was a blessing through the airport (we checked our stroller with the luggage in the reg gate bag) so i basically had my diaper backpack and baby in the sling with two free hands.
4) lots of ziploc bags. everythign that touches a surface put it in a ziploc - the germs espeically with this swine flu are a whole different thing than in everyday life.
5)lots of paci's and a good sturdy paci cord
6)as soon as you get on the plane ask the flight attendant which is the best bathroom to change a diaper if you need too. there are some bathrooms that they add a changing table over the potty on Delta flights - not all planes have them but it is good to know in advance where to go. We took Delta to Paris and the crew was simply amazing.
7) two changes of clothes for baby and one for you (i.e. wringle resistant knit dress). ziplocs to store soiled items...you never know.
8) for Isreal flight - buy a seat for the baby. it is the safest and will be worth every penny for comfort for everyone.
9) sit and stroll - it is a car seat that coverts right into a stroller. this was worth every cent!! one less piece of equipment.
finally - no matter what happens....you will never see those people on the flight again! Enjoy your well deserved vacation!!!!
S.W. answers from Miami on July 24, 2009
Just make sure he has something, breast or pacifier for take off and landing. It bothers us all; but a baby will scream. You can always get supplies once in town, rather than pack and travel with diapers, cereal, etc. Though you want to pack enough in the diaper bag for changes. Check everything else. If they have room, they may allow you to board with the car seat; but typically that means buying another ticket. Otherwise, check it at the counter with your other luggage, the stroller can be brough on board or checked at the gate if too bulky.
M.C. answers from Miami on July 24, 2009
I traveled the first time with my 14 months when she was 6 months. I recommend you not to stress now and during the process. Remember when you have a child things change and he is the first thing in your mind. If he cries in the flight DO NOT WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE AROUND, you will have enough stress with the baby to be worry about people around. Bring a bag with what he eats, which mostly is milk I assumed. Keep the baby with the pacifier or a bottle in the departure and in the arrival, this will help with the pressure off the ears. Take some toys and have then handy in the pocket. Take some plastic bags in case you have to change him in the seat. Talk to the representative and ask her to block the next seat. Log in Delta and find out what you can bring. AA allows all moms to bring a stroller and a car seat at no additional cost. Acknowledge that you need help and if someone wants to help you, accept help.
Enjoy your trip.
C.C. answers from Tampa on July 23, 2009
I took my son to visit my mother back in April and I had a back pack with a change of clothes for both of us, plenty of diapers and wipes, snacks for me, baby food... Really just normal diaper bag stuff and normal things I would bring carry on. Checked the car seat at the gate... It went MUCH more easily than I thought it was going to. The flight attendants were super nice and my son was so entertained looking around at the other passengers that he didn't even get a chance to play with the toy I brought him. I also planned our flight for around nap time so he slept for a decent amount of time on the flight.
I'm hoping everything goes as smoothly when we go back up there this Sunday.
E.C. answers from Tallahassee on July 24, 2009
Hi. We took our little girl up to MA from FL for this July 4th. She had just turned 8 months. She did great on the plane. (Passengers said they did even know she was on board) Her ears did not seem to bother her in the least, but we did have the pacifier ready. We did not get a ticket for her - she was infant in arms. We checked her carseat. We brought along some toys to entertain her and a front carrier (but the flight attendents will NOT allow a baby to be confined/strapped in during take off and landing due to potential injuries). We also brought her big stroller - which they will check for you when you board. Our flight was a connecting flight with a layover so it was good for her to get a break and stretch out. The staff at the airport and on the plane were excellent! Even when we had to go through security. I had already stopped nursing- but even if you are nursing you can bring UNLIMITED prepared bottles. Either water or mom's milk-doesn't matter. The security staff will ask YOU to open each bottle, one at a time and they will HOLD UP a testing strip over the open bottle(they DO NOT put it inside the bottle for sanitary reasons) to test them. They will do the same to large liquid items like sunscreen or baby shampoo if you forget to check it with the other baggage.
Enjoy your trip. I hope this helps. We brought way too much for the trip in general (weather difference) but I'm super glad will all the stuff we did bring for her. Also if you are concerned about his ears, people recommended cotton balls with a little olive oil. I didn't have the time to do that and bring them, but it could help with the ears.
N.R. answers from Lakeland on July 24, 2009
Plan his meals around landing and take off - the sucking action is great for relieving his ears of the pressure. I travelled with my nephew once when he was a baby - and that is what I did - just enough bottles for take offs and landings - and it worked like a charm. Not a peep! Good luck!
F.R. answers from Pensacola on July 23, 2009
The main things you need to have is something for him to suck on during take-off and landing, his personal blanket, a change of clothes, diapers and baby wipes. You can pack a teether, soft books, a couple toys, etc. But babies his age really do travel well on planes usually. I carried mine in the soft carrier strapped to my body so that I was able to hold the diaper bag easier. Keep the basics in the diaper bag like baby tylenol, teething tablets, purell, diaper rash cream, etc. Don't worry about it though, you'll both have a great time!