May 22, 2008,
N.A. asks from Carmel, IN on May 21, 2008
Putting Baby to Sleep in Airplane
hello every one. i will flight to my home town on june and i do have a one year old baby who does not go to sleep easy. we will be in air plane for 18 hours. it is a very long flight. is there any thing to put baby in sleep easy and deep. any advise will be really appriciated. thank you all.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on May 22, 2008
I'm not a fan of drugging kids just to make your own life easier, though I do understand the need to make the whole plane of people happier. Someone once suggested Bach's Rescue Sleep to me to get kids back to sleep in the middle of the night. You could try that, it's all natural.
L.C. answers from Columbus on May 22, 2008
If you are buying a seat for your baby on the plane, then you can use a car seat. Just make sure that it is approved for airline travel. And double check with the airline to make sure of their rules.
Have fun at home.
K.S. answers from Toledo on May 22, 2008
my doctor suggested giving my son benadryl. and it worked. My dumbass didnt do it for the flight there, but you better believe I did it for the flight home. my son was just shy of 1 when we flew for the first time together. it was a quiet peacefull 5 hour plane ride home
B.T. answers from Cleveland on May 22, 2008
Giving your baby drugs of any sort is not recommended for flying given the altitude as it can cause the blood to thin so the drugs you give on the ground may be too much for your baby's system once in the air. I have 2 small kids and we often travel and find that the noise of the aircraft usually puts them straight out. They certainly don't sleep like they do at home but generally we have no problems. Maybe try and schedule the flight at night so her body is ready to sleep anyway and make sure to take her comfort item/s if she has them. Have a great trip :)
J.M. answers from Cleveland on May 22, 2008
I would not even consider giving your little one drugs to make them drowsy. I just came back from a trip to Europe with my 8 month old. I used a sling and when she started to get fussy I put her in it and paced up and down the aisles till she fell asleep. I also, heard Bach Rescue Remedy is good for calming and it is all natural. Good luck! Bring plenty of toys and snacks to pacify the time.
J.A. answers from Cleveland on May 22, 2008
When we flew for the first time with our son when he was 14 months old we had been given the advice to give him some Dimetapp about 30 minutes before the flight and if the flight was longer than 6 hours to give him another dose 30 minutes before landing. He had chronic ear infections and this would prevent or at least lesson the pain in his ears on take-off and landing. It also put him to sleep and he slept much of the long flight from Cle to LA. In fact, now I take sudafed myself for every flight. Talk to your pediatrician about this idea as my son is now 12 and while we still do this with all of ours, I don't know if it is still recommended.
T.M. answers from Bloomington on May 21, 2008
does she sleep in a carseat? you can try to take her carseat on board-- if there are any empty seats they can let you use it. (if they don't let you take it on they will check it at the gate for you.)
they do dim the plane on long flights so everyone can sleep, so that will help. they also give out blankets and pillows.
what about a sling? they don't allow them during take off/landing but for the flight they are ok.
bottle, nursing, pacifier? special blanket? etc?
good luck on the long flight!!
S.J. answers from Cincinnati on May 22, 2008
I have flown 18-24 hour flights with my kids at various times and ages: 4 months old, 9 months old, 2 and 4 years old; sometimes with 1-2 layovers.
It's actually easier when they're younger; they don't need as many activities and will usually sleep well. The drone and vibration of the plane is a great inducement to sleep. Just keep lots of fluid, pacifier, a brand new toy that she's never seen before(for when she's wide awake and is bored of you) and snacks she likes (like a container of cheerios); it's easier if you're still nursing too. Before you know it, it'll be all over.
You're more likely to have an easier time if the plane is not jam-packed full of noisy travelers.
Good luck !