D.V. asks from Milford, CT on September 05, 2008
Tips for Flying with an 8-Month Old
I'm going to be flying with my daughter for the first time and am looking for advice on how to keep her occupied. The flight will be 2 hours with 1 hour layover then another 2 hour flight to our destination.
K.Z. answers from New York on September 05, 2008
It will be fine. I've been traveling with my son since he was four months old (he's now 19 months), and he's earned enough frequent flier miles on two airlines for a free ticket. He's such a pro that he walks down the aisle of the airplane all by himself and knows to take his shoes off at the security line.
Anyway, some easy tips to remember when flying with a little one. Change your daughter's diaper just before you get onto the plane to hopefully avoid changing her on the plane. Some airlines have changing tables in the bathrooms (United and American), while others don't (Southwest and I believe Frontier). In any case, the airline bathrooms are really cramped and it's tough to change a baby in them. Bring some new toys, books, etc. on the plane with you and let her explore them one by one. It was suggested to me by a friend to bring Band-aids (like stickers, but easily removable if they get stuck on the window or tray), dental floss (it's pretty cool to pull and pull and pull the floss out of the holder), and a Magna-doodle (no mess and fun to scribble). Don't forget her lovie or blanket in case she takes a nap on the plane, which is a definite possibility. My son usually zonks right out when we get into the air, even if it is not anywhere close to his naptime. Brings snacks and food for her to eat if she gets hungry, and try to nurse her during takeoff and/or landing to help clear her ears. And definitely bring a change of clothes for her and a clean shirt for you. You never know when she may have a blowout or a spill that would require one or both of you to need a change. I've only had it happen once (my son had a MAJOR blowout that required a full clothing change while we were still in the air), but I was so thankful to have the clothes available.
Most of all, take a deep breath and relax. Babies pick up on mom and dad's anxiety and will get stressed if you are stressed. You'll be fine, and so will your daughter!
Have a great trip!
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N.F. answers from New York on September 06, 2008
I recommend breastfeeding for take-off and landings. Bring a couple of favorite toys that are not too small (they most likely will be dropped, and maybe roll under the seats- keep that in mind), or make music (for your seat mates sake). Be friendly with the stewardess/stewards of the plane, and ask them if the flight is full. Sometimes, they can try to help keep an open seat next to you, so you can have some extra space for play time. Try to sit next to the isle because you may need to get up often and walk her around, change diapers etc.. Change her diaper right before you are due to board the plane, and of course bring zip lock baggys to put dirty cloth diapers in. Bring extra cloth diapers, change of clothes in your diaper bag.
My son hardly played with the toys I brought, he was too interested with the seat belt, magazines in the pocket, the wrapper from the snacks (He loved playing with the bag itself that crinkled), looking at people etc.. I ended up having a huge bag of "things for him to do" that I carried around when he really didn't need as much as I though he would.
M.F. answers from New York on September 06, 2008
I have flown with my daughter several times starting at 4 months on. We even flew a 9 hour flight to europe last month. It can be a little tricky, especially when traveling alone, but it can be done without you, your daughter and all the other passengers on the plane arriving miserable!
I always try to bring my daughter to the airport tired but not overtired and then nurse her as the plane taxis. I carry her in a baby carrier while in the airport. Its keeps her close and safe and also helps her relax and get sleepy.Try to book your flight around regularly scheduled naps if possible. I find that if I schedule things right my daughter will usually sleep most of the flight in my arms.
For awake times, bring several toys. I usually either buy a few new small toys that she has never seen before or I will put away her favorite toys a few weeks before the trip so that when I bring them out on the plane the are exciting for her and will hold her interest.
Also, I cloth diaper as well, but I recommend buying a few of the biodegradable disposables for when you are in the airport and on the plane. Its easier then filling up your diaper bag with wet and dirty diapers and having to carry them around with you. The changing tables on planes are small and I find it difficult to manage with cloth.
Best of Luck!
M.C. answers from New York on September 06, 2008
we flew with my son when he was 5 months, 7 months, 9 months and 14 months. we didn't buy a seat for him until he was 14 months and we were glad we did because we needed the extra space by that point. I was breastfeeding for the first three trips and that is much easier! I recommend nursing her at take-off of both flights because that coupled with the sound of the engines will put her to sleep for a while. Nursing is so great when flying...honestly whenever he would get fussy I would just put him to my breast! for the first trips we used the snap and go stroller and would gate check the frame and the seat (I always just held him which worked fine)....I never had layovers but I would bring a carrier (bjorn, ergo, whatever you have) for that part! good luck!
D.R. answers from New York on September 05, 2008
bringing new stuff is great, and dole it out one at a time. and if you want to save yourself the constant, very annoying hassle of constantly having to squish down under/between the seats and apologize to everyone around you, get stuff that you can attach to her carseat straps with those rings or something. and maybe try for things that dont beep and ring too much. also absolutely awesome are those finger food snack cups with the lid where they can take out one at a time without spilling. fill with cheerios, peas, etc. i couldnt live without that thing. snack trapper or something like that. a bottle on take off and landing will help her ears with the pressure. (i assume you would keep her strapped in during those times so cant breastfeed)....and pack wisely, pack a little bag within your diaper bag with the minimum changing necessites, including an extra onesie and shirt for yourself. good luck and have fun.
A.G. answers from New York on September 06, 2008
Besides something to suck on for take off and landing. If you can afford it, a mini dvd player was a godsend for me. It was a special treat for my son and he got to watch baby einstein:). that was the best toy i had. then i could watch movies when he slept too:)
K.S. answers from New York on September 10, 2008
Don't forget a pacifer so they can suck on or infant's ear plugs (preventing their ear from popping (air pressur))
A.P. answers from New York on September 06, 2008
Since you breastfeed, the flight will be easier. Any discomfort she has from either the air pressure, or unfamiliar situation, noises, etc., can be helped by nursing her. I don't know if she's eating much in the way of solid foods, but if so, you can bring a snack for her if it's not her regular mealtime. Also, books for her, and any favorite toys she has. If she gets cranky and the fasten seatbelt sign is not lit, take her for a walk up and down the aisle for a few minutes. Good luck.