Tips for flying with newborn

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@funnygurl:  The younger they are the easier it is to fly with them. The only suggestion that I have is to make sure that she is either nursing or drinking formula from a bottle during takeoff and landing. It helps to equalize the pressure in their ears and eliminate that discomfort.

At 3 months of age you really don’t have to worry much. They still spend most of their time eating and sleeping.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m part of a carseat safety group and they really advocate that t have e baby sjould have his/her own seat and should be in his/her seat anytime the “fasten seatbelt” sign is on.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@BabyEtobe:  Ditto! Babies should always be in a car seat in their own seat. 

Have a bottle or pacifiers for her to suck on throughout the flight, the changes in air pressure can affect babies’ ears for a long time, not just takeoff and landing.

If she has diaper blowouts often, put a regular diaper on her with a cloth diaper cover over it (if you don’t already use cloth diapers). Cloth diaper covers contain blowouts much better than disposable diapers and this has saved me on planes from ending up with poop everywhere!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@funnygurl:  Yes, you can take a carseat on a plane. If there are empty seats, you can ask that you be seated by one so you can put your baby in there. The safest option, though, is to buy a ticket for your baby, take the carseat on the plane (gatecheck the stroller for free) and strap the carseat into the seat with the lapbelt (no need to take the base).

If you’re nursing, that’s the easiest thing for takeoff and landing. Keeps the little ears cleared.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am in the lap babies are fine camp, and I have flown a lot with our daughter, including a long flight at 3 months. I used a carrier rather than a stroller because it’s a lot easier to get through the airport that way and you don’t have to take it off to go through security so I didn’t have to wake her up when she was snoozing! She is breastfed, so I don’t have any feeding tips other than – breasts are probably the easiest thing to feed with on a plane, if possible! She slept most of the time, so it really wasn’t that hard – it is a lot harder now that she’s older, but it’s still doable. Oh, the dumb thing I did before her 3 month travel was get her vaccines done right before (like the day before) so she was pooping a lot more than usual – I think I changed her diaper every half hour for the whole flight! So anyway, I would avoid that! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If the baby’s in her own seat though (which is much safer than a lap child), you shouldn’t take her out of the seat to nurse during takeoff and landing. Those are statistically the most dangerous parts of a flight. My daughter is breastfed but I keep her in her carseat during takeoff and landing and let her suck on a pacifier. I take her out to nurse at other times during the flight.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@caritas:  Oooohh…that’s a good point! I didn’t know about the safety risks with lap babies when I flew before, so I nursed, but now…yeah. Sometimes knowing the safer option throws a wrench in your plans! But having read the stats about how lap babies essentially become projectiles during turbulence or crashes really was chilling.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsKeee:  Weird, I’ve never heard of vaccines making babies poop more! I actually like to schedule my daughter’s vaccines for right before air travel because they make her sleep more!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I flew a lot with my daughter when she was a baby and always held her. Her ped gave me drops to numb her ears and I breastfed at takeoff. She slept the whole time but she also got sick after each flight (stomach bug) so be sure you have Lysol wipes if you think your baby will be touching the arm rests or tray table. 

Flying with a baby so young is very easy!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@caritas:  apparently it’s a thing! I had no idea until it happened to me. If I had done it like the morning of, that would have been brilliant for sleeping – but she pooped like crazy at about the 24 hour mark, which was when we were flying! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Following because I’ll need these tips when we take our baby on a 14-hour flight next year, probably sometime between 6-9 months.

I hadn’t heard the diaper tip before – good to know!

Mostly people keep telling me just to do it before they start walking or crawling. Makes sense to me!

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