(Closed) flying with a newborn

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t have any experience with this yet, but I wanted to say you aren’t alone! My sister is graduating from college about a month after my due date and we plan to attend. It will be the first time most of my siblings will get to meet my son. I’ll be checking your thread for advice!

Post # 4
24 posts

I hope this doesn’t come across as insensitive, but for the sake of your and your baby’s experience, not to mention the sanity of the rest of the plane, PLEASE talk to your doctor* about medication to sedate (calm/drowse) the baby for the flight! As a frequent traveler, the sight of a baby on my flight fills me with dread every time because it seems that 90% of them don’t acclimatize well to the changes in pressure. Their response is to cry LOUDLY for at least an hour of the flight (between takeoff and landing), and I’ve been on multiple flights where babies don’t acclimatize at all and have absolutely wailed for 75% of it (and I’m not just talking about short flights).

*I want to stress the importance of talking to your doctor first; while I fully think your baby should be doped up (and i know it can be done), I don’t want you to accidentally put your baby at risk by just going with over-the-counter meds at such a young age.

Post # 5
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know their ears can get irritated due to the pressure change. Perhaps you can ask your pediatrician about some solutions – I think an obvious one would be to feed them so they’re swallowing and there’s a better chance of their ears “popping”.

What’s the latest you can wait to get a ticket? You may not even WANT to travel with a baby at that point (if they have any health issues) or you could end up with a baby that adjusts easily and sleeps the whole time.

Post # 6
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

Babies mostly sleep at that age, so I see no reason to drug a newborn.

I’ve heard nursing during take off and landing ease the pressure for them.  I’m assuming you cannot drive to the wedding, but we didn’t take any trips until after LOs 2 month shots, plus I’ve heard their immune system is just that much more sensitive in the first 2-3 months.  So, I’d definitely be extra careful about any germs, especially if it is during flu season.

Post # 7
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I flew to SE Asia last week on a business trip and there was someone flying with their 3.5 week old baby.  If they can do an international flight without issue, I’m sure you’d be fine for your flight.  Babies that young sleep most of the time anyway.

Post # 8
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MsAGD: I cannot believe that you would suggest such a thing. It’s child abuse! Unless there is a medical reason, you should never give a child drugs to make them calm or drowsy.

@harmonyeee: DO NOT DRUG YOUR BABY TO FLY! That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. You have a right to be on a flight just as anyone else does, and many babies, especially youngs ones, fly without an issue.

You can feed them or use a pacicifier during the take off and landing to help with the ears. Look for flights on larger planes, if possible, because the pressure change doesn’t have as big an affect on the larger planes. The bigger the plane, the better.

We are flying with our baby when he’ll be about 5-6 weeks old from NY to FL for my sister’s wedding. Thankfully we’re flying together with my parents and step siblings. We’re planning to use a baby carrier to get through the airport and use breastfeeding or a paci for take off and landing.

I’d say make sure you have a few clothing changes and extra diapers, more than you think you’ll need. You don’t want to run out. I was with my sister when my niece had a blowout and she didn’t have an extra change of clothes… it sucked. Also, if you are using formula, and your baby takes warm bottles, think about how to have a warm bottle ready for the flight. If the flight is offering drinks, you can probably get hot water. But you might want to get hot water from a coffee place in the airport and make the bottle before you get on the plane in case.

Mostly, I’d say go for it and just relax. You’ll be fine. Especially with your husband going with you. It’s obviously much harder if you are flying alone with a baby.

Post # 9
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MsAGD: Wow, holy cow! I can’t believe you just said that. Babies can’t help that their ears don’t equalize well – it isn’t their fault, and it doesn’t merit drugging them up for YOUR comfort!! You know what I find annoying on planes? Adults that spend 6 hours straight talking, get drunk and beligerant, etc. Can we drug those people instead? Because they are knowingly and willingly annoying. Babies crying don’t even phaze me – they can’t help it!

Post # 10
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I am sure you will be fine traveling at that age. You just have to be prepared. Get storage bags to protect your car seat and stroller. Do some research on traveling with formula or breast milk. 

One thing that I would recommend is using a carrier of some sort such as a Moby wrap. If your baby likes being swaddled then they will love being in a moby wrap. I have used one since 2 months of age and it always worked to get my little man right to sleep on my chest. It’s a much easier way for him to sleep than for you to try to hold him and not wake him for long periods of time. Some people are intimidated by wrapping them but it’s easy once you get used to it. 

If you don’t like the idea of a wrap then I would have some plan for how the baby will sleep since you won’t have a stroller or anything. 



Post # 11
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I was two weeks old on my first plane ride, from Oregon to Connecticut.  My mother was prepared with sedatives for herself and me, if we needed them ( I didn’t – I slept the whole way).

If after talking with her doctor the PP decides that sedatives are a sensible precaution, then she has every right to make that decision.  It is not child abuse.

Post # 12
165 posts
Blushing bee

I have a similar situation and my main concern was his immune system having so few immunizations yet and the fact that he would be especially vulnerable to the germs that circulate in an airplane’s enclosed cabin.  Have you picked out a pediatrician for your baby that you could call and talk to about this?  Also, flying could be particularly troublesome for your baby if he/she has an ear infection or respiratory problems at the time.  I think ultimately it’s a matter of what your pediatrician recommends and then what you’re comfortable with.  Don’t have experience with what it’s like to travel with a newborn to offer, but talking to my pediatrician really did help make this an easy decision for me so you may find worth the call. 

Post # 13
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i was on an international flight next to a 2 month old and a 4 month old. they both slept almost the entire time.

from what i’ve heard from my friends with kids, try to sit either at the bulkhead (sometimes they have bassinets that attach to the wall) or at the very back of the plane so you’re least likely to bother others.

i’m not sure if a 2 month old has a sleep schedule or what, but it’s best to choose a flight at times the baby would normally be asleep.

Post # 14
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t have too much to add, except to check with your airline; a lot of them have what they call a “sky bassinet.”  It’s a little bassinet that clips onto the window or the tray, and most airlines will allow you to use it for free if you tell them in advance that you’ll need it.  That will allow you a little rest form carrying/holding your baby the entire travel time, while still giving them a safe and secure place to rest.  

Also, read up on the five S’s from Happiest Baby on the Block; when Addie was that age I used the five S’s everywhere (the store, church, restaurants, etc…) to calm her down when she got really upset and it was quick, effective, and easy.  

We’re also flying with Addie this August internationally and even though she’s going to be older (14 months) I’m also pretty nervous.  🙂  But we’ll both get through it, I’m sure, and everything will turn out fine!

Post # 15
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

I think if you nurse or feed the baby or give her a binky during take off and landing it should help with the pressure change… I may be way off base

Post # 16
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

Oh! And you can take the stroller right up to the plane. They will check it for you and meet you with it when you get off the plane.

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