Post # 1
We’re going to Bali to visit my family for Christmas this year–a routine flight for us, but daunting now that babies are in the mix! The babies will be about 4 months old by that point, so does anyone have tips and tricks for keeping infants happy on long-haul flights? Happily they’ll be too young to want to do much more than sleep and eat, but I don’t want to subject the entire plane to 13 hours of screaming babies if at all possible. What works for you?
Post # 3
@UK Bride: I’m no expert, but bring lots of toys and distractions. Make sure you have pacifiers. Milk. Snacks if they’re on solid food (not sure how this baby stuff works lol).
If you can, try to sit all together in the same row (I assume they’ll just be in your laps) so you annoy less people if they do start to cry. I find that when planes land is typically the worst for babies because their ears pop. Maybe google some tips on how to help a baby out with that.
I know not all people are sympathetic, but when I hear a baby crying on a plane I am not one of those people who shoots evil glares at the parents. Sometimes kind strangers will help you out as well. I’ve seen it before.
It’s normal to have kids and you’re not doing anything wrong… just remember that if people start glaring at you.
Other than that, just keep all the supplies you need on hand… diaper bag as a carry-on lol.
Post # 4
Oh gosh, I couldn’t even imagine. I would try to get it out of it honestly lol. I know…that wasn’t much help, sorry!
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Post # 6
It won’t be as bad as you might think. At this age they still spend a lot of time eating and sleeping, and are more easily entertained in their carseats.
Try to book the front row of seats. There is a fold down shelf where you can strap in their carseats. Most airlines reserve this row for people travelling with infants.
Nurse or bottlefeed the babies on takeoff and landing. It helps to reduce ear discomfort due to pressure changes if they are actively swallowing.
Post # 8
@julies1949: Yep, feed them as the plane takes off. It should help their ears.
And the candy idea is adorable. I agree that is likely to endear people to your situation.
Post # 9
Agree with others. I’ve seen parents with pacifiers, distractions, plenty of food (whatever they’re eating at the time) and gravol to knock them out if its gonna be a long flight. Our most recent flights we had children in front of us both ways and they squawked from discomfort for a couple minutes and that was it. We saw them do all of these things.
Post # 10
im not having twins, but we’ll be flying from MN to Germany when babe is 3 months old and im pretty nervous as well! hoping sleep will be spent most of the trip! ive read to sit in the aisle if you can for easy access to get up and walk around with the babe… most tips ive read are great for toddlers with the new toys and junk food etc. im not a huge fan of paci’s but ill be bringing them for that flight FOR SURE. probably an ipod as well so baby can hear music whether its lullabys or static. i also read that for international flights, even if baby does sit on your lap you still have to pay for a whole seat for them! we havent purchased our flights yet but thats a huge bummer! was it the same for you?
Post # 11
I’ve made long haul flights like that a lot. Honestly, I’d skip the trip this year. I’d wait until they were a bit older, or fly my family to see me, instead of going to see them.
Post # 12
Sometimes it’s temperament based as well. I was flying as of six weeks old (my Mum worked for an airline). Slept through every flight, never ever cried. The only time I ever cried was when I had an ear infection at the age of two.
My brother on the other hand screamed bloody murder.
Post # 13
I just took a short trip with my twins, and neither cried (thank all things holy). Ask the flight attendant when top of descent is, because that is when the pressure starts to change. Nurse, bottle, pacifier- anything to get them to move their jaws will help them clear their ears. Also, check to see if you can actually have two lap children in the same row- many planes only have 4 oxygen masks per row, so that only accomodates 1 lap kiddo. I had to sit a row in front of my mom, who had the other baby.
Post # 14
@wifegoodman: What you doing in germany, if you dont mind me asking? 🙂