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Since I left my DDC I figure this is the next best place to ask questions...I'll try not to bug ya'll too much
So in June we are flying from Utah to Florida [1 hour lay over in Georgia] to visit family. Rory will be just over 3 months at this time. She does not have her own seat, but I'm hoping that there will be extra seats anyways.
Just wondering if anyone here has any advice for travelling with a baby, by airplane or not. The only thing I know is to nurse or give a pacifier while taking off and landing to help with the pressure change.
Really ANY advice is much appreciated!
Also, since its Florida, my DF has hopes of spending all day every day hanging out by the pool or at the beach. I have read you should not put sunscreen before 6 months so I'm kinda worried about this. Any extra precautions? Or advice in general about having a baby out in the sun?
I'm a straight up Irish girl so no way will I be sitting out that long anyways, but being a new mom I'm very paranoid about having her out in the sun. Especially since we don't get a lot up Herr anyways.
I havent ever travelled with a baby that young, but i did fly with jake when he was about 2.5. he wasnt really a nap type of kid, but the sound of the engines really put him to sleep! so hopefully it'll work the same for you! have you got a baby carrier? a moby or something like that? it would free up your hands, but still allow the baby to be comfortable and nurse on your lap. The moby also does a UV protection carrier, if you are interested in that, which would be really helpful for walking around florida.
as for keeping the baby out of the sun, you can buy lots of UV protection things. a little tent for them to sit in Amazon.com: Pacific Play Tents Lil Nursery Tent: Toys & Games so they are protected from the sun without using sun screen.
you can also get clothes made from the same fabric so its just their faces and hands that need protecting.
Sorry i dont have more advice, i'm in ireland, we get about 2 days of sun a year!!!
We haven't traveled with Eve anywhere apart from around our city, so I'm not gonna be much help sorry!
I honestly didn't know you couldn't use sunscreen on babies! I used some on Eve the other week!
Whenever we go out in the sun I make sure she has a long sleeved top on + long pants (thin material if the weather is warmer so she doesn't overheat), a hat and sunnies (they make cute baby ones!!), and socks! Sounds like too many layers but it really isn't she keeps cool and warm all at once. I'm sure the materials that we have are going to protect her from the sun, but I also don't expose her to it for prolonged periods of time.
I quite like Robyn's suggestions
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I traveled with Helena when she was 4 months old....we flew from Nebraska to Mass with a layover in ohh dang i can't remember now but it was about an hour layover....i think my saving grace was my baby carrier!!! that was so much easier than lugging around a stroller or infant carrier LOL it was nice to wear her through the airport and on the plane...and yes i totally nursed her on the plane at take off and i think she was asleep during the landing! so i would def suggest if you dont have one already get a wrap or a carrier....toys to keep her occupied etc....
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I would also recommend a few different toys. When a baby / child cannot stretch, run around or lay down they tend to get bored alot sooner then as if you were at home. So when I was on the road I had a box full of toys to keep Drake occupied.
A bjorn. You can be hands free and still have your LO with you and its kinda like stretching.
Maria, yea you cant! Not until they are 6 months. You dont want to put those chemicals on their little bodies yet.
I agree with everything so far! We flew with DD1 at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 1 year. I think that 2.5 months is actually one of the easiest times to fly with a baby, because they still sleep a lot!
I also always bring a copy of the baby's birth certificate AND immunization records. Southwest Airlines requires one of these documents as proof of age, but I take both just in case!
Every airline has different requirements as far as which baby items are considered "freebies" and which ones aren't. Car seats and strollers usually fly for free, but if you're taking a pack-n-play, that's hit-or-miss. Check the website before you go!!!!!
You ARE allowed to bring breastmilk on the plane in bottles. If you do, make sure the bottles are clear, because that increases the chance that they will be able to use the electrical scanner instead of having to open the bottle up. The other two ways that they check for explosives are to open the bottle and hold a little sensor above it or to dip a strip into a sample of the milk (which they will pour out... and I think this is an older method, so you prob won't have to deal with this). Also, I usually put an ice pack in with the breastmilk, but I make sure it's a labeled one, like the ones that came with my pump. No one has ever given me *%&^ about that, but I think they can if they want to...
If you bring a stroller and/or carseat to gate-check on the plane, you will have to fold it up and send it through the x-ray machine. The same is true for a carrier, so if you use a wrap, you will have to unwrap it and carry the baby through, then re-wrap after security.
If you use formula or plan to bring some as a back-up, you will have to buy bottled water in the airport for mixing. They won't let you carry it on, unless the formula is pre-mixed.
I ALWAYS travel with saline nose drops (and nasal aspirator), Baby Orajel, and baby Tylenol, as well as a small vial of Vaseline and a rectal thermometer. The liquid/gel items all have to go in your quart-sized liquids bag, if you choose to take them.
ON THE PLANE
When you hand over your boarding passes, make sure that you stack them so that the person the baby is linked to gets scanned first, followed immediately by the baby. Otherwise, it sets off a little alarm and they have to re-scan your tickets in the right order (minor issue, but you don't want to tick off the other passengers in line BEFORE you get on the plane, LOL!).
I tried my best to postpone nursing until we actually pushed back from the gate and started toward the runway, because DD1 did not consistently take a pacifier. Sometimes this meant splitting a feeding so that I could top her off while we were actually taking off. It worked great, though!
If you bring a carrier/wrap (which I HIGHLY recommend), "technically" the baby is NOT permitted to be in the wrap during take-off and landing. Whether you are asked to remove it will be entirely up to the flight attendants.
Only some airplanes have changing tables, and they are crazy small! Also, I must say that the changing tables on airplanes and in airports are some of the "yuckier" ones I have seen, so I usually bring puppy pads to use and throw away instead of my usual re-usable changing pad. This also means that you don't have to worry if he has an accident on the pad! Oh, and bring a few plastic shopping bags for poopy diapers... even though breastmilk poop doesn't smell THAT bad, it's a nice thought for your fellow travelers .
If you are flying Southwest and they have extra seats on the plane, they will issue your baby a boarding pass at the gate if you have the infant car seat, so I'd plan to gate-check the car seat so you have it just in case! Almost all car seats now are technically FAA approved for flying, but the flight attendant may still ask to see the label. It should be written IN RED somewhere on the car seat, but I'd locate that before you get on the plane so you can point it out quickly if you're asked.
Finally, should a change in pressure occur during the flight, oxygen masks will drop down from above. Pull the mask toward you to begin the flow of oxygen, then place it over your nose and mouth and tighten with the straps. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen will flow to the mask. Remember to secure your mask before assisting others!
I've never flown on a plane. Most travelling I've done was a 5 hour bus ride when he was about 2 months old. I just had his diaper bag, a few bottles, and a couple toys. It went much easier than I expected, he was an angel. Either slept or looked out the window.