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I just booked my first flight with LO. It's a relatively short trip (one layover, 5 hours total for both flights not counting time to/from airport). I'm renting a car and planning to bring his car seat. It'll be just the two of us.
Any tips for travelling with an infant? I've read up on some blog posts and travel guides, but if there is anything you all have found helpful, I'm all ears!
The only time I've flown with an infant, I wore and nursed her the whole flight. Worked beautifully- the sucking meant her ears didn't hurt, being worn and at the breast meant she was quiet and didn't disturb the other passengers. The worst part of the experience was the old Indian lady sitting next to to me on the return flight, who reached inside my sling to stroke my baby's cheek while she nursed. Awkward!
def use a carrier. It helps a lot. Just remember you cant wear it through security (yes all baby blankets have to go too!) and also for take off I remember they wouldnt let me wear DS. He had to be out. I will probably be booking our first trip soon for beginning of April.
The worst part of the experience was the old Indian lady sitting next to to me on the return flight, who reached inside my sling to stroke my baby's cheek while she nursed. Awkward!
Oh no! (I have noticed since having a baby that old ladies have terrible boundaries.)
I've read that I should bring the car seat through security and check it at the gate, like I would a stroller. Anyone do this? I can't find information on the airline's website. Also, recommendations on car seat travel cases?
Hi popping in from October 12 PR..I just traveled with my 4 month old and it was not stressful at all! I nursed him the entire 3 hour flight and he was happy as can be with that set up lol. I checked the stroller and car seat right at the gate. Blankets do have to go through X-ray so I suggest putting blankets in the diaper bag or another bag because the trays you put them in are filthy. If you are bringing any bottles of breasmilk that also goes through X-ray but does not have to be in a bag. They may want to test it by putting it in a box looking thing that detects explosives or chemicals. I refused it and did the strip test. They don't touch the milk at all but I did request the agent to change his gloves. I changed baby's diaper right before we boarded because there is no where to change on the plane...at least there wasn't on ours. You can call ahead of time and ask about a changing station on your flight. I also brought disinfectant wipes to wipe down the arm rests, seat belt, and anything else baby may touch or his blankets may touch. I'm not a germaphobe but I know they don't clean it! Good luck!!
We took our first trip when Dex was 4 weeks old from San Fran to New Orleans. He slept almost the enter time, plus nursed a bit. It was super easy at the newborn age! I held him in a carrier the whole time.
Also we brought a snap and go carseat/ stroller combo. You have to put car seat and stroller through x ray machine, but you can check them at the gate. Super easy!
Yap, I agree with using a carrier so you will have a hands free to carrier other things and with an easy on/off carrier so it would be faster to remove it when the security ask that your carrier be checked . With regards to nursing, I also nurse in my Action baby carrier even in public though they don't even notice me when I do it.. lol (I use the head cover). . so it would really be helpful to have one. Goodluck
Just got back from our trip - the flights went perfect!
I used a front carrier and had a button down shirt. I un-buttoned the buttons that allow access to nursing and pretty much let her have free reign when she wanted, and the front carrier kept me covered. She didn't make a peep the entire time! Four take offs and landings! yay! The last flight we were on a really small plane and when I stood up at the end every body started commenting how they didn't even know there was a baby on board!