We taking a three hour flight in August and I don't know what to do. I have flown before but not with a baby. I choose a flight at night thinking she will sleep the whole way, but i'm not sure if this will be the case. Since this is our first flight i need to know about what I should bring like toys, portable crib, etc. I know with the price of extra bags I only want to bring what is needed. Also, I heard you can carry the car seat all the way to the gate. Is this true? Does it cost to check a car seat base? Help!!
I know that when I flew with my oldest for the first time I was nervous and did not know what to expect. But as far as the car seat goes I was able to carry it right onto the plane with me and keep her in it. She slept most the time there and it was a day flight so I did not have any problems, I did bring her diaper bag with bottles and a few toys on there to keep her entertained if she were to wake up. I am not sure about the portable crib as I did not bring one with me. I do not remember it costing to check the car seat base but you can always check with the air line while booking the seats they should be able to answer that. I hope this helps a little bit.
Did you book a seat for your daughter, or is she going to be in your lap? When we took our kids on a 5-hour flight a few months back, we checked both of their seats. My daughter was on my lap, and my son is big enough to not need a car seat on the plane. When we flew a few years ago, we bought my son a seat so that he could ride in his car seat.
If she's going to be on your lap, it will make your life a lot easier to check the car seat. Most, if not all, airlines allow you to check a car seat for free. They also usually have an allowance for an extra carry on item when traveling with an infant. If you check the website for the airline you're using they will probably have details on their FAQ section.
As for the flight, the biggest thing is to make sure that she's sucking on something during take off and landing. If she's breastfed, make sure she's nursing. Otherwise, have bottles ready for each time.
Great comments! I flew with my little one a few times while I was nursing and feeding during take off and landing definitely helps! Also make sure to take birth certificate and/or shot records. Sometimes those are needed as well.
i just came back from puerto rico with 3 lil ones and one of them was a 7 month alone!!!.. and it was ok. i had alot of carry ons along with my reg check in bag. i used a double stroller and that seemed to work best for me. i had alot of help at the airport to and from/ you can take your car seat and stroller and take it right to the gate and they will tag it for you at no charge.. that was my fear too. since my lil one is so small.. i packed all of clothes and stuff in one bag. my other 2 i had thier clothes folded and put in smaller plastic bags and carried them on as well at no charge..in a small carry on bag. along with a diaper bag and my laptop.
as for my 7 mo he was fine all the way threw the whole trip and not a peep out of him.. he slept along with the other 2.
there was another lil one sitting behind me and she was fine too. if your worried you can give him some tylonal to help him sleep.. some even say benadril.. but i didnt need to.
they will go threw your bags so when you pack your stuff.. put them in a clear ziplock bag.. its easier on you and them. i packed my baby the already made formula and i did not open them.. and if they question you about it.. just say that you dont know how your trip is gonna end cause your ride may never show and the airport dont sell your formula.. or they may loose your other baggage. but i didnt have any issues at all with security.. they were very nice to me. my 6 yr old set off the alarms but they didnt touch her.. they tested me by rubbing a cloth over my hands and putting it in a machine.. but it was ok.. the pat down was ok too.. if you make a big deal out of it.. thats when you raise a red flag.. but if your calm youll be ok.
so if your going to a new airport that you know nothing about,, give yourself alot of extra time cause i barely made it but i had alot of help and pushed threw.
if you did your tickets on line.. make sure you have all the copies with you showing that its paid and your time and dates.. just incase theres an errror on thier end like they did with my tickets..
i didnt take anything with me for the baby cause we werent home long enough for him to use the stuff. my baby slept with me so i didnt need a crib/ but he was lost without his swing and walker but he learned how to crawl and scoot on the floor that week.
take a baby carrier if you have one cause sometimes they are more better then pushing a stroller all day. i did and was thankful i took it. we did caves and site seeing that couldnt use a stroller.
best wishes. but you will be fine. the ppl at the airport was great with me all the way.. and dont forget to tip that makes thier day go better
Depending on the airline you take there are different rules we are leaving friday for fla which is a 2.5 hr flight. my daughter is 11 weeks old. They said that bringing a breast pump is considered a medical device and can go on the plane for free but they now charge for carry on items so my husband and myself are allowed one personal item each one has to be her diaper bag. They let you gate check my combo carseat/stroller. I am going to try to fit my bumbo into our suitcase so she has something there ( we use that for her baths and a seat) but they said they will charge 35$ each extra item ex bumbo or pack and play or bouncer. We are bringing a few toys what we can fit in iur 2 suitcases. We are going to nurse her for take off and landing. Hope this helps I was worried also so i im the airline and they answered all my questions.
The most recent advice I've read about taking your baby on a plane is to tell the passengers next to you that you are flying out for the taping of a new TV show, featuring [insert female actress's name here], and your baby will be her son/daughter. People will think his/her crying is cute and you will be off the hook.
But seriously, your baby will feel your stress and your anxiety, and no toy, book or stuffed animal will soothe him/her. The best thing you can do is to stay calm, relax, and accept the fact that people around you will look at you with either the "what a cute baby" look or the "I can't believe there is an infant on MY flight" look. Smile at the first ones, ignore the others and be as normal as possible around your baby. He/She should not feel like this is anything out of the ordinary.
Buy new toys to take on the flight in case she is awake and wants to play. That way there, she's interested and occupied. Introduce them one by one so she doesn't get bored with them all at once. You can take the stroller and car seat/base to the airplane and they will take them when you board and get them out immediately when you land at no extra cost. You just have to get a "claim at the gate" tag from the attendent working at the gate. Call your airline ahead of time. I've only flown Southwest with my infant. They wanted either his shot records or a copy of his birth certificate also. Make sure you take advantage of your free bags even if they're carry-on. Other than that, when the plane is about to take off, bounce your baby up and down and say "Yayyyy" or something loud to distract her. That's what I did the 5 times we've flown with my son who was 6 months old and 8 months old at the time and he didn't even get a chance to know what was really happening. Don't fret. No one will want to sit by you and give you dirty looks but you'll show them when your angel is playing nice and sleeping! Good luck!