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Old 20.01.2012, 22:28
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first time air travel with a five month old

we will be traveling with our little one very soon. may be Swiss air or Emirates...
there are so many questions in mind. do you have to guide, warn, tell something
can we carry our car seat with the trolly?
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Old 20.01.2012, 22:51
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

Check this links, helped me a lot!
I traveled with 6 months old baby.
Good luck and relax. :-)

http://www.babycenter.com/100_guide-...by_10346214.bc

http://www.swiss.com/web/EN/Pages/se...g=L_EN&sf=F_EN
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

Before they are mobile it is actually the easiest time to travel.

Check with the airline as to whether you can take the car seat actually into the cabin; or if it is long haul, book a basinette when you book the seats (I think they are generally only up to about 6 months so you need to check the age of little one).

And something to help with ear ache. Bottle of milk, soother or baby on your lap as you go up and down so you can feed.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

you can.. but be very careful that it doesn't fall off..

Make sure to take your baby björn, or other baby carrier, onto the plane- it makes it so much easier to get on and to get off. (especially if you are travelling alone with baby- with 2 people of course, things are easier).

Dont take the pram with you, its just an extra hassle- do take a change of clothes for yourself (& of course the baby), in case the baby throws up on you(!)

A bottle (or breast) for take off and landing (yes, they let you take both on the plane)

And dont worry about what anyone else thinks(!) They will all have a happier flight, if your baby is happy.
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

Lots of information and tips on this thread about travelling with a baby. I think there is another thread on the subject too. Perhaps someone else can remember it.
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

so much useful information...few points should have not even come in my mind...what would have i done without you all

can someone please confirm this point from someone so that i can also follow the same...seems like a good point

"I swear by Navisin saline nose spray before take off and landing. I did long haul to Sydney twice and once to Malaysia and no crying
I pitied the other mums who were stuck with a screaming kid when the pressure started changing."
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

travelled so much when my son was an infant- the breast is best for ear pressure! enjoy- easiest to travel when they're little- it becomes more complicated after 1!

good luck and safe trip!
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so much useful information...few points should have not even come in my mind...what would have i done without you all

can someone please confirm this point from someone so that i can also follow the same...seems like a good point

"I swear by Navisin saline nose spray before take off and landing. I did long haul to Sydney twice and once to Malaysia and no crying
I pitied the other mums who were stuck with a screaming kid when the pressure started changing."
Nasivin is not natural spray but FLUIMARE (salt sea water) is 100% natural.
That is my opinion.
And you can use it 100 times per day, every day. Nasivin only 5-6 days.... :-)
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

i woundn't spray anything up a 5 month olds nose. Not even water. But maybe thats just me.

Just stay calm and happy. Baby will feel your agitation if you don't, and to be honest, even if it is The Trip From Hell for you, know that it will end, and that you will live to tell and laugh about it afterwards

Read thru some of the post that Longbyt mentioned, and take everything as pointers, not as gospel-truth.
Your baby is a unique individual.
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

have traveled long haul flights ever since my kid was a month old. breast milk is the best for those pressure changes. i have never had any issues with my kid - no cryings, no tantrums. do book a bassinet if it is a long haul flight. it will indeed give you some relaxing time. i do not know about the car seat - you can take that upto the entrance of the air plane and at least the pram is taken away at that time. i have never traveled with a car seat for my kid.

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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

I traveled with my 3 month old to India using a Baby Bjorn carrier it was perfect. I told that Emirates have strollers in the airport in Dubai if you need to use one. Unless you need a stroller at the other end of your journey, it is better to just carry the baby in a child carrier and check-in the stroller.

Others have already provided good suggestions - like extra clothing for yourself and the baby, as well as a pacifier/bottle/or breastfeeding the baby on take off and landing.

Good luck and have a great trip
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

One thing about milk on takeoff and landing - remember that you need to time it so that little bubba is drinking when the pressure begins to change. This is not immediately at takeoff but quite a bit later. There's nothing more annoying than giving your little one milk right at takeoff in firm belief that you're doing the right thing only to find that he's had his fill just before the pressure changes and ends up suffering despite a full belly of milk.

I still use a car seat for my 4 year old - usually need it at the other end, and it makes for more comfortable travel. Remember that you're hardly ever guaranteed a basinet until you're onboard. The use of them is at the discretion of the pilot. Although pilots will almost always allow them and they'll be given to those who requested first, I don't know if I'd count on one as a hard and fast part of my flight plan.

And yeah, I agree. When they're really little, travel is a lot easier.
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

We flew with our daughter when she was four months old it was a breeze, but we got stuck without the pram at the gate on arrival, so I would take a carrier on the flight.

As the person that mentioned Nasivin in the other thread, I wouldn't recommend using it on small babies. You can also get saline drops, but I don't know if that would help with the pressure changes.

We fly every year and a bit back home, 22 hours with the kids at different ages and the baby age is the easiest. Our next flight back home our daughter will be 2 1/2 - an i'm not looking forward to that flight!
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

I heard that a baby dummy does the same trick as milking on take off n landing.
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

actually i asked about car seat because i want to use it in my home country and not in the plane...my baby's best bed is my hubby's tummy and that is going along so no worries about that
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

We always fly with my son's carseat - makes our life easier.

Like others mention, breast or bottle or pacifier (although we've never had any problems).

We rarely travel with a stroller and exclusively use an Ergo carrier. I am in charge of carrying the baby and diaper bag while my husband turned the car seat upside down and attaches it to the carry on. This system seems to work well for us.

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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

Hi lots of good information on the thread. how much you need depends on the length of the flight of course but here's my recommendation.

for a 5 month old:
* nasal drops as suggested in case he is congested and needs some relief.
* i have them from the states but haven't seen equivalent here yet... "boogie wipes". they are saline soaked wipes which are great for cleaning little noses and they are gentle. I often twist them so I can GENTLY insert them in his nose to clear any boogers. You could make your own by soaking a tissue in saline solution.
* homeopathic teething tablets, or your teething remedy of choice. if the teeth kick off on a long haul flight... well it's no fun for anyone.
* fully loaded - but compact - diaper bag with diapers, wipes, disposal bags, cream, change of clothes, (top for mama) and consider a breastfeeding cover. both my kids rejected them so i just covered up as best i could and mostly didn't care what people thought.
* a couple of toys or small books to distract him. something crinkly or squeaky. ideally something he can chew on if he is teething.
* per other posts, a carrier or sling. it is just easier for you to move around if both hands are free. if you are not used to a sling... practice before you fly!
* ditch the stroller unless you really need it at the other end. if it's a family trip perhaps it's worth buying a cheap stroller at the other end and leaving it there for future use.
* we did the car seat for my first son. were it not such a good and expensive seat we would have left it at the side of the road every time. i don't know what to say. it is by far the safest way for your child to travel on a plane. but what a load to carry with you. my husband has a bad neck injury so it made it worse for us. carrying diaper bag, my bag, kid, and car seat was just too much. security checks were horrendous. you can get one of those wheelie converters so you can push the car seat... if you find one in CH then grab it but don't expect your kid to sit in it... they are at foot level which is scary for a small child in a busy airport. we got a carrier instead to wear it on our back and it was a waste of money. we hauled the thing just as awkwardly carrier or not. it was also very hard to fit the car seat into the plane and as our child got bigger he had no leg room at all. the last time we took it for him we ended up asking the stewards to store it for us (not v popular). however... your own car seat is also safer than any rubbish car seat from a car hire company, especially for a small baby. so there are a lot of pros to bringing it with you. and a lot to leaving it at home. think about it and if you are travelling solo... definitely consider leaving the car seat at home. as a final point... don't check your car seat as luggage. the way they get banged around can be as bad as a car accident and can reduce the effectiveness of your seat. if you do end up checking it... inspect it carefully afterwards for any cracks or damage.
* DON'T be tricked into trying benadryl or equivalents to "calm them". first of all it's not for babies and second of all... it fires some kids up instead of drugging them to sleep. yes that is what you would be doing... drugging your child.
* plenty of water and snacks for mom and dad.
* wear clothes that are easy for breastfeeding and don't overexpose you.
* landing and take off are best on breast but if you are bottle feeding then obviously you need all your bottle and milk supplies for the duration of the flight and beyond. as a previous poster said... keep them sipping slowly until you are fully in the air.
* finally... a good sense of humour, the knowledge that it doesn't matter what the other passengers think - if your child is crying that's your primary concern not them. an introductory smile for everyone around you without assuming they want to know every detail about little ____ and perhaps a brief "hello, he's never travelled before and I don't know what to expect... sorry in advance if he's upset and crying". a little human touch goes a long long way with people.

best of luck with your trip.
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I heard that a baby dummy does the same trick as milking on take off n landing.
Indeed. I was using dummy for my 14 months old baby on our 22 hours trip. It worked well. He seemed relaxed during take off and landing. Just the bassinet was too small (short) for him so he didn't like to be in there. And guess.... he finally fallen sleep in the last 2 hours of our trip.
That moment I was thinking would be good if we brought a car seat. I guess that's would be for our next trip with a toddler and a babygirl. But the little one might can still lay comfortable in the bassinet
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

This is the kind of thread that should be made a sticky given that it seems to get asked every few months....
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Re: first time air travel with a five month old

we've done 5 flights with our 5 month old already, with another international trip coming up next week, and the one thing I can definitely tell you is each one is a little bit different For all the flights, I have had my hubby with me, so this is what I have found works when there are two of you. If there is only one, then travel light - get as much on the other side as you can from friends if you can!

- get to the airport early so you can go to the counter to check in and deal with an actual human who can tell you all kinds of wonderful things like if the plane is not full and there is an empty seat that they will happily give you for the little one, or if the airport that you are changing flights at will bring the stroller to you or if it will go straight through to the next flight - all are different. Most airports have family areas - ask when you check in where it is and you can have a place to go where there is at least a clean change table and usually some other little ones for yours to watch or, as they get older, play with to pass the time saving those precious few items you could fit into the bag with you for the actual plane ride.

- we have a car seat that attaches to a quinny stroller, so it is very light weight and compact when broken down. We have been able to take the car seat onto the plane with us 2 of the 5 flights - once as there was an empty seat so we could plunk the little guy into his very own seat without being charged for it, the other time we could just put it up in the overhead bin as it folded down and the bins were big enough. The other times, the planes were a bit smaller so the bins couldn't fit the seat, so it was checked at the gate with our stroller - and as it is put in a special place in checked bags, it seems to be a bit safer as no scratches have appeared. We also have always needed a car seat on the other end, so it was a must to bring.

- pillow - I have a boppy breast feeding pillow so it's small enough to wrap around my sides and still fit in an airplane seat, but I know most people over here have the super long pillows that won't quite work. However, if you bring a stroller, you can easily slide a normal pillow under it so you aren't carrying it and it has proved to be a life saver on the flights when we didn't have the car seat or bassinet. No one bats an eye at it as an extra piece of carry on luggage, so don't worry about that. The little guy ate on the way up, fell asleep and just slept there for most of the trip. made it a bit awkward to eat, but hubby and I took turns eating so I could just use his tray to keep things on and for once it helped that airlines serve all food items in a number of little dishes

- security - have one of you deal with the stroller and baby and the other deal with the actual carry on bags - especially so you don't forget to tell them that you have formula or even breast milk in bottles! As long as you tell them, they let you bring whatever is reasonable for the length of the flight and 1-2 extra feeds for the other side. If you forget, then they might ask you a million extra questions.

And don't feel like you have to rush!! It is the nature of the event that you feel sorry for everything, but reality is, you ARE going to take a bit longer but you absolutely need to stay calm and not get flustered otherwise little one will start to wonder what the problem is and really make it a problem. Just relax, you are not the first person to fly with a baby. If they cry, they cry - do what you normally do to calm them down. For some, the airplane noise is a wonderful sleep inducer, for others, they have no idea what is going on and need to be reassured that much more - you stressing about them crying will only make things worse as they will wonder what really is wrong since you are all worked up too!
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