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Old 10-04-2012, 03:03 PM   #16
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We were just on a six hour flight with our six month old!

Bring Wet Ones or other disinfectant wipes to wipe down the arm rests and tray tables. It's always the first thing I do after we board.

Sounds like you are well prepared!

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:38 PM   #17
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Be careful with this suggestion. Ethics aside, you should never give a new medication without consulting a doctor first (especially in this case, because there aren't instructions for infants on the bottle) and it's a bad idea to give any medication for the first time on a plane. (the kid could have an allergic reaction to an ingredient, then you're in even worse shape)

Also, from experience my kid wakes up as soon as the dose wears off and in an even crankier mood than he was before. For this reason, I hate giving him benadryl in general (though at times he does need it for a reaction) and I rue the day that he'll need it on a plane flight that's longer than 4 hours again.
Also, it's a pain in the butt to get through security, because it only comes in bottles larger than 3 oz.

In general, I've found that traveling with infants on planes isn't much different than taking care of them anywhere else. It's once they start walking that travel becomes difficult. Bring about twice as much perishable stuff as you anticipate needing for your whole travel time (not just the flight time - include travel time from home and until you get to somewhere you can replenish your supply at your destination). One suggestion I've heard is to pack 1 diaper for every hour of travel, and I've never gotten done with traveling with my kid and thought "man, I wish I would have packed fewer diapers." Same thing with food.
The extra change of clothes/shirt for yourself suggestion is also very good. I spilled a bottle of water on myself and my child on a plane once. That extra shirt was very well loved that day.

Bring some kind of carrier on the plane with you. You can't use it during take off or landing, but you can use it to walk the baby up and down the aisle hands-free.

Another good suggestion I've seen for formula users is to pre-measure out most feedings.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #18
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I have to second the extra clothes for adults. My brother was on a first class flight from Paris to NY with his 3 small kids. His 1 yr old son got sick on him and he had to sit in just a blazer no shirt under it for 6 hours.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:25 PM   #19
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i'd be careful about this too. my dd had to take benadryl once when 10 months for medical reasons and it made her so hyper. i definitely wouldn't try that without getting a dr.'s opinion and without trying it at home first either.

just make sure you have enough of the essentials: wipes, diapers, extra clothes, a couple pacifiers (if baby uses them), teething toys, etc. if you have an iphone, that always helped us with dd on the plane. we downloaded a lot of baby apps and she loved staring at them! she now is 2.5 and has her own ipad for all of the traveling we do and travels so well!
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:32 PM   #20
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I really liked having a baby carrier for when she slept. That way if I had to hold her (and I did), I would still have my hands free.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #21
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i'd be careful about this too. my dd had to take benadryl once when 10 months for medical reasons and it made her so hyper. i definitely wouldn't try that without getting a dr.'s opinion and without trying it at home first either.

just make sure you have enough of the essentials: wipes, diapers, extra clothes, a couple pacifiers (if baby uses them), teething toys, etc. if you have an iphone, that always helped us with dd on the plane. we downloaded a lot of baby apps and she loved staring at them! she now is 2.5 and has her own ipad for all of the traveling we do and travels so well!
Started downloading onto our Ipad

As far as I'm concerned the benydryl comment was just made to make the Moms (especially me) have a fit.

I do know there are often adults I would like to drug on the planes, especially going overseas.
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Started downloading onto our Ipad

As far as I'm concerned the benydryl comment was just made to make the Moms (especially me) have a fit.

I do know there are often adults I would like to drug on the planes, especially going overseas.
That's great! There are so many cute little apps for little ones! When we flew home from Puerto Rico over the summer (a 4.5 hour plane ride) our DD never made a peep! She watched and played with the ipad the entire trip!

And I couldn't have said it better myself: "I do know there are often adults I would like to drug on the planes, especially overseas!" I couldn't agree more!!!!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:04 AM   #23
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After flying with all our kids as infants, I can tell you bring a shirt for the adults, fold it into a gallon ziplock bag. If the current shirt gets soiled, you have somewhere to put it where you wont smell it.

Also make sure to take receiving blankets in Ziplocks. They work as awesome giant burp clothes, especially if baby spits up all over, or your lap gets soaked by something.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:10 PM   #24
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I would bring a few pacifier clips to help ensure that pacis stay off the floor. I'd also bring a couple of Sippy Pal tethers for the bottle. I know you're still holding the bottle at this point, but it will just be one more thing to ensure that the bottle doesn't find it's way to the floor of the plane.

I'm sure you know this since you've traveled quite a bit, but try to have your little guy drink from his bottle during take off & landing. That will help his ears pop, alleviating ear pressure.

I agree with others who suggest packing more than you think you'll need. I always packed 24 hours worth of formula & diapers. We used Playtex Nursers so we brought 2 bottles & enough liners to get us through 24 hours. We kept clean nipples & liners in one ziploc & put used nipples in another ziploc.

I'd also bring a few new toys & books that he's never seen before. Bring those out one at a time when he gets bored. Remember to pack extra in your suitcase for the ride home.
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Years ago my Dr told me to buy a package of brightly colored toothbrushes. My dd loved the colors and also chewing on them.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #26
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I HIGHLY recommend making sure you have a baby carrier. Beco Gemini is my favorite buckle carrier at that age. It's SO much easier to get through the airport that way!
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Extremely grateful for this thread!

Will be taking our 2 1/2 month old son to the World in Dec and had no clue of what to pack in his diaper bag,

I do have one question. Will I be allowed to breastfeed him during the takeoff and landing?
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I do have one question. Will I be allowed to breastfeed him during the takeoff and landing?
Absolutely!! I assume he is a lap baby, so no issue at all. He'll probably sleep through the flight after that

We are talking about TTC #2, but also talking about taking DD (who will be 3) to WDW next Nov/early Dec. If all timing works out, I may have a 2 month old then too - and I'm more comfortable taking an infant out and about than I would have been the first time. So it's good to see others have done it as well
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Absolutely!! I assume he is a lap baby, so no issue at all. He'll probably sleep through the flight after that

We are talking about TTC #2, but also talking about taking DD (who will be 3) to WDW next Nov/early Dec. If all timing works out, I may have a 2 month old then too - and I'm more comfortable taking an infant out and about than I would have been the first time. So it's good to see others have done it as well
Thank you! I was thinking he would be treated like an 'electronic device' and couldn't feed him until I was told to do so
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Wanted to let you know he did just great!
Thank you so much for all the advice. Although I would have preferred a shorter flight as our first trip I feel very prepared for our Nov. & Dec. Florida trips.
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