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#1 blanky88

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

Hi guys,

I'm going to the UK this week with my 2 month old....got any tips for me while on the plane? I've heard I should try and feed DS during take off and landing.

Also, is there anything special I should bring on the flight? I've just got nappies, wipes, spit cloths, wraps, spare clothes etc....have I forgetten something?

Getting a bit nervous about the flight... ohmy.gif

Thanks!

#2 elmo_mum

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

we just flew with mr 8months actual (5months corrected)

on take off and landing he just sucked his dummy!

also bring some toys to play with.. but at 2 months you should be fine - would just be take off and landing....

#3 Ice Queen

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

A pretty easy age I think!

If you are breastfeeding, you are going to need to drink INSANE amounts of water.  You get dehydtrated flying without bfeeding so you will really need to watch it.  Last thing you want is to have no milk by the time you get there.  Drink heaps in the morning before you leave for the airport and have a bottle with you at all times, and just keep drinking it in all the queues etc.  Also I would pack some healthy snacks for yourself.  It can be 2 hrs between getting to the airport and finally getting on the plane, then another 2 hrs before any decent sized food.

And have a carrier like an BB or an Ergo or something.  Great for airports and keeps your handsfree.

#4 IsolaBella

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

Normal sleeping bag / wrap.  Flannie blanket to use as sheet on the bassinet bed ( if you are fortunate enough to get one - confirm even 48 hrs beforehand, check in as early as possible, get to airport early).

Baby Bjorn or sling for airport. Use a backpack as you hand luggage as it leaves your hands free.

Keep nappies/ wipes easily accessible.


#5 IsolaBella

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

Spare clothes for you.

Power poo or power chuck and it s a long way to sit in soggy stinky clothes.


Edited by lsolaBella, 04 December 2012 - 03:38 PM.


#6 blanky88

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

These are great tips! Thanks guys!!!

Ehill I would have never thought about drinking EXTRA water!

#7 LJandAJ

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

Maybe some Baby Panadol, you never know when thier first Temp will be.

#8 Bunsen the feral

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

A handful of zip lock bags to hold any soiled/wet clothes - from personal experience there is nothing worse than walking through customs with a bright yellow "biohazard" bag (DS1 and the poonami - he was 1 at the time though and took out a full outfit and sleeping bag, not to mention several items belonging to the airline that had to be removed for incineration)

Good luck, 2 months would be about the ideal age to fly I think!

#9 katykins

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:58 PM

Don't forget their passport!

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 04/12/2012, 01:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Spare clothes for you.

Power poo or power chuck and it s a long way to sit in soggy stinky clothes.

The only 2 times I haven't taken a change of clothes, I've been spewed on.  The first time was a 1-hour flight! and the second time was last month with 3, 4 and 7yo.

Baby Panadol.  I take it on every flight, and when I took 5mo DS1 to the UK, I gave him some about an hour out of London because he was inconsolable.

They have loads of water on the plane - when I flew with 2-week-old DD, the flight attendants kept me constantly stocked up with water and told me if I wasn't drinking enough!

Call the airline about a bassinet.  Travel agents will tell you they are assigned as you check in, the airlines we've travelled have assured me they are assigned by age, youngest first.

R

#11 IsolaBella

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

Yes thermometer and baby pandol are good things to take too.



#12 Ice Queen

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:38 PM

Ha ha....re the spare clothes for mum (which btw never fit as you have so much stuff for bubs) I got wee'ed on on the takeoff of a UK flight.....no spare clothes and 24hrs to go....!

On that point I always dress the kids in cheap, cra@py kmart clothes or something like that.  No stinky, pooped on outfit is getting carried through customs with me.  Straight in the airplane bin!  Some things I just dont need THAT much.

#13 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

QUOTE (Ehill @ 04/12/2012, 04:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A pretty easy age I think!

If you are breastfeeding, you are going to need to drink INSANE amounts of water.  You get dehydtrated flying without bfeeding so you will really need to watch it.  Last thing you want is to have no milk by the time you get there.  Drink heaps in the morning before you leave for the airport and have a bottle with you at all times, and just keep drinking it in all the queues etc.  Also I would pack some healthy snacks for yourself.  It can be 2 hrs between getting to the airport and finally getting on the plane, then another 2 hrs before any decent sized food.

And have a carrier like an BB or an Ergo or something.  Great for airports and keeps your handsfree.


Terrible advice! You DO know, PP, that constantly drinking water in the way you describe can actually kill you?

You don't actually get dehydrated on a plane - your eyes and mouth get dry due to the dry air, but you don't get dehydrated per se as you would on a hot day. Drink no more water than your normally would, and absolutely don't get so hung up on this modern bizarre fear of dehydration that you drink too much water - people die from this regularly!

#14 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE (Ehill @ 04/12/2012, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On that point I always dress the kids in cheap, cra@py kmart clothes or something like that.  No stinky, pooped on outfit is getting carried through customs with me.  Straight in the airplane bin!  Some things I just dont need THAT much.



As for this - wow, just wow. And this is why people over in the global warming thread are so stressed. Because people like YOU ain't be bothered washing some baby poo and would rather THROW OUT an otherwise perfectly good outfit.

Just appalling.

#15 Lilymoon

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

QUOTE (MsN @ 04/12/2012, 04:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As for this - wow, just wow. And this is why people over in the global warming thread are so stressed. Because people like YOU ain't be bothered washing some baby poo and would rather THROW OUT an otherwise perfectly good outfit.

Just appalling.



You would think they would be more worried about the impact of flying on global warming!

#16 Ice Queen

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (MsN @ 04/12/2012, 02:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Terrible advice! You DO know, PP, that constantly drinking water in the way you describe can actually kill you?

You don't actually get dehydrated on a plane - your eyes and mouth get dry due to the dry air, but you don't get dehydrated per se as you would on a hot day. Drink no more water than your normally would, and absolutely don't get so hung up on this modern bizarre fear of dehydration that you drink too much water - people die from this regularly!


Well having done about 30 long haul flights in the past 10 years I feel I do know a little bit about this and yes I do get very dehydrated.  I am not at all a water freak normally but I do drink the amount I mentioned on a flight and I seem to still be alive. I may not be a dr but I do know when I am dehydrated.  And I have suffered with breastfeeding after a flight.

And for the 2 outfits that I have thrown in an airplane bin.....well gee sorry world.  I suspect getting a 2 day old pooped outfit clean would take more effort than it would to make it.  wacko.gif

Edited by Ehill, 04 December 2012 - 05:04 PM.


#17 BearBait

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

I developed mastitis on my last long haul with 3m old DD2 so knowing where the airport medical clinics were was helpful, ie: Raffles Medical Centre at Singapores Changi Airport.

This may sound fussy but I like the Indian Vegetarian meals so order those ahead of the flight (at least 48hrs).

Things I have used before on long haul with the under 1yo which I don't think others mentioned: thermometer, baby Panadol, nasal aspirator (NoseFrida) & saline solution, nappy sacs.

Enjoy the trip & best of luck.

#18 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (Ehill @ 04/12/2012, 05:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well having done about 30 long haul flights in the past 10 years I feel I do know a little bit about this and yes I do get very dehydrated.  I am not at all a water freak normally but I do drink the amount I mentioned on a flight and I seem to still be alive.

And for the 2 outfits that I have thrown in an airplane bin.....well gee sorry world.  I suspect getting a 2 day old pooped outfit clean would take more effort than it would to make it.  wacko.gif


Oooh, so you're a frequent traveller, you must know everything, huh? Let me now down in the face of your superior being-ness. Or better yet, how about we all about science rather than engage in 'my d*ck is bigger than yours' with regard to our respective flying experiences (which, having lived in many different countries and travelled extensively, trumps yours anyway).

http://health.ninemsn.com.au/healthnews/85...-could-kill-you
Try that, it's a pretty 'lay' article but explains the salient points of 'water poisoning'. Advising someone to drink 'INSANE' amounts of water is downright dangerous and idiotic. If you wish to do that to yourself in the belief that it is safe because you have yet to be made sick by it, by all means carry on. As for everyone else - you do not, under any circumstance, need excessive amounts of water to survive, even if breastfeeding, and it is dangerous to suggest that you do.

As for taking effort to clean clothes - soak in napisan or any other pre-soak, wash in washing machine. Not that hard. As opposed to growing cotton or making synthetics from petrochemicals drilled from the ground, spinning it into cloth, dyeing it, paying some lowly paid sweatshop worker to make it, ship it around the world, buy it, drive it home, use it a couple times and then send it to landfill. Hmm, let me think on it.... Which is worse for the world....

OP, travelling with a 2 month old is easy, especially if you are breastfeeding. Under four months is actually heaps easier than over it months, peak in difficulty (in my opinion) is crawling age until TV watching age (so 7-8 months to about 2.5 years). Just take spare clothes, lots of burp cloths, lots of spare nappies and lots of wipes (especially if you have extended transit periods. And a carrier of some sort. And book a bassinet seat.

#19 Ice Queen

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/tra...ghthealth.shtml

I have just found no less than 4 reputable websites with advice from dr's that the low humidity on a plane causes body dehydration as well as dry mouth and nose.  All recommend drinking water.

#20 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

QUOTE (Ehill @ 04/12/2012, 06:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/tra...ghthealth.shtml

I have just found no less than 4 reputable websites with advice from dr's that the low humidity on a plane causes body dehydration as well as dry mouth and nose.  All recommend drinking water.


I didn't say don't drink water. I said drink no more water than usual. I said that your advice to drink 'INSANE' amounts of water which included to drink heaps before you leave and then constantly including in the queues was frankly dangerous. No one, not even marathon runners, need 'INSANE' amounts of water, or need to drink constantly. Those that do get hyponatraemic, and the worst end result of hyponatraemia is seizures, vomiting and death.

#21 No-pants Agnodice

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

By the way, ONLY ON EB would there be a fight about WATER!

#22 LJandAJ

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

I forgot to add not to use 'all in one' outfits if possible, trying to wrangle buttons in a little airplane toilet with the change table down can be hard. The ''legging' type pants are comfy with a body suit or singlet and top. And make sof easier checking if they need a change whilst still in your seat.

Dont for get a couple different material blankets too, a thin one and a thicker one, it can get a bit cool on the plane when they are sleeping.

#23 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

If you're travelling with someone else ask the crew to stagger your meals so one of you is free for baby duty, specially if you don't get a bassinet. Take a multitude of wipes. Depending on the airline & crew they may be open to you leaving your baby in the Bjorn/Ergo with the infant belt on underneath. I felt much better with that arrangement than with the belt alone. Accept help, ask for help if you need it.It's a good age to fly long haul, pretty easy.

#24 tenar

Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

Dress baby in cute clothes, especially at first.  

The difference in reaction you'll get from the people around you can be depressing, but it's true: people will be more tolerant of a really cute baby than one in a boring plain outfit.  (I've experienced this myself traveling with DD1 when she was a baby).  

You are going to need those people's tolerance when you find yourself desperately trying to settle a crying bub or asking them to move so you can go to the loo to change a nappy for the 26th time.  

Pack your nappy-changing wallet so you can just grab a single small packet with change mat, nappy, wipes, any creams you use, and a change of clothes for bub.  That way you don't have to juggle a lot of bits and pieces out of a huge bag if you find that a change of clothes is warranted when you go to change the nappy.  

Bring a couple of blankets or bunny rugs and some pegs to peg them to the sides of the bassinet, if needed, so you can give baby a darker place to rest.  Our worst flight with DD1 was one where there was a bright large TV screen shining right into her eyes, providing constant noise and changing images.  Overstimulation plus.  

Enjoy your trip original.gif

#25 Shooz

Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:14 PM

I had my 7 month old in the baby bjorn most of the way to uk and back. He slept soundly and enjoyed being close to me. It made the transfers in airports easier too as carrying hand luggage and trying to find your passport/boarding pass whilst juggling a baby is hard! They make you take them out of the bassinette at the first sign of turbulence so it was more hassle to use it and keep disturbing him but definitely book one as its useful having those seats with the extra leg room and the space for all the extra stuff you have to take for baby.




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