Jump to content

Flight with 2 month old
Got any tips?


  • Please log in to reply
33 replies to this topic

#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 VeritasVinum

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 VeritasVinum

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 VeritasVinum

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 Fright bat

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 Fright bat

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 Chomskyite

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 Fright bat

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 Fright bat

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 Fright bat

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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.