Flying with 3 month old
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, Dec 18 2012 07:07 PM
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:07 PM
We're flying on the weekend to Melbourne from Brisbane so only a short flight. But I get really anxious in unfamiliar situations so I'm fretting that I don't know what will happen with DS on the plane.
Can someone talk me through the infant belts - where do they go on him?
He'll be in the carrier in the airport - I then have to take that off for take-off AND landing yes?
I keep reading to breastfeed him to help with pressure in the ears - can I do that with the infant belt?
Thanks for easing my anxiety - if I know what to expect I'll feel ok!
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:18 PM
It will be fine. The infant belt slips over yours, and then goes around the baby's middle, like your belt goes around you. It's very easy to lie the baby down to feed while the belt is on.
You do have to take them out of the carrier for takeoff and landing, which is annoying.
I've found the flight attendants to be very helpful, always willing to provide food early/keep it warm, and hold the baby if needed.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:18 PM
The infant belt is just an extra loop with it's own buckle (which you can pull tight). It attaches to your seat belt and is easy to work out. If you have it pulled tight around the baby's lap it would be difficult to breastfeed at the same time. You can try for a feed just before take off when you are seated if feeds make him sleepy, and the inertia at take off will often make them fall asleep. Or loosen the belt a little to feed more if he gets fussy when you are half way up.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:23 PM
i did this exact flight on sunday with our 3 month old DS and it was fine, don't worry!
you need to take the carrier off for airport security too. take a dummy or be prepared to feed baby for take off and landing so his little ears don't hurt. other than that, it will be a breeze. AND you get to hop on the plane first too!
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:25 PM
I have flown when my babies were 3 months and it's a good age to travel. As PP said the hostess will give you a infant belt when you board (or when seated) and ask if you have used it before, if not, will show you what to do. Try to hold off feeding until take off, then you can sort of twist bub a little to feed while still in the seat belt. Remember to wear loose, accessible clothing and ask for a small pillow if it helps. If you sit near the window then you won't need a cover wrap if you're worried about flashing when feeding.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:33 PM
Thank you all very much, I will have a collection of dummies as well so if I can't twist him around to feed as you suggest, I can use them to soothe on take-off/landing.
you need to take the carrier off for airport security too.
That I didn't know, thank you!
Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:38 PM
My top tip for travelling on a plane with a BF young baby is to avoid poo-splosions by covering the disposable nappy with a cloth nappy cover/pilchers if you have them! Mine always seemed to time massive poos for the moment when you push out from the terminal (and have a good 20-30 minutes of seatbelt sign being on before you can get up to change them!).
Flight attendants are usually really helpful and will show you how to use the infant belt and give you a pillow for feeding.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:44 PM
My tip is an extra outfit for you AND your baby. Something about the change in air pressure seems to cause poo-plosions.
Agree with PPs re seatbelt being easy
Good luck, you'll be a pro in not time.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:54 PM
The infant belts look like this:
So your seatbelt goes through the loop. The flight attendants will walk your through it.
The tip about feeding when taking off and landing is a good one. I did quite a lot of flying when my eldest was little and we never had any problems with her ears. There is something about the vibration/white noise of the plane that put my baby to sleep. If your baby is asleep I wouldn't wake them up to do this (just be ready in case they do wake up and are uncomfortable).
Good luck - this is probably the easiest age to travel with
Edited by l-m-n-o-p, 19 December 2012 - 03:54 PM.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:55 PM
Definitely ask for a window seat and a pillow, preferably the window on the side you intend to breast feed on so his little head is protected.
I always change him last thing before we get on the plane so his nappy is as fresh as possible.
The belt is loose enough that you can have him cuddled towards you for feeding. Breastfeeding always worked for me on take off and landing: now he is 16 months we just use a dummy and he has never had ear problems.
I have found that I often get an empty seat next to me when I travel with DS. And the attendants are usually very lovely.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:12 PM
Get to the airport early & ask if they have a bassinet seat available, we found it wonderful flying from Perth To Melb when DS was 5 months old, I rocked him to sleep then popped him in, gave us a break!
Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:50 PM
I did the Brisbane to Melbourne flight on my own with my daughter when she was 11 weeks and it went really well. The carrier has to come off for security and take off and landing, I pretty much decidedthe flight was short enough that once I had her on the plane there wasn't much point putting it back on. Breastfeeding or a bottle is a great idea on take off, in my experience Qantas will give you a pillow straight away, Virgin and Jetstar you might be lucky.
I have done Brisbane to Darwin on my own as well and found when she was getting bored a quick trip up and down the aisle gave her plenty of faces/colours/things to look at and got chilled her out a bit. ON that flight the carrier is a godsend on the plane!
If you have someone with you, it is heaps easier, but amazingly people actually do offer to help if you are on your own with a baby and have a bunch of bags to deal with. Definitely don't expect a lot of help when the queue starts to get on board though, there is something about that rush to get on the steel tube that turns people a bit nasty. The main thing to remember is if you are calm the baby will be calmer, my partner and I had taken a really short flight when Georgia was 4 weeks old and I knew from that she didn't react much with the change in pressure so was pretty sure she would be fine with a boob in her mouth, which made me a lot more relaxed about the whole thing.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:08 AM
Just a couple of other things that I've founr work when flying with the little bubs.
create a couple of little packaages with the minimum you need for changing bubs that you can take to the change room if you need to change them in flight - theres no room in the change rooms for a big nappy bag. I fing a zip lock bag with a nappy a couple of wipes and a disposable change mat worked well (or one of those nappy change wallets if you have on)
take a small bag that you'll be able to fit under your seat - the last thing you want is to have to keep getting up to get stuff out of overhead lockers.I found a bigger bag with all the extras (change of clothes just in case) that you can put up and hopefully wont need, then a smaller bag with a nappy change, dummies etc that you're more likely to need.
They normally allow families to board pretty early in the boarding process to give people time to get settled - personally I find the less time sitting in those seats the better so ignore this - however my DH is one of those that needs to be first on the plane so I send him on first with the big bag to get settled then board last with the baby and just the small bag that I throw under the seat.
Feeding or dummy on take off is good - but don't get to hung up on the idea. If bubs is asleep - or wants a feed earlier just go with the flow - babies are actually pretty good at equalising their ears and if they are having problems they will let you know and yuo can them give them a feed.
Good luck - its really pretty easy at that age.
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