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#1 Sheeva33

Posted 22 October 2019 - 05:45 AM

Hi Im Melbourne based need to fly to Syd for a gathering when bub will be 7 weeks(after first shot/immunization) i only breastfeed, is this going to be ok? Flying at that young age?

#2 Prancer is coming

Posted 22 October 2019 - 05:57 AM

Totally fine.  I used to live in a remote town and lots of people would fly back to the capital city to have their baby (often their families were close by too as well as more facilities) and fly back home with their week old newborns.  I would check with the airline if any ID was needed for baby and how to add them onto the ticket  ( eg Baby Sheeva given bubs is unnamed and date of birth unknown).

#3 SquidlySquid

Posted 22 October 2019 - 06:07 AM

Hi,
I flew to Singapore when my son was 7 weeks old. It was fine - just feed as the plane is taking off and landing to ease the pressure in their ears. But it was no issue - the plane noise was similar to white noise so it seemed to sooth my son and he slept for a lot of the trip.
Good luck!

#4 literally nobody

Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:51 AM

totally fine, I flew with my son who was 2 weeks old.

#5 mayahlb

Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:57 AM

It will be fine. I flew when both my kids were small, the youngest was 6/7 weeks old on his first flight. It's fairly normal where I live, as anyone with a problem of a certain level pregnancy is sent to the capital city to have their baby. And some choose to have their's in the capital city and then fly home (2.5 hours).

Just be aware you won't be allowed to have bub in a carrier during take off/landing. They have to have that extra belt attachment around them. I fed mine during take off and landing as it helps with their ears and the pressure adjustment.

#6 JoanJett

Posted 22 October 2019 - 11:09 AM

Perfectly fine.  We flew Europe to Australia with a 9 week old.  

Agree re feeding, but with such a short trip, it might be worth trying a dummy as well, as bub might not want to feed for both takeoff and landing when they're so close together.  

Only other advice - a change of clothes for the baby and a spare shirt for yourself, or multiple layers of wraps.  We flew a lot with our first, and the poonamis always seemed to happen on planes....

#7 mayahlb

Posted 22 October 2019 - 11:12 AM

^^ oh yeah and the change tables on a plane are teeny. I would also recommend only taking minimal carry on unless you are going with someone as it’s hard carry everything and a baby.

Also if you plan to take a taxi once landing you would like be better looking into a car service as taxis with car seats are as rare as hens teeth.

Edited by mayahlb, 22 October 2019 - 11:14 AM.


#8 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 22 October 2019 - 12:03 PM

I flew Perth to Sydney when DS was 4 weeks old, it was fine.

#9 SeaPrincess

Posted 22 October 2019 - 12:26 PM

View PostPrancer is coming, on 22 October 2019 - 05:57 AM, said:

Totally fine.  I used to live in a remote town and lots of people would fly back to the capital city to have their baby (often their families were close by too as well as more facilities) and fly back home with their week old newborns.  I would check with the airline if any ID was needed for baby and how to add them onto the ticket  ( eg Baby Sheeva given bubs is unnamed and date of birth unknown).

Same. I flew with DD at 10 days old to get back to our remote town. My OB gave me a medical clearance for us both to fly, but the airline never asked for anything. We flew again when she was just over 3 weeks old, and DS2's first flight was at 5 weeks. I don't remember anything about the tickets/bookings though!

ETA I second the recommendation for changes of clothes. All 3 of my children have thrown up on me on planes.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 22 October 2019 - 12:28 PM.


#10 Ellie bean

Posted 22 October 2019 - 03:28 PM

Depends on the baby, my first was screaming 24/7 and hospitalised as a result at that age, I couldn’t really even take her down the street, but a healthy baby should be fine- I think as long as you’re prepared that plans may need to change it’s fine

#11 Dianalynch

Posted 22 October 2019 - 03:35 PM

As pp says it will most likely be fine. At 7 weeks I had recurrent mastitis and was not fine; your own health can come into play and is very important.

#12 Lady Monteagle

Posted 23 October 2019 - 11:22 AM

I once managed to convince the cabin crew (long haul, Emirates I think?) that the baby was much safer bound to me in the baby bjorn than wobbling around their poxy little belt attachment.  

though then they did make me take him out of the box ('bassinet' i suppose) he was sleeping in and strap him onto me when we encountered turbulence.

#13 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 October 2019 - 01:35 PM

So long as they are well, its a non-issue.

But advice from my well seasoned flying mum of a friend - put either a small towel or an old school flat nappy on your lap before you sit your baby on it - can save an outfit change for yourself.

#14 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 23 October 2019 - 02:03 PM

Actually I found polar fleece much better than an old school nappy or towel. I had badly up chuck reflux babies.

Mine was 6wks (and cs baby too) when we did Melbourne to Sydney no problem. My sister took her then 7wko Sydney to Zurich one Christmas.



#15 SeaPrincess

Posted 23 October 2019 - 02:13 PM

View PostLady Monteagle, on 23 October 2019 - 11:22 AM, said:

though then they did make me take him out of the box ('bassinet' i suppose) he was sleeping in and strap him onto me when we encountered turbulence.

They always put the bassinets away in turbulence.




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