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Keeping Baby Happy on an Airplane?

my DD is 8 months old & we will be flying this weekend. she has just recently started to fear things & for some reason is afraid of the things that vibrate b/c of the noise they make. im afraid she is going to freak out on the plane b/c of the loud humming noise. is there anyway i can prepare/prevent this?

also, any other advice for traveling by air w/ babies is appreciated. (i already know to give her a bottle during take off to prevent ear popping)


Asked by okmanders at 12:57 AM on Feb. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You'll be surprised how well she does. I took my daughter on an airplane ride at 8 mo. and she did great! Lots of distractions! Finger foods are great. Baby Mum Mums, Cheerios, Apple Juice...whatever she is eating/drinking. Her favorite toys and a couple of new ones that she hasn't ever seen before (it will keep her entertained longer). Something to chew on if she is teething. Be prepared to sing songs, play peekaboo, or whatever her favorite games are. Don't check your stroller with your luggage...most airlines will let you check it at the gate as you're boarding the plane. This way she can sleep in the stroller if the flight is delayed or whatever. Also, any baby food, juice, medications, formula, breast milk you're bringing counts as a liquid but is allowed. However, have it handy to pull out at security.

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 11:11 AM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • bring her favorite toys? maybe try and get her to fall asleep before take off

    good luck

    Answer by havingaboy08 at 1:34 AM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • try giving her some tylonal about 20 min before she gets on the plane, it helps with the ears popping and such and if you use a pacifire it works too. i would also try to get a flight that leaves out around naptime or early in the morning so its more likley she will sleep. also change her right BEFORE you get on the plane. having to get up and walk to the bathroom with the baby and changing stuff is such a hassle and the bathroom is soo small... my daughter likes the window seats she looks out and pulls the shade up and down. I think airplane rides are one of those special occasions where giving them something special is ok, like if she starts getting scared of the noise give her a sucker or cookie to distract her or toys that talk are good too ( people around you might be annoyed, but its better than a screaming baby :) hope any of this helps, i know flying with an infant can be really stressfull lol good luck

    Answer by mrs.cooley at 3:45 AM on Feb. 17, 2009