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Flying with a 6 mo old?

I have to fly on Sept 4 with my hubby and six month old. I'm nervous enough because I HATE flying and with all the recent "situations" with all these planes it doesnt help. But my question is have you done this, any advice? Stroller/no stroller? What can I take in the diaper bag? I guess I am going to check the airlines web site too but I'd like advice from moms who have done this too.

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Asked by HayleyGM at 1:35 PM on Aug. 10, 2009 in Travel

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  • When our daughter was small, we used a baby backpack and a carseat. In extreme turbulence, a lapbaby can become a projectile. Additionally, your child understands what being in a carseat means, and it is a familiar object in an unfamiliar place. If you do bring a stroller, gate-check it so it will be there for you when you get off the plane.

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:56 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • For the diaper bag, here is what I do: pack a larger bag with a couple outfits for baby, more diapers than you think you could possibly need, wipes, a blanket, an extra outfit for you (in case of projectile spit up or exploding diaper), and a few toys if baby is into them. Then have a smaller bag inside that has a couple diapers, a small baggie of wipes, & bottles if you use them. When you board, put your large bag in the overhead & tuck the small bag by your feet. That way, you only have to get into your large bag in case of a major delay or diaper incident. You can do a diaper change just using your small bag (or not at all if it is a short flight).

    You cannot take liquids through security so allow extra time to fill bottles from a fountain or purchase bottled water or juice. Check the TSA website for food items that are allowed or again, allow extra time once past security. cont.

    Answer by funnyface1204 at 8:24 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • Do one last diaper change prior to boarding--the changing tables in airplane bathrooms are TINY & you don't want to spend a lot of time in there.

    Try to be as hands-free as possible. Everything in one bag (including your purse) & your travel documents in an outside pocket so you can reach them. If baby is in a stroller, use a backpack for your bag. If baby is on your back, use a rolling bag. You will have to take baby out of the stroller or carrier a security so again, plan extra time. You can carry baby through security but everything else has to be x-rayed. Make sure you don't have coins or jewelry or anything metal that will set off the detectors b/c you don't want to be figuring out what the problem is while you are juggling a baby.

    Mainly,relax, plan extra time in your schedule & have fun!

    Answer by funnyface1204 at 8:29 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • i went on 3 flights with 7 mth old. basically do what the other mothers suggested but i have a few tweaks. u absolutely must bring a stroller ( i made a huge mistake by not bringing mine) Althought my daughter is very light, the extra stuff in diaper bag wasnt and made it really tiring to hold . The airline (american airline/alaska airlines& delta) let me take liquids cuz it was obviously for the baby. the only thing is the stop u at security to run a really quick test on the liquid. when we were departimg and landing i would give her something to drink, to keep her ears from popping.

    Answer by ProudMammaMia at 3:37 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • thanks, all this was great. we did great! the bijorn saved my life though....

    Answer by HayleyGM at 4:22 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

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