• In the Spotlight:

Have you ever done a long flight with a baby?

I have recentely been told by my In-laws that my bro-in-law is getting married in Paris in September. We have been invited and they would be paying our way. Which makes me uncomfortable. But what worries me most is traveling and staying in France with my will be 21 month old son. We have traveled by plane before and if we go this would be his 3rd flight but by far the longest and strangest. I am nervous to the point of not going but I don't feel I can say no. What should I do?

  • SHARE THIS QUESTION:
jj1212

Asked by jj1212 at 11:44 PM on Jan. 29, 2009 in Travel

0 Level 1
This question is closed and filed in the CafeMom Encyclopedia.
Answers (8)
  • We traveled from NY to England to visit my hubby's family when our son was 7 months old. You need to get the baby a passport asap. You can get a passport photo done a lot of places, but we had DS's taken at Picture People because they were better with kids (I'm sure same goes for Walmart/Sears Photo/JC Penney/etc), rather than Mail Boxes Etc or whatever that is less kid-friendly. Call first before you go, not every photo place does passport pics. (You'll need a passport too, and a passport photo taken, if you dont have one.) You can get the passport application at the post office, or search online for a download copy. They take a few months to process, so you don't want to wait too long. Your son's passport will be good for five years. If your son sleeps well on planes or in the car, get a 'red eye' (overnight) flight if you can so he'll sleep as much of it as possible. You may also be able to request an in-flight bassinet.
    KateKevinAdopt

    Answer by KateKevinAdopt at 12:43 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

    Credits: 10 Level 2
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • (cont.) The bassinets hook onto the wall right in front of you and are first come/first served. Bring 2-3 days supply of diapers and easy-to pack snacks in your carry-on and buy more when you get there. (Buy at the local grocery if you can, the airport is ridiculously overpriced). Since he will be 21 months you dont have to worry about formula and can get milk/juice/bread/whatever he likes pretty much anywhere. Also...its seriously worth getting him his own seat on the plane. Squirmy toddler for 8 hours on a plane seriously sucks. Bring his carseat on the plane so he's comfy and so you'll have it handy to use when you get there for whatever transportation you'll be using.

    Please feel free to PM me if you have any other questions or need tips for international travel. Have a wonderful time in Paris...and if you change your mind, can I go instead???? :)
    KateKevinAdopt

    Answer by KateKevinAdopt at 12:51 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

    Credits: 10 Level 2
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • I've done flights this long with babies before. When we moved from Nebraska to Guam, my 2 boys were 18 months and 3 years old. The flight was 10 hours to Japan, then 3 hours to Guam. We took the overnight flight so the boys would sleep. When we moved from Guam to Spain, we flew back to Texas to visit before flying to Spain, which was like a 9 hour flight each time. My daughter was 16 months at the time. Bring the carseat on the plane like the post above said. If he has any favorite small toys, bring one or two of those. Make sure to bring him a sippy cup or something (you can fill it on the plane if you are worried about security) but he will need something to suck on to help clear his ears because those flights can make their ears stuffy and painful. It's actually not as bad as you would imagine, but I would definitely go. Europe is a great experience!!!
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:17 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

    Credits: 8524 Level 20
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • What worries you specifically?

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 12:05 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

    Credits: 68345 Level 34
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • Oh my gosh, GO! Baby will sleep a lot of the time, request the bulkhead so you can get the bassinet and in between just walk up and down the aisle, feed him, bring books and toys etc. We went all over Europe with our son at that age. It's a little stressful, the bassinet was broken and he slept on our legs all 8 hours but it really was fine. Put him in the bucket seat and drove a rental car everywhere. One of my best trips! Chances are your bassinet will be fine.
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 5:48 PM on Feb. 1, 2009

    Credits: 56918 Level 32
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • Sure you & your baby will b fine..guess what? i traveled with my 38TH DAYS baby fr Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia-London-Manchester..a 13 hrs journey..and trust me,baby sleeps most of the time..just make sure he's well fed,clean diapers all d time..to avoid crying during take offs & touch downs,always feed him..most airlines will hv bassinets+pillow+blanket for babies..and you'll also will be place near the lavoratory,so changing diapers wont be so difficult..if the baby are restless,give a 'cuddly' massage (a steward taught me that) or take him for a walk (your chance to meet other moms that r on board too)..Paris? i would definitely go,moreover it's a family's occasion..like my mom always says 'the angels are always there with babies-protecting them'..cheers =)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:52 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • Sure you & your baby will b fine..guess what? i traveled with my 38TH DAYS baby fr Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia-London-Manchester..a 13 hrs journey..and trust me,baby sleeps most of the time..just make sure he's well fed,clean diapers all d time..to avoid crying during take offs & touch downs,always feed him..most airlines will hv bassinets+pillow+blanket for babies..and you'll also will be place near the lavoratory,so changing diapers wont be so difficult..if the baby are restless,give a 'cuddly' massage (a steward taught me that) or take him for a walk (your chance to meet other moms that r on board too)..Paris? i would definitely go,moreover it's a family's occasion..like my mom always says 'the angels are always there with babies-protecting them'..cheers =)
    Norshidah

    Answer by Norshidah at 12:59 PM on Feb. 22, 2009

    Credits: 0 Level 1
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0
  • I flew with my children when they were 2 (turned 3 there) and 8 months (when we came back he was 11 months) to Bangladesh for 3 months. Long Long flights & layovers. We went from SLC-NYC, NYC-Dubai, Dubai-Dhaka...and again same flight for the return.

    We tried to take night flights so that they would sleep. But when you travel long distance half way around the world...it takes time.

    GO! Enjoy it and have fun!!!! You'll really regret it if you don't go because you were worried about being on a plane for a few hours!
    AmmuJSE

    Answer by AmmuJSE at 1:53 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

    Credits: 14 Level 3
    Votes up:0 Votes down:0