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We are off to Perth soon, which is a 4 hour flight. Does anyone have any tips for coping on the jouney.. travelling alone with a baby?

Posted by Mama84, 2nd February 2015

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  • Make sure you take enough bottles, food, snacks. Lots of changes of clothes. And make sure they’re sucking something (breast or bottle) on take off and landing to avoid the pressure changes causing ear aches

  • Maybe use a baby carrier, give the baby a bottle when going up and down.

  • Takeoff/landing: use a dummy or feed them as this will help with their ears. Take a rattle, chew toy with you to keep them occupied. Take spare bibs, jumpsuits and enough nappies. Try to have everything in reach and an organised bag so that you know where each item is kept. Usually the hotties are quite happy to help you during the flight if you need to go to the loo. Just let them know you are travelling alone.

  • Breastfeed, wear teething necklaces, (an artillary of different toys/things), take a cup or drink they can take if not taking the breast/bottle, if you have not booked, book your flights around naps

  • something to suck or drink on landing and take off.
    and they may sleep most of it. time the flight over a sleep so it gives you a break. check to see if you can book bassinet seat so they can lie flat too.

  • On someo f the big planes they have “bassinets” built into the walls in the middle of the planes. I have seen lots of Mums use them but you need to book one of those spots in advance to ensure you get one. You have to nurse on your lap during take-off and landing but will often sleep a lot of the way in one of them. I have seen Mums change nappies in them quite easily. That way also your arms are resting. You and baby aren’t absorbing each other’s body heat. Sometimes it can be quite warm in the planes.
    I agree, it is advisable to take at least spare tops for yourself., and something that will protect you and baby during and after feeding. You may save yourself a lot of embarrassment and washing too.

  • Have a dummy and a bottle ready. When my daughter was 9 months old I took her to New Zealand to meet her pop and other relatives. She was perfect on the plane. The motion of the plane made her fall asleep and she was asleep the whole way over. I was very stressed leading up to the trip as I have been on rides where there are children/babies who have cried the whole trip. They must be drinking or sucking on their dummy on the way and the way down.

  • As long as you have something for them to suck on during the take off and landing and those extra clothes and nappies, things should go smoothly for you. The air hostess’ are great most of the time. let them know it’s your first long haul

  • Thank you so much! ! I hadn’t thought about the change in clothes! !

  • I travelled from Launceston to Auckland with my son at this age. Make sure you take more nappies and clothing in carry on than you think you will need as something about the air pressure can cause “explosive” nappies! I also take a change of clothes for myself as they’re is nothing worse than sitting in soiled clothing should they be sick or have a nappy leak!

    I was surprised at how much my son slept – more than he would have at home. Feed him on take off and landing if possible and don’t be afraid to ask cabin crew for help.

    A favourite blanket/toy can help comfort and distract them too, and baby panadol just in case. Have a great trip!

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