varig767
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Air Travel With 3 Month Old Baby

Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:23 am

Hello all,

My wife and me are expecting our first child in mid-July. We are considering a short vacation in October and of course, we want to take him or her (will be a surprise!) with us.

We had the idea to fly from AMS to BCN and back. We are asking ourselves whether or not this is feasible. Has anyone experience wiht air travelling with children of this age and what are the do's and don't s?

Kind regards, Martijn
 
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RE: Air Travel With 3 Month Old Baby

Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:33 pm

Всяк глядит, да не всяк видит.
 
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RE: Air Travel With 3 Month Old Baby

Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:10 pm

Congrats Martijn!

As the father of a 2 year old with another on the way, I can only imagine how excited you are.

Traveling with the baby at 3 months was truly a walk in the park and not worth the stress I put into pre-planning. Carried him on our lap, took his favorite blanket.


THe SINGLE MOST important tip we found, which we noted on trips he took at 3 months, 4 months, and 8 months, is to hold off on the bottle or the nipple until you are about to takeoff and when you are about descend.

On one trip out of JFK, he was getting hungry, but stalled him a bit until we heard the engines spool up. At that second, we fed him and it comforted him on takeoff.

Likewise, as the pressure changes took place on descent, he got either a bottle of the nipple and though he tugged at his ears a bit, no crying.


Also, if you can schedule the flight so that takeoff is around a naptime, you are golden. But at 3 months, naptimes may not yet be established.


Feel free to email me as I too have done a bit of research on this on other sites. The travel gets a bit tougher at 15 and 24 months.  Wink

All the best to you and here's to a happy and healthy child!
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RE: Air Travel With 3 Month Old Baby

Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:18 am



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 2):
THe SINGLE MOST important tip we found, which we noted on trips he took at 3 months, 4 months, and 8 months, is to hold off on the bottle or the nipple until you are about to takeoff and when you are about descend

Hey Martjin,

congratulations from Down Under. I think Mirrodie pointed out the most important thing to look out for. Our 2 1/2 year old has been around the world twice and we took him from BNE to MIA when he was just six weeks old.

Once our little fellow got mobile at the age of 10 months we stopped boarding the air craft first but only my wife boarded first and stowed the carry-on while I waited in the boarding area with our son until everyone else had boarded the air craft. This way we minimized being seated until take off before our son got his feed.

During the long haul flights from SYD-LAX return in December 06 (he was 6 weeks old at that time) and BNE-KUL-FRA in October 07 (11 months) old we took hourly turns walking up and down the aisle while he was restless or wanted to move. This way we kept the disturbance to other passengers to a minimum.

Hope all goes well and enjoy your trip.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter
 
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RE: Air Travel With 3 Month Old Baby

Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:29 am



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 2):
Congrats Martijn!



Quoting Bps3458 (Reply 3):
congratulations from Down Under

Many thanks! Also thank you for your input and the good advice.

Kind regards, Martijn
 
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RE: Air Travel With 3 Month Old Baby

Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:42 pm

The key is going non-stop! Connecting is killer. That is why I always plan with FlyHere. for you, check out www.flyhere.com/AMS It shows all of the non-stops to or from any city. Also, the bottle thing at take off and landing is huge.

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