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Travling with 5 month old baby ona flight

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Abhilasha

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Apr 05, 2013

Hello Mom's,   I am planning to join my husband who is in the UK , since he is already there I would be travling alone with my 5 month old baby. Very sceptical about it but at the same time very keen on joining my hubby. He is still on my feed and I have not intoduced other food or formula milk to him. the flight duration is abt 12 hrs + airport foramlity stuff. In total abt 18 hours journey. Any suggestions/advices to keep in mind.

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Bhavna

| Apr 10, 2013

This information is awesome... great help!!

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Anurima

| Apr 08, 2013

I hope my suggestions help you Abhilasha. Also please carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you in your purse. It is a necessity especially when travelling with children.

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Shanaya

| Apr 06, 2013

Whoa, thats a whole lot of great tips Anurima, in keeping with the spirit of parents help parents.. thanks for putting this up.

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abhilasha

| Apr 06, 2013

Anurima : Thank you so much for the detailed suggestions.. This is of great help and now there is no looking back :-) With this list I am sure I would be able to manage the trip without much trouble.

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abhilasha

| Apr 06, 2013

thank you Ritika

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Anurima

| Apr 05, 2013

9. Most babies of that age sleep very well in flights. The noise doesnt usually disturb them. So when your baby is asleep, please have your meal and get some rest. You may request the airline crew to give you your meal earlier than the others if need be. Using the restroom when the baby is asleep is a good idea. 10. At emigration, when boarding, the airport staff allow families with little children to proceed first. Please make sure you keep a watch out for separate lines for families with infants and proceed to boarding when they announce the pre-boarding sequence. This will help as you will not have to wait around and queue up everywhere. This also applies once you land, please look out for lanes for families with children. 11. Please carry minimum hand baggage, preferably only one for you in addition to the baby bag. please carry your toiletries such as tooth brush,paste, deo, moisturizer (for your baby too) etc for you. 12. the restrictions to carrying liquids upto 100ml does NOT apply to baby food both in India and Europe. You may carry water, milk for your baby in as much quantity as you feel is necessary for the journey. 13. Please carry a change of clothes for you as well along with some warm clothes. 14. Please do not hesitate to ask the staff at the airport or the airline crew for any help or information. There goes my long list of suggestions. In case you are transiting through an international airport, I may need to add a few more things. Take care and try not to get anxious as it may affect your baby too. Wish you a safe journey and good luck for your new life in the UK :)

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Anurima

| Apr 05, 2013

HI Abhilasha. I have flown long haul flights with my kids as infants several times. The first time we flew with my daughter, she was 4 and half months old. I was extremely nervous and anxious. Ritika has mentioned most of the important things to keep in mind when travelling with an infant, but I would like to share my suggestions please to help you lighten the stress. 1. Please book a front row seat with a bassinet so that your baby can sleep in the bassinet. You may call the airline and book a seat days before your flying date without any hassle. 2. Please pack the baby bag with sufficient diapers, formula (for emergencies), clean bottles,baby wipes, tissues, a set of extra clothes for your baby, a blanket, socks, sweater/jacket, a cap (it gets quite cold in the flight)3. You may dress your baby in warm clothes as the air conditioning in the airport, in the flight and the change weather once you land in the UK, may affect your baby. 4. You may carry a shawl or a stole to cover up when nursing your baby. Please do not worry about people staring as this is a normal thing, your baby needs to be fed. The seats are usually comfortable enough to breastfeed, you may however need to find a comfortable position for the both of you. 5. Carry a few toys to keep your baby busy when awake. 6. If your baby cries, please do not get tensed thinking that he/she is disturbing the other passengers in the flight. You may concentrate on helping your baby calm down. 7. You may feed or give your baby a pacifier when the flight is taking off and landing. This will prevent your baby's ears from 'popping', which is very uncomfortable for little children. This is the reason most children cry when flights take off and land. Older children can suck on a lolly or a sweet. 8. You may invest in a good lightweight stroller as there will be plenty of walking involved from the time you reach the local airport and your destination. Your baby will be more comfortable in a stroller than in your arms. It will be easy for you as well. The stroller can be handed to the airline crew at the door of the flight and they will hand it over to you once you reach your destination. But please confirm this both at check in desk and when handing the stroller over to the crew when you board the flight.

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Ritika

| Apr 05, 2013

Hi... first of all plz take care of baby while take off and landing... give him a pacifier or gv him ur feed. Secondly take new teether new toys so that he will be busy . .u ask for basonate also in the flight which is very necessary for ur baby while sleeping... u ctake an start gvng him cerelac also in 5th month... take his medicine also lfir vomiting, cough, fever etc....

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