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Traveling With an Infant on a Plane

By Amalah

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Hi Amy!

I love you! I love your blog! I love your advice! Please help me! 🙂

I am going to be flying to visit my parents next month with my precious, sweet, adorable, munchable baby boy.

Fortunately, I found a direct flight, so we’ll only be in the air for a little over 2 hours. Unfortunately, I’ll be by myself. And I am kind of freaking out about it. He will be 4 months old by then, so I don’t have to worry about packing baby food or anything like that. But! What all do I need to bring on the plane? The car seat is a must because my parents don’t own one. So what do I do with the base? Ask my parents to buy one? That’s kind of a pricey investment for one week of use. Do I bring a stroller? And should I just take the stroller all the way to the gate? And when I think about going through security with him, well, my head just kind of explodes. Any advice for packing formula and bottles? Can I get away with pre-filling the bottles with water before I go through security? Should I bring a carry on for me in addition to the diaper bag? Will I get through security alive? I don’t know! Any wisdom from your experience flying with sweet Ezra would be much appreciated!

Thanks again!
L

Oh my God, you guys. I take ONE TEENSY TINY LITTLE FLIGHT (one-and-a-half hours! that’s it!) with my baby and I have already gotten at least five questions about flying with a baby this week. If that’s all it takes to become an expert on a topic, I have seriously missed my calling as a Master Sommelier.

So. First. It’s going to be okay. Your flight is short, your baby is young. It’s going to be really okay. Okay?

Lemma run through your questions in order, the best that I can.

1) The car seat.

A four-month-old baby can ride on your lap, if you prefer, and the car seat (and base!) can be checked with your suitcase. (You can buy fabric travel covers online for some models, but really, wrapping it in plastic wrap and packing tape is enough.) And as long as your car seat is something very common in the U.S. and Canada, both the seat AND the base should fit in most airline seats. Google your seat type and “airplane seat” or something similar, and you’ll probably find confirmation from somebody at Yahoo Answers or a message board somewhere. If not, call the airline and ask, but from what I’ve read *most* of the most popular infant seat models will fit in an airplane seat complete with base, perhaps with the armrests up. Opt for a middle and aisle seat, I’d say, just to be sure.

Should the baby ride on your lap or in a carseat in his own seat? I’d say that depends on your baby (and your travel budget). Noah’s infant seat equaled instant nap for him, so I probably would have sprung for a second seat. That thought never even crossed my mind with Ezra, who haaaaaates his carseat and looooooooves to be held, so I knew he’d be happier on my lap. Plus, it’s cheaper, and I am ALL ABOUT using the least amount of “stuff” this time. Stuff sucks. Stuff is heavy, and awkward, and stuff. (Editor: I love The Car Seat Lady. She’s so passionate that she’s famous for stopping cars on the road to help adjust the car seat correctly.)

2) The stroller.

I did not bring one on my trip. I packed a pouch sling in my luggage and carried Ezra through the airport in the Ergo Carrier. If you’re opting to keep him on your lap on the plane and own any sort of baby carrier, I HIGHLY recommend this option, particularly for the ease at security and the lack of waiting for a gate-checked stroller. It was SO EASY, even with a 19-pounder.

You can check a stroller as baggage, or your parents could probably get a very cheap used one online — or find one to borrow from friends. There are probably 1,390,348 strollers currently in circulation for every one baby out there. My in-laws picked most of the basic baby gear up at yard sales back when I was pregnant with Noah, and even though we drive to see them, it is SO NICE knowing they have a serviceable stroller, car seat, crib, booster seat, etc. and we can leave ours at home.

If you decide to buy your baby a ticket and bring the infant carseat, BUY A STROLLER FRAME. The Snap-N-Go or the Graco or Maclaren equivalent. (We had the Maclaren. Loved. It.) Again, you can find these by the dozens on Craigslist if money is tight. Do not bring a big honking travel system stroller deal through security by yourself. You know, the kind that takes two hands to open and close and will be waaaay too wide to fit through the x-ray machine. There is no need to do that to yourself. Get a little frame that folds up umbrella-style that the car seat can snap into. Shove the seat base in the basket underneath but keep NOTHING ELSE down there — you’ll need to remove it all and fold the frame up at security, and that’s the last time you want to be fumbling with stray teething rings and sippy cups and what-have-you.

3) Bottles and formula.

The airline restrictions on fluids/liquids DO NOT apply to baby formula and pumped breastmilk. I’m breastfeeding but supplementing, and brought a bottle on the flight — I filled it with water and brought along a powdered formula dispenser and security didn’t bat an eye, even though they confiscated a small bottle of water from a side pocket of my friend’s carry-on that she didn’t even realize was there.

4) Additional carry-on luggage.

Oh God, no. I had this brief crazy thought the night before my trip that because my suitcase was probably over the airline’s 50-pound limit (and would thus incur an additional charge to check), that I should maybe pack stuff into a small carry-on suitcase, PLUS my regular checked bag AND my diaper bag AND the baby AND…no. I came to my senses and thank goodness. I checked in online, dropped my suitcase off with the curbside guys, and while I had a GENEROUS TIP ready to possibly encourage them to not notice how heavy my bag was…I think there was something about a woman traveling with a baby strapped to her body that made them look away anyway. Streamline, baby. Bring as little as you can through security and onto the plane. Basically: your wallet, milk, change of clothes, diapers…and…maybe more diapers, just to be safe. (I changed way more diapers in the airport than on the plane. I changed zero on the plane.) You very likely aren’t going to use the flight for iPod time, or to read a book, or catch up on your thank-you notes, so really go with the bare minimum.

5) Security.

Again, I really recommend wearing the baby to the airport, and that’s not just the dirty hippie talking. With Ezra in the Ergo, I put my diaper bag in a bin, took off my shoes, then quickly unhooked him, tossed the carrier in the bin with my shoes, and walked through security with him in my arms. I did ask my friend to hold him while I put my shoes on and everything, but if I’d been by myself I easily could have put him back in the carrier first and then retrieved everything else. If you AREN’T doing the lap child option and need to bring more gear through — I promise you aren’t the first woman shoving a Graco Snugride through the x-ray machine and forgetting to put the handle down. Take your time, take deep breaths, tell people behind you to go first, whatever cuts down on that security line PRESSUREPRESSUREPRESSURE.

And on that note, three more tips (man, I am all about the numbered lists today):

1) Pre-board.

Extra time on the airplane may not always be super-ideal for a little one, but getting to board before the crowd and with less pressure from a long line of people generally IS beneficial to a stressed-out solo-mama.

2) Nurse/feed/pacify during take-off and landing.

Whatever you need to do to ensure he’s sucking during prime ear-popping time. I didn’t do the pre-medicating thing, though I did bring teething tablets (Update: FDA has issued a warning on homeopathic teething tablets and gels) just in case of some weird random screaming fit. ANDHEWASFINE.

3) Ask for help.

Here’s the thing: a LOT of people like babies. Some of them even LOVE babies. These people will generally make themselves known to you. Ezra was gushed over by every. single. airport security employee, by gate attendants who let my friend pre-board with me because she was “with the baby,” by random passengers on our plane who stopped in the aisle to smile at him. If you’re suddenly struggling one-handed with a stroller that won’t fold up properly, throw yourself at the mercy of the security line and ask if someone will hold the baby for you. If you need to pour formula into a bottle and your baby keeps whacking it out of your hand, ask your seatmate for help, or a flight attendant. Yes, some people are jerks and hate babies and hate babies on planes and blah blah blah, but I think your chances of sitting next to a person like that are smaller than you think.

And lastly:

4) You (and your baby) will probably never see any of these people again.

Boo-yah!

Photo by insouciance

Amalah
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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Mouse
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When we traveled by plane with a baby in a rear-facing carseat, we were required to have him in a window seat a minimum of a certain distance from the exit rows–something to do with ease of exiting a row, both in an emergency and just in general. We had one of those covers that turned the carseat into a backpack (also had wheels to be pulled, but they weren’t all that great). I always used my sling to carry him around the airport–last thing off before security, first thing back on.

Isabel Kallman
Guest

One thing I would overpack is supplies for the infant in case you get stuck ON the plane or airport.
This past week, my plane was stuck in the air then had to land elsewhere to refuel and then landed. We were NEVER able to deplane at the other airport.
The first thing that popped into my mind concern for any parents that didn’t come prepared with extra formula, diapers, snacks, etc for their babies or young children.

Christine
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Christine

You probably won’t even have to take the carrier off as you walk through the detectors at security – especially if the baby’s asleep, don’t volunteer to if they don’t make you. I just flew to Europe and back with an 8-month-old (and a couple of flights within Europe too), and the most they ever did at security was ask me to let them feel between me and the Ergo’d baby to make sure I’d nothing stashed away there. Once, in Frankfurt, after an overnight flight where the baby had just, finally, fallen asleep, the buggerational security guy made me… Read more »

Vanderbilt Wife
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Great tips! I wrote a similar article a while back that might have a few more tips for your readers!
Flying with Baby: Rants and a Few Tips
Jessie

Alli
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I’ve flown solo with one kid several times and once with two kids. I have to reiterate what Amy said- people love babies and they WILL help you. Just ask. I had grandparent types practically drooling waiting for me to ask for their help. (They might have wanted to chomp on Tebow’s thigh, but I think it would have been a fair price to pay.) I agree with all the stroller and wearing baby advice too. We did do the stroller in the car seat frame, which helped when I was traveling solo with two kids. I was able to… Read more »

Sheri
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This is really good advice. I have a couple of extra comments. 1. Chances are, you do NOT need to bring along your car seat base. Most of the popular, current car seats will allow you to install the seat by strapping it in with a seatbelt. So as Amalah says, minimize your stuff and leave the base at home (but first confirm that your car seat can be installed without the base – email me if you need help with figuring that out – sheri [at] mbeans.com. 2. You are traveling with a 4-month old? Awesome. That is the… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

Ditto Sheri on the base, you REALLY don’t need it for this limited purpose. Not worth the hassle. And for a 2-hour flight, I would just put baby on my lap rather than in a car seat. A lot of airlines have plastic bags for covering up the car seat to check. I have had a Chicco stroller umbrella get manhandled by a certain airline who shall remain nameless: dude, they BROKE THE FRAME. And I have a very funny picture showing the juxtaposition b/w the serious breakage and their own personal “special handling” gate check tag. Thank goodness for… Read more »

Cobblestone
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Cobblestone

Gogo Babyz makes an adapter that attaches to most carseats and turns it into something you can pull like a rollerboard suitcase. AWESOME! LOVE IT! It is easy and if you think you’ll be doing much traveling in the next few years it will help a lot.

kelly
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kelly

Lots of good advice here already, so a lot of mine will be a repeat. I flew with my baby for the first time when she was 4 months. Since then we’ve flown with her at 11 months (that one I did alone, with a connection, both flights over 2 hours), 12.5 months, and 14 months. The 4-month trip was by far the easiest. Our usual gear: baby carrier (a sling was she was 4 months, now an ergo), stroller (which we gate check), backpack (as diaper bag — easier to carry than a shoulder-style bag). If the baby is… Read more »

MommiePie
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I also just traveled with our 6 month old from CA to Austin with a layover each way. We brought a total of 10 freaking items (including the baby)! Here’s our breakdown: We ticketed the baby as a lap passenger. Checked luggage: Mommy & Daddy suitcase Carseat attached to base (we needed the base for the rental car at our destination) Pack-n-play Jumperoo packed in a box(totally worth the pain in the @$$ for transportation/assembly/disassembly to keep the baby happy on vacation) Ice chest filled with homemade baby food and breastmilk Gate check: Stroller – We have the Chicco travel… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

MommiePie,
Did you have to pay additional fees to check pack and play and jumperoo?

mtngray
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I flew on my own with my two year-old and my 9 month-old baby a few years ago. I dragged my sit-n-stand stroller all the way to the gate. My husband drove me to the airport and got a pass that got him through security so he could help me with the kids. If you can get someone willing to go all the way to the gate with you, that’s awesome! I did have to do it all on my own on the way home, though, and it worked out okay. The most challenging part was pushing the stroller and… Read more »

rebekah
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rebekah

Can I board with my Sit and Stand or do I have to check it? Taking a 2 year old and 6 month old alone and want to have access to a stroller when we change planes. Haven’t decided if I will do a double or single stroller. Thanks for your advice!

maresi
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I have flown over 20 round trips with my 5 year old and 3 with my 11 month old AND 5 year old, and until this last one I never encountered anyone unwilling to help. In Hartford I was struggling to get everybody’s shoes off, bag on the belt, liquids out of bag, umbrella stroller folded, all while keeping an eye on the 5 year old and holding my rabid raccoon of a baby. I asked the TSA employee who was standing there watching me the whole time, “Hey, can you give me a hand?” He started clapping. CLAPPING!!! I… Read more »

Diana
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Diana

Two comments 1) I used the sling on the plane beause my 3 month old HATES his car seat. But, for traveling alone through the airport, I brought the car seat/snap-n-go stroller along so that I could have my hands truly free at various points. Also, the stroller carries the diaper bag until you get to the gate =). 2) Southwest airlines has an odd (and really annoying) policy where you have to check in through a separate line if you have a lap baby – and provide a copy of his birth certificate. Call ahead and know the policy… Read more »

Daisy
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My Dad is an airline pilot! A super helpful, “Aww cute baby, here can I help you with your stroller?” kind of airline pilot. He’s also been known to call ground control & insist they bring pizza, diapers & formula out to his plane when they just made him sit for 5+ hours, but um, yeah that doesn’t happy very often. (The sitting or the pizza. That said, extra diapers!!) My super helpful Dad of an airline pilot would like to let everyone know that if it is remotely in your budget, please, please bring a baby seat for your… Read more »

AJU5's Mom
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We have flown with AJU5 three times – 5 and 11 months as a family and then almost 9 months just her and I. If you are going to take the seat with you and gate check (i.e. hope for an empty seat), ask the people when you check your baggage for a bag for the car seat if you don’t have one. They will give you one in case it does need to be gate checked. We fly Southwest mainly and have been able to get a free seat for her 9 out of 12 times (and those were… Read more »

yasmara
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yasmara

As someone else said, extra clothes for baby AND a t-shirt for you. There’s something about changing altitude that makes a lot of babies urp up their milk/formula. I usually also layer myself with a cardigan, t-shirt, & cami so I can have clothing removal options if I get hurled on. I also 2nd the advice to see what you can get provided on the other end. Craig’s list or re-selling stores like Once Upon a Child are a cheap source of toys & strollers. If your parents buy a cheap umbrella stroller (preferably used, but you can get cheap… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

I’ve flown twice with Snackbox, and while it can be challenging, it was not the nightmare I expected. What still amazes me is the difference between TSA agents’ enforcement of “the rules” at various airports – in Denver they are STRICT; in KC, they’re practically carnies just takin’ your ticket to get on the ferris wheel. No one has mentioned the breastmilk sniffers yet – maybe only DEN and MCI use them, but both places have asked me to unscrew the lids on bottles of breastmilk/formula so they can wave their sniffing machines over the stuff. In Denver, they asked… Read more »

Lar
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Great suggestions, but I’d add two things to your list of things to carry on: (1) lots more wipes than you think you’ll need, because no matter how many you bring you will use them all, and (2) a change of clothes for yourself. Speaking as someone who’s been puked on mid-flight, it’s nice to have a clean shirt just in case.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I second Cobblestone’s recommendation of the GoGo Babyz attachment. Turned our baby’s car seat into it’s own stroller and then was checked at the gate easy as pie. If I’d had a separate seat for the little one, the attachment unhooks easily and goes into the overhead compartment.

Melanie
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Melanie

A lot of times they also let mamas with strollers go through a different security line (like with people in wheelchairs) to relieve the pressure.
Side note: shortly after 9/11 I traveled with my sister, her 10-month old, my mom, aunt, and grandma. At least one of us got stopped at every security checkpoint! It was frustrating. I don’t think it’s quite as bad these days, though.

bethany actually
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Number one tip for flying with babies: RELAX. It’s going to be okay, it really, really is. Don’t focus on the people who are annoyed, focus on your baby and doing your best to keep him calm and happy, and then focus on the people who think your baby’s adorable and would like to help you if you need it. Then relax some more. If you’re stressed and uptight, your baby will sense it. If you’re calm and have a sense of humor about the inevitable unpredictability of flying with a baby, your baby will sense that too. Extra diapers,… Read more »

txmama
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txmama

Oh yes, it has to be a window seat for the baby if you have a carseat, and I think you can’t be directly in front of or behind the wing exits. Just fyi!

kim
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kim

Thanks for this. I’m planning a solo trip with my 2.5 month old (currently 18-week-in-utero) next spring. I’m already freaking out about it.

jodifur
Guest

As “the friend” I have to piggyback on Amy and say if I was not there, about a million and half people would have held Ezra. The security people at the airport were drooling over him.
Also, someone once said to me, everyone needs to remember we were all babies at one time, and it so true. Babies need to fly. You’ll be fine.

Nancy
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Nancy

We’re getting ready to fly for the first time with our newly-two-year-old twins. I’m scared to bits, but am sure it will actually turn out just fine. We’re planning to bring 2 carseats and 2 umbrella strollers to the plane and gate-check the strollers. Wish us luck!

cagey (Kelli Oliver George)
Guest

Great advice here and in the comments! I have traveled extensively with my kids over the years. And truly, it is FUN. Look at it as FUN and it will be FUN. I see so many parents stress and bring way too much crap on their trips. Then, they are so busy struggling with bags and equipment, they don’t have the patience and time to just focus on their child. Then, their kids is all freaked out because mom and/or dad is freaked out. One thing to keep in mind is that there is very little that cannot be purchased… Read more »

Genevieve
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Genevieve

I first flew with my son when he was three weeks old. 8+ hour trans-atlantic flight. (why yes I was insane, but I am known for this) One thing I did was research what the airline offered in the way of help/stuff for people traveling with babies. The airline I flew with offered what they called a sky-cot. You could reserve bulk-head seating and then you could put your baby in a little moses-basket should they sleep. They also did bottle-warming if you needed that. I flew with him on my lap (I was going to be holding him most… Read more »

Marnie
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Marnie

My 8-yr-old daughter’s first flight was at 2 months, and she’s logged something like 100,000 airplane miles since then. Other thoughts: Your mom will undoubtedly want to do anything and everything she can to “help.” Let her by asking her to buy things you’ll need while you’re there – diapers, baby wash, wipes, formula, food, whatever – it’s so much easier than trying to pack multiple days’ worth of anything. That said, make sure you pack a few extra diapers and a couple extra meals of formula just in case the plane is delayed somewhere. Most large airports will have… Read more »

Kate
Guest

I traveled to Asia with my 5-month-old daughter by myself (my husband followed a week later). The trip took over 30 hours door-to-door and included three plane rides (the longest of which was 15 hours) and two loooooong layovers. It was not easy but obviously, I survived! The best advice I can give is DO NOT OVERPACK. On my way out I thought I was so clever, stuffing a big bag full of everything “in case of emergencies.” It turns out that my bag was so overstuffed that I ended up having to fill a reusable grocery bag with the… Read more »

Della
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Just putting in my vote. Traveled solo with my then 4 month old also. Base probably not needed – check. Extra change of clothes for self – check. Extra wipes – check. SLIP ON SHOES – Super Check. Ask your parents if they have any friends, church members, etc that have a spare pack n play that you can borrow for your visit – CHECK CHECK CHECK. and Checkity CHECK. If not buying separate seat for child due to finances – book during off-peak hours to increase chance of having a spare seat which some airlines will allow you to… Read more »

Della
Guest

Oh yeah. This is the kind of cover I have:
http://www.amazon.com/Childress-Standard-Stroller-Travel-Black/dp/B000262HMQ/ref=pd_cp_ba_0
Not sure if that’s the exact brand but it looks just like it. It’s not padded or anything – it’s simply to keep the thing clean and unscratched and all the pieces together, and won’t stop it from getting crushed – but it worked for me.

Amy-May
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Amy-May

Wear clothing (and dress baby) in clothing you consider disposible. DO NOT carry nasty pooped on/puke on clothing around! Throw it away! That almost outgrown onesie, that burp-stained shirt. Those stretchy pants you swore you’d never wear again after post-baby diet…..

Lar
Guest

I forgot to mention this in my earlier comment, but 38 years ago my mother-in-law flew from Tulsa, OK to Tehran (yes, THAT Tehran) by herself with a 3-year-old and a 6-week-old. She had an overnight layover in London, and, oh yeah, it was her first time ever to fly.
Granted, security issues were different then, but I always figured if she could do THAT, I could do one little dinky US flight.

Julie
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Julie

All good suggestions! Mine to add: If your baby takes a pacifier, buy one of those pacifier clips for it. My 14 month old thought it would be more fun to play with the pacifier than use it, and the clip gave me an end to hold onto, so it wasn’t dropping on the floor. Also, don’t assume the baby will nurse and go right to sleep just because the flight departs and hour past his usual bedtime. They might need to open and close the tray table a hundred times, first. When we’ve flown to Florida w/ our 20… Read more »

Claire
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Claire

I haven’t read all of the comments, so I apologize if some of this is a repeat. I have flown with my daughter, alone, at 8 weeks, 5 months, and 8 months. It’s totally do-able, and the fear of going alone with a baby is far, far worse than the flight itself! Here are my tips: 1. Check the carseat and base and the front desk with your luggage. The airline will give you a big plastic bag to put it in. Another option is to have your mom buy (and install rear-facing) the costco brand convertible carseat. It’ll work… Read more »

amycorinne
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amycorinne

I have flown with my 8 month old three times (12 days old, 5 months old, and last weekend). Here’s my advice: – Gate check the stroller and if you’re bringing a car seat but not using it on the plane, gate check that too. It’s much safer for the seat because there are so many opportunities for the car seat to be damaged between check-in and the airplane. You usually do not have to wait long for them to bring you your stroller and/or car seat because it was the last thing put on the plane so first thing… Read more »

Spiff
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Spiff

I have to second what Daisy said about having your infant in a carseat. One of my friends was traveling to Hawaii with her 8-month-old son. She had an extra seat and carseat for him, but took him out for a little while to stretch. The plane hit some unexpected turbulance and his head whacked against the armrest of the seat really hard. He only ended up with a huge bump, but it could have been much worse!
It is worth it to buy an extra seat!!

elizabeth
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elizabeth

I’ve flown 14.5 hr direct flight to Asia with my son when he was 5 months old and that was quite straight forward to my surprise. He mostly ate, sleep, up for 2hrs and did the whole routine again. I recently went to NY (6hrs) with him when he was 11 months and that was HELL. All he wanted to do was jump up and down and squirm out of my lap and walk along the aisle. Just make sure what works for you first and your child as every baby/kid & parent is different. One thing I discovered that… Read more »

Kathleen
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Kathleen

Traveled twice now with our 6 mo old. First: baby carrier, yes! We use a bjorn active because DS **hates** the ergo, but you can go right through security with the kid strapped on (in the Family Lane). I can’t imagine shuffling the kiddo along with all else. This doesn’t apply to the infant seat, but no one has mentioned the traveling toddler: http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Toddler-Seat-Travel-Accessory/dp/B000JHN3AS This takes up almost no space to pack (one small strap) and works wonderfully! I would be a little nervous if traveling alone (keep your bag in front of you and use elevators, not escalators, as… Read more »

Lillian
Guest

Wow! Thank you so much for the tips everyone! I have a Chicco travel system, so it is very big and bulky and heavy. I like the idea of just carrying my little man onto the plane. Unfortunatley, buying an extra seat is simply not in our budget at this time. So I will either be carrying him or hoping for a (free) extra seat with the ginormous car seat. I am flying Delta, so I will need to call them to find the answers to some of these travel questions. Thanks so much and I’ll let y’all know how… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

I flew about 20 times with my daughter before she turned 2. Don’t buy 2 tickets for a 4 month old on a 2 hour flight. Most likely the middle seat will be empty. If not, you can give the flight attendant the car seat and gate check it. If you DO buy a second seat, book the window and aisle. The middle seats are the last to go and you just might have the whole row to yourself. If not, there’s no one on the planet that wouldn’t trade a middle seat for an aisle. The airlines require you… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Thanks VERY much for the link to the Car Seat Lady’s website. We are expecting and I just figured out that many of our new parent friends have rear-facing middle seated carseats and was wondering why this was the case. Aha! Good to know.

Kimba
Guest

I’ve flown several times with my 8 mth old, and they’ve never asked me to remove him from the sling, which makes everything easier.
They did once ask me to take off his shoes though. I stood there a minute, trying to figure out if they were serious. They were.

KatC
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KatC

Maggie Mason over at Mightygirl did a good list on travelling with her baby some time in the last year or so. It’s not about travelling alone, but it does have some good tips. She also did one about getting through security, but I can’t seem to find it since her site redesign. It’s worth looking for!
http://mightygirl.com/2008/01/23/12-travel-tips-for-flying-with-a-baby/

Rae
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Rae

Hi I have a question to ask. My husband and I enjoy travelling abroad and are considering taking what will then be our 2 month old daughter with us. Is it too risky at that age to take them abroad? What’s the general consensus? Also what experiences have you had with a baby that young? Thanks advice would be most helpful. 

Carla
Guest

Thank you thank you! Hubby and I are taking our four month old next month from Florida to Pittsburgh and I’ve been googling like CRAZY to figure out what in the heck I need to bring (and NOT bring). Your post helped me so much!

Jessica
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Jessica

Couple of tips: 1) No need to bring the car seat base if your car seat has the seat belt adapter. The car’s and airplane’s seat belts will slide right through and save you the trouble of lugging the base around with you. The base is super heavy! 2) Don’t buy a seat for a 4 month old, unless you really want to be able to put them down during the flight. Bring the car seat and when you check in ask the agent if there are any extra seats available. If there is, they can try to move you… Read more »