Happy 4 Month Bday to Adelh!!
Originally Posted by Changed
Sorry I haven't been around. It's just much easier for me to keep up on FB.
I've been sewing a LOT and just planned a trip to San Diego for SUNDAY! I've got a ton to do before I leave.
Is there anything I should know about flying with a baby? I've never taken a LO on a plane... I've only flown once before myself.
Is there a fb group? I'm also on fb much more than here...
Changed, I flew from OR to MA with the boys when they were 4 months old. Are you traveling alone?
* One thing to know is that most airlines do not allow for preboarding anymore. Southwest allows families to board after Zone 1. United's customer service was atrocious.
* If you have a family member with you and you're traveling alone, the airline can give you a buddy pass so that they can go with you to the gate. If the airline gives you a hard time about this, go to TSA and fight for it. That just means getting to the airport even earlier, but it might be worth it if you're by yourself.
* Also, most airplanes have NO CHANGING TABLE in the bathroom. If you need to change a diaper, you might have to do it on your lap
if your baby is flying as a lap baby. Make sure to bring what you'd need in that case.
* I'd bring an easy-to-wear baby carrier, like a fleece pouch. This was a life saver when we came home and the boys were closer to 6 months old and didn't sleep as much on the flight. It made bouncing in the aisle much more comfortable, and gave baby a snug place to sleep while mama was still comfortable sitting in the seat.
* bring extra burp cloths. Shoghi nursed on the descent and then got motion sickness and threw up a LOT. Even though I had an extra shirt, the burp cloths I brought got completely soaked. It was very scary, and I didn't realize until later that he was motion sick and that was the reason for the vomiting. Just as a note, when he got sick, he wasn't at all bothered by it - he just kept puking! It was definitely less traumatic because he was not upset by it.
*Do you have a layover? Make sure to carry enough diapers (and formula, if you're not nursing!) to get you through in case your connecting flight is canceled. We were down to our last diaper when this happened to us, and I almost ran out of formula, too! The airport stores closed early (we got stuck in Chicago) and I was told that they didn't even sell that stuff, anyway!!! SCARY!
I'm sure there's more, but those are some of the things that really stood out for me. Good luck! I hope it's an easy, easy trip.