Totally ignored pressure changes and airplane noise. There was a toddler sitting in front of us, and 5 month old DS thought his screaming was interesting, but that was about it.<br><br>
Oh, and he loved looking out the window.
With our various kids, I've flown with:<br>
2. 6-week-old and 22-month-old<br>
3. 1-year-old and almost-3-year-old<br>
5. 7-week-old twins<br><br>
Of those experiences, #1 was the worst, and it was so non-eventful that surrounding passengers complimented greatly on the quiet baby! Meaning: she fussed a bit so that I could tell her ears bothered on landing (take-off seemed better). But it was minor and was instantly comforted by nursing during take-off and landing.<br><br>
I expected it might be bad with the toddlers, as I remember well the intense ear pain I had when flying with my family as a 5-year-old. Haven't noticed any reaction with any of the kids. We did always plan that they had a juice box to drink during the actual ascent. Since it seemed a non-issue, we didn't worry about descent.<br><br>
I worried about boredom/inactivity since flights 1, 2, 4 were trans-Atlantic. But that was also fine. Between coloring, snacking and drinking, napping, meals, a couple small toys we brought, and the inflight movies/display of flight information there was so much stimulation that the hours passed very quickly.<br><br>
Expect it to go smoothly and it probably will! Good luck.
The first time I flew with ds he was 5 months and it all went very smoothly. I bf during takeoff and he fell asleep. While he was awake he did just fine as long as he was occupied, I took plenty of small toys. One thing that is worth doing, is requesting that the seat next to you be kept free if the flight is not full. I did this and ended up being upgraded!! I got the first row of seats in business class to myself. Too bad I couldn't take advantage of the lovely food and champagne.
Flew by myself with dd as a lap child when she was 3 months and again at 6 months (1/2 on a big plane and 1/2 on a tiny plane). At 3 months she did wonderfully.. we nursed on take off and she had a paci during landing and didn't seem to notice the change in pressure at all. The noise put her to sleep (almost in a creepy way).<br><br>
At 6 months it was a little different. She stayed awake for half the flight and since she's bigger and squirmier it was a little more difficult to keep her entertained. We nursed on take off and used a paci on landing again. Again, the pressure change didn't bother her at all and the noise on the little plane put her to sleep again. She was very exhausted for one of the legs and screamed bloody murder until the plane began moving toward the runway (awful.. I had my breast out to feed her, but she would have none of it until the plane began to move, people were glaring, I was about to cry...)<br><br>
I second the suggestion to request an empty seat next to you if possible... makes life SO much easier. Tell them you're bf-ing (it helped in my case.) Also, I like the window seats better as it gives me a little privacy and something to look at. Wear the baby in the airport.. much easier to manuver around than with a stroller. Wearing is also nice so that when the kiddo falls asleep you'll have some free hands to read or drink a coke. In all of the flights (4 total) I've only had one attendent tell me that she had to come out of the sling for takeoff. I ignored her b/c dd was sleeping.. and I wasn't about to wake her up.<br><br>
Hope that helps. Flying with a babe isn't nearly as scary as you might think. I've actually (mostly) enjoyed the experience. We're taking her on another flight in a couple of weeks. But we're going to have her daddy with us... a luxury I'll definitly appreciate!
We just got home from a trip with our one year old, and we bought a Cosco Scenaro (sp?) because our Britax wouldn't fit RFing. There are loads of threads out there about the safety of keeping a child in a carseat RFing on a plane. PM if you want links.<br><br>
Our baby didn't have any issues with the sound at all, but the pressure definitely hurt her litle ears. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Nursing helped, as did chewing on some cracker/Breakfast Os and sucking water from the sippy cup. There was another baby on the plane about one year old too and both he and our baby would start crying at the same times -- and it was always when our ears were starting to pop.<br><br>
You can also fake yawn a lot and it will sometimes help them to yawn, which helps pop their ears.<br><br>
Overall it was doable (our main concern ahead of time was making sure the carseat fit RFing, and we were relieved it did), but it still sucked. We won't be flying again with our child until she's considerably older if possible. I hate seeing her in pain and it just wasn't worth it.
We flew when my son was 7 weeks old, and again when he was about 3 months old. He slept the entire time both ways on the 7 weeks trip. He was awake on the way out on the 3 months trip, but he just sat quietly on my lap and sucked on his fist <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. He slept again on the return trip. I hope your trip goes well!