3.27.2014

I'm leaving on a jet plane...

...except it's not just me leaving. I'm bringing a baby. And I'm getting kind of nervous.

Next Tuesday Mollie and I are flying to Florida to see my family and meet my most adorable, chunky, smiley twin nieces for the first time! I seriously can't wait - until I start having visions of a Mollie meltdown 20 minutes into the two and a half hour flight.


So this is a plea to all mothers: share your wisdom! How old were your babies when you flew with them? What should I bring in the diaper bag? What helped distract them? When should I board? Were your stroller/car seat banged up? Do I need something more heavy-duty than trash bags for them? Is changing a diaper in those bathrooms practically impossible? Just how awkward is it to nurse in such close proximity to your seat mate? Are people really as nasty to moms of crying babies as I've heard they are? Does you crying yourself help win sympathy?

Ok, so I obviously have some idea about all of these questions, but you get the picture. I'm all ears :)

8 comments:

  1. Obviously I have no mom experience, but I always just feel sorry for moms with crying babies. I also read somewhere on the internet that if they suck on a bottle/ pacy during take off/landing, it prevents painful ear popping.

    You could always bring a bag of those awesome cookies you make and give them out to people near you if she starts crying and they get annoyed.

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  2. Anna, that's very brave of you!

    Marie was 2.5 months when we flew for the first time, but my husband was with me. I think it's actually a really, really good age to travel with them. (It has been significantly more complicated as she's gotten older...) I'm sure you've read all kinds of things, but here are my few thoughts: If you use a sling or ergo or some sort of carrier, that's a lifesaver. I put her on when we get to the airport and wear her as long as possible. They will let you go through security wearing her as long as the carrier doesn't have metal on it. I always try to get her to sleep in that before I board the airplane. If she's not asleep, the pressure change in her ears is an issue, so I either nurse her for takeoff and descent or give her something to chew on. It's hard to calm her down once her ears start hurting, so I try to make sure I'm ahead of the change. The aisle is definitely the best seat to be in--we tried the window once and it was a mistake. When we first flew with her and didn't know if she would have a blowout because of the pressure change, we put a cloth diaper cover over her disposable diaper so that if she did have one, it wouldn't get everywhere (but she didn't). And of course, bring extra clothes for her and an extra shirt for you, just in case.

    Overall, people are really nice to you when you have a baby (and I would imagine it's even more so if you are traveling alone).

    My biggest piece of advice is to give yourself lots of time so that you can just take everything slowly and calmly. Don't rush. Don't worry about what other people are thinking/saying. Give your attention to your sweet little one and be focused on what she needs. I also think it helps to talk to her about everything that's happening. It helps to calm my nerves to have her there with me. :) Good luck and have fun!

    Kate

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    1. My sister agreed that her flights when the girls were this age were the easiest - that's encouraging! And I've come to terms with the fact that my days of arriving at the airport 45 minutes ahead of time are over :).

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  3. Flying solo with a 3-month-old was one of the best flight experiences I have ever had. People were so nice and helped me whenever I needed it. I absolutely second the ergo/sling comment, and recommend traveling as lightly as possible. In the end, most importantly, say a prayer to her Guardian Angel for a peaceful flight, and you will both be great!

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    1. Thank you so much! She likes her ring sling, so while I won't be able to wear it through security I'll definitely have it for the plane!

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  4. Nate told me about this story where the mom handed out candy and earplugs to the passengers and had a note attached to it, yours would read something like this...."Hello my name is Mollie. I am two months old and this is my first time flying, so I apologize if I get scared or cry. I'm going to see my cousins for the first time and I am really excited!"

    Just thought I would share :)

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  5. Overall, people are very nice. There are going to be crabapples who come up afterwards and say, Wow! I thought your baby would cry! Good job!!

    Okay, thanks?

    Grace nursed on the way up and then slept during her first flight. I got really nervous on the second flight and fed her too much... so she threw up all over me. A paci works just as well, so I recommend it. Wink.

    You'll need: a change of clothes for you, a change for her, 3-5 diapers and wipes, a blanket to wrap her in, a carrier, your kindle + earphones. Be sure to dress in layers! You can gate check her travel carrier (for the car) if she has one too!

    Mollie will do great! Grace was really young for her first flights too.

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    1. Haha thank for the reminder to not over-feed...she has no stop signal for herself so I'll have to stay on top of that :).

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