170
Moms Expertise

Flying with 2 month old infant: helpful tips

Add your advice here…
Message length 300 characters recommended
04/02/15

The FAA recommends that all children use a child restraint on board an airplane from birth to 40 pounds. Airlines will allow you to hold your child on your lap until the age of the 2, though that puts them and you at risk. Many flights experience some type of turbulence, and most injuries happen then. If you are required to be buckled in during the flight, why would you also not want your baby to be safely buckled in? Just wanted to share this information for anyone out that may not know. Check out car seats for the littles for additional information.

03/28/15

1.When making reservations, request an aisle seat as close to the front of the plane as possible. Aisle seats give you better mobility in case you have to get up and walk around to soothe your baby, and quicker access to your seat when boarding and de-planing.

2. Get your baby used to a sling-type baby carrier, the most versatile carrier for traveling with a tiny baby. Slings enable you to carry baby in a variety of comfortable positions and to nurse discreetly. Also, sling carriers allow newborns to be covered up, which discourages strangers from bending over and touching them. Just before you board the plane, put your baby in the carrier and pace a while to lull her to sleep. Newborns are often easier to travel with than older babies because they sleep a lot. Chances are your baby will sleep through the entire flight.

3. Just before you board the plane, feed your baby and be sure to burp her well. In some aircraft, the lower atmospheric pressure at cruising altitudes can expand the air in the intestines. Eating and sucking can add more air to already bloated intestines, causing colicky, abdominal pain. If you do need to feed your baby during the flight, offer smaller, more frequent feedings, and burp well.

4. You may have heard that it's best to awaken and feed your baby upon takeoff and landing in order to relax her ears. The theory behind this advice is that changes in cabin pressure can cause unequal pressure on the eardrum, producing pain. If your baby's eustachian tubes are popped open, as they are during feeding or crying (or, in adults, yawning and chewing), the pressure will be equalized and the eardrums will relax.

5. Make sureyour diaper bag has extra clothes, diapers, wipes,
food, pacifiers, toys, and
blankets.

6. Tiny air passages and dry cabin air are not a comfortable mix. Take along some over-the-counter saltwater nasal spray for your baby. A couple times during the flight, gently spritz a spray into each nostril.

What is Moms Expertise?
“Moms Expertise” — a growing community - based collection of real and unique mom experience. Here you can find solutions to your issues and help other moms by sharing your own advice. Because every mom who’s been there is the best Expert for her baby.
Add your expertise
Baby checklist. Newborn
Flying with 2 month old infant: helpful tips
08/07/16Moment of the day
My Son Josiah, Me and My Gabriel
030
Browse moms
Moms of babies
SandyMandyMaricela4NicoleTishCharitaDanielleFeliciaMelissa4NicolleBethanySusan