[Parentsgroup-list] Tips for traveling with an infant?
prowse at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Jun 27 15:54:26 EDT 2007
I have a quick side note to Malcolm's point that airlines don't require =
documentation of age for under-2 travelers. It won't apply to an =
8-week-old, of course, but airlines do require proof they have any =
reason for doubt. I turned up for a flight with my 22-month-old and =
they wouldn't let us on the plane, citing FAA regulations (which may =
have been a scare tactic). I guess it's fair enough that they can't =
tell the difference between a 23-month-old and a 25-month-old - they =
certainly didn't give me the benefit of the doubt and I had to get my =
pediatrician to fax confirmation before they would let me through =
(since I didn't happen to be carrying her birth cert.). Just a thought =
for anyone who may be deliberately planning a trip just before a child =
hits the magic age...
On Jun 27, 2007, at 2:03 PM, Malcolm_Williams at ksg.harvard.edu wrote:
> Hi Judith,
> My wife Susan and I have 2 kids, 3 years and 1 year.=A0 Because Susan's =
> family is in California and mine is in Pennsylvania, our kids have =
> taken many long flights and car rides.=A0 We have never had to buy a =
> ticket for them before they turned 2 (by the way the airlines don't =
> require documentation of age).=A0 This is largely because of cost, but I =
> never felt like we needed the extra seat.=A0
> You may bring your car seat through security to the gate and ask if =
> you have an extra seat next to you.=A0 If there is one you can use your =
> car seat on the plane (the car seat goes in the window seat).=A0 If not, =
> they will check it for you at the gate--you'll also pick it up at the =
> gate when you land.=A0 The airlines have been very good about finding us =
> an entire row if one is available, so make sure to ask.
> When we don't get to use the car seat the kids have sat in our laps.=A0 =
> On these occasions we use our baby bjorn.=A0 They've always been good =
> about napping in this for us, even on planes.=A0 I haven't seen masks =
> for kids, but when they get excited/fussy/overtired we walk the aisle =
> of the plane to help soothe them to sleep.=A0 If they start looking at =
> the other passengers we'll cover their heads loosely with an=A0extra=A0te=
> shirt or blanket to block out the sights.=A0 Night flights are generally =
> dark anyway which is helpful.=A0 If you use a baby bjorn, it will be =
> helpful to have it on the plane regardless of whether you get the =
> extra seat.
> Their ears can hurt during take off and landing so we feed them during =
> these times.=A0
> We've never had a problem with stollers and car seats counting against =
> the number of carry-ons/checkins when we take them all the way to the =
> When we fly west we usually take a late evening flight.=A0 They tend to =
> stay up later than they would at home and it's easier to get them to =
> sleep through the night on the first night which helps with jet lag.=A0 =
> On the way back we take a morning flight and then put them to bed =
> right when we get home.
> Driving is usually pretty easy, and we do stop to feed, but this is =
> usually just a couple of times a trip.=A0 We also found that it is =
> easier for them to sleep in the car if they are alone in the =
> Good luck!
> I hope things are well with you.
> -----parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu wrote: -----
>> To: Parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>> From: Judith_Scott-Clayton at ksgphd.harvard.edu
>> Sent by: parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>> Date: 06/27/2007 10:47AM
>> Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Tips for traveling with an infant?
>> Dear wise ones,
>> My husband and I will be taking our 8-week old on a weekend trip to =
>> visit ailing relatives in rural Oklahoma.=A0 Getting there requires two =
>> 2.5 hour flights and a 2 hour car ride.=A0 We are a little nervous =
>> since up till now the longest trip she's taken is a 10 minute car =
>> ride.=A0 We would love any advice people might have on how to make =
>> things more bearable.=A0 Among other things, I'm wondering:
>> 1. We are planning to carry the infant "in arms" on the plane.=A0 Is =
>> this a terrible idea (ie how hard should we try to purchase an extra =
>> seat if possible)?=A0
>> 2. If the baby doesn't use the car seat on the plane, do we have to =
>> check it before security or will they let us take it through and =
>> check the seat/stroller at the gate?
>> 3. Does the car seat/stroller/diaper bag=A0count against the number of =
>> items we can take through security?=A0
>> 4.=A0Would you recommend also carrying a bottle for feeding during the =
>> car ride, or do you just pull over frequently?
>> 5. Our baby gets overstimulated easily and so I'm a little worried =
>> about the extended time in the airport/plane (especially since much =
>> of it will be in the very late evening/early morning when she would =
>> usually be sleeping).=A0 Any suggestions on how to how to help her shut =
>> out all the lights/noise?=A0 Do they make those little eye covers in =
>> baby sizes?
>> 6. Any other general advice or warnings about what we should expect?
>> Many thanks,
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