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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 07:09 AM   1
LIZZY55
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Has anyone taken a 5 Month old on a plane?


Hi I'm going on holiday with my 5month old daughter next week. Has anyone got any tips for flying or what to take on the plane. We're going to Spain for a week. We weren't going to take a car seat as we plan to just chill out in the villa. But we are taking her pushchair.

Do you sit with your baby on your knee? How much formula can you take on the plane?

Any advice will be much appreciated.



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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 07:20 AM   2
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Yes! We just got back on Friday... 4 hour flight and it was fine. I held her the whole time and they gave us a special belt for Arielle that attached to mine.

Arielle was really good and even thought the turbulance was hilarious. She kept giggling with every bump!

I just made sure I fed her during take off and landing... to help stop her ears hurting, otherwise they can't equalise. Sucking her dummy helped too. I BF, so not sure about formula quantities, but I'm sure you could call the air company.

I also recommend selecting your seats as far forward as you can in an aisle. They tend to shove you right at the back, and I found front was quieter. Aisle gives you a chance to stretch, but hubby was a bit cramped :-)

Enjoy your trip!



 
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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 07:23 AM   3
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We went with Lucie when she was 3 1/2 months and she was fab! Yes Lucie sat on my knee for most of the flight as she had her bottle on take off and went to sleep shortly after! I took enough for 6 bottles was worried about getting delayed. I made up 6 bottles with the correct amount of cooled boiled water and took the formula in measured out containers and they warmed the water up for me on the plane. If you have any more questions just ask?xx



 
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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 08:23 AM   4
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If you can, book priority boarding, especially if you're with someone like Ryan Air and don't have allocated seats. It's a must and well worth the money.

By law they have to sit on your knee and get a seatbelt which attaches to yours.



 
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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 08:31 AM   5
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We flew with Matthew a couple of weeks ago when he was 6.5 and 7 months. I took 6 bottles of formula on going and coming back because our flight was delyaed and could be delayed again I took the whole tub of formula out of my suitcase before checking in and carried it with me just in case. He was brilliant on the flight.

They give you a special mini seatbelt that attatches onto yours and I found it was pretty good because I could still lay him down across me with it on. I fed him a bottle during take off and landing on both flights and gave him a dummy to chew (he doesn't usually have a dummy)

With bottles they make you taste 50%. I was a numpty and thought that meant half of each bottle but it just means if you have 6 bottles you taste 3 and if you have a sippy cup you have to taste it the same goes with a jar/puch of food even if it's fully sealed.

I also took my mei tai with me for when we landed because it takes so long to get through security/passport controls etc and you don't get your buggy back until you're through all that and then onto baggage reclaim.

We thought we were being smart and booked a night flight and Matthew was far too interested in everything to actually sleep!



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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 08:33 AM   6
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I also took my mei tai with me for when we landed because it takes so long to get through security/passport controls etc and you don't get your buggy back until you're through all that and then onto baggage reclaim.
On my flight we got all the way to boarding, handed the pushchair over at the airplane door, and as we got off the plane they had already got out the pushchairs and we could collect it immediately. Maybe each airline is different?



 
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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 08:52 AM   7
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I flew with my LO at 5 weeks and recommend taking those mini pre-made cartons of formula. I used aptimil and as they are in a sealed carton its fine for the airlines. They are about 57p in boots or supermarkets. They are so much less hassle than measuring out powder and water etc. .



 
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Old Aug 17th, 2010, 09:46 AM   8
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I flew with my LO when she was about 4.5 months old. Although she did not sleep on the flight like I was hoping she didn't scream the whole time either. I brought powdered formula with me and then just bought bottled water on the other side of security to mix up the formula. She didn't seem to mind that it was not warm. Also, I would recommend using a sling or front carrier while you are on the plane. They normally won't let you use it for takeoff or landing, but if you want to walk your LO up and down the aisle it is useful and if for some reason you don't get your stroller back at the gate then it will be a real lifesaver.



 
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