I went to Majorca with dd last year n she was 10.5 months old!
It really was fine! She slept mostly on the plane except on way ther taking off hurt her ears but I give her a bottle n cuddle n helped!
If u goin somewher hot id get a sleep shade for buggy I used it day n night for naps n to get her asleep if we went out etc!
I'd just take plenty of nappies and wipes as we ran out n they were so expensive! Didn't use mch clothes for her swim suit in day maybe a vest if we went out n she slept in vest at night! I'd also take a little kettle if hotel doesn't have one as we used it for sterilising an makin bottles although she mainly drank water or juice n we would buy a massive bottle of water every couple days!
we just got back from crete with out 6month old. outbound flights were horrendous, he cried most of the time!! lol, was an angel on the way back tho, but then we did give him calpol! haha
you can take as much baby food and milk as you need in you carry on luggage and as much as you want in your holdal luggage. be prepared to taste the baby milk at security tho and make sure things like calpol etc are within the 100ml limit and in a plactic clear bag.
take nappies with you as they can be very expensive abroad, and i would take wipes and a full change of clothes for each day unless you know you will be able to do laundry.
take a hat too! we forgot a hat for lo and had to fashion one out of a muslin cloth! lol.
its actually very easy having a lo abroad, its just the flight that can be long x
We went to NZ in December and Thailand at the beginning of this month- LO was 8 months in December and almost 10 months when we went to Thailand. We live in Japan so it's a 12 hour flight to NZ and 6 hours to Thailand.
Honestly, it was a lot easier than I had expected. LO still loves to be held to sleep so it was actually ideal for him and he slept well, especially on the overnight flight to NZ- I was amazed to wake up at one point and find we'd both slept for about 4 hours!
tracy has good advice above- I found that his favourite toys worked better than new toys though in our case. Just putting them away for a couple of weeks before we left meant he was really happy to see them again.
We took plenty of snacks like rice crackers and those were often the only thing that kept away a meltdown! I BFed during landings most times and we had no ear problems at all. Take off doesn't usually cause most people ear pain, just popping, and LO was quite happy during take off whether I fed him or not.
Lo was too big for the bassinet but having the bulkhead (i.e. front of a section) seats on the flight to and from Thailand was great- some room for LO to crawl around on the floor and noone to put their seats back and take the space away.
Not sure about the baby food as LO isn't good with eating from spoons so we just fed him bits of the in flight meals as well as his snacks. We had no trouble taking his sippy cup with water through security- mostly they didn't even check it, just once a security guard opened the cup and smelled the water!
On the NZ trip OH was with us and on the Thailand trip both OH and MIL so I could always pass LO to someone when I went to the toilet or to eat or just needed a break from holding him. Taking a long flight alone with a baby must be quite a different experience, not sure how I would cope with that!
Oh, and if you have a longer flight (5+ hours) make sure you take in your hand luggage at least two changes of clothes for LO and one for your self- when we went to NZ LO had a bit of an upset tummy on the plane and first his nappy leaked poo so I had to change him, and then in transit in the Australian airport he threw up all over himself and me- it was like a river, I was so glad I had a change of trousers for myself! Luckily he was fine after that.
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