Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Traveling with a baby

My husband and I are flying to Colorado tomorrow with our 6 month-old, and we are pretty anxious about it. Our son is not the most "portable" baby--doesn't fall asleep just anywhere, is not easily content, etc. Thankfully, our two flights are short ones (if all goes smoothly), but we do have a layover and a 2-hour drive to the airport.

If you've traveled with a baby and have encouragement or advice to share, we would very much appreciate it! (No horror stories, please--we've heard enough of those already!)

We know prayer is powerful, and I also need to be mindful of the comforting words from Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Thank you in advance for your responses!


Kristin said...

I'll be praying for you! I'm confident that the Lord's grace was upon us as we traveled as a result of so many prayers! Yet regardless of how things turn out, you can be confident that things went just as the Lord planned!

I would definitely give him Tylenol just before boarding to head off any ear pain he might feel. And let him nurse as much as he would like (within reason I suppose). When we didn't have our blankets for that one flight, nursing was Bethany's "blanket" for that flight and it settled her right down to sleep.

Personally, I brought Benedryl with me in case I got desperate. But I was advised that it backfired on one family I know where it made the kid tired but couldn't sleep so then he was a wreck. But I figure if they're already a wreck, there would be no harm in trying it. But if you haven't used it before to know the results on your child, I would leave it as a last resort.

When we checked in, I requested a that the extra seat in our row (if it applies) be kept empty if at all possible. I find it much less stressful when you have a little (little is better than none!) wiggle room. They blocked it for us, and it remained empty. There is no guarantee, but it always worth the try.

I pray that you would have peace today, and get some good sleep tonight. Try not to worry! I always took some degree of comfort in the fact that either things will go great or you'll never see these people again anyway! And you'll have some loving, helping hands on the other side of the flight to help you! Enjoy your time with your family! Let us know how it goes!

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

Don't worry too much. We flew from China to the states in April after only having our 9 month old daughter for 10 days.

My advise would be to have the bottle handy for landing and take off incase the pressure upsets his ears and then have snacks handy.

Megan only sleep for about two hours on our 13 hour flight. Everyone we encountered on the plane was very nice and the flight crew went out of their way to be sure that Megan had everything she needed.

Relax it will fine!

Anonymous said...

Dear Carrie,

You've received some great advice, so I will only add that you'll all be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow -- we can't wait to see you!

Love, Mom

A, B & C said...

Don't worry at all! We've done two 9-hour overnight flights (and people who want sleep rarely like crying babies), but it was fine!
Our only problem is that since we wanted a "seat" for Love Bug so we didn't have to hold her for 9 hours, we had to have her sitting in her carseat during take-off and landing, so no breastfeeding. But I also couldn't take liquid (pumped milk) on the plane, so I just took a bottle and had the flight attendant fill it up with water and give me a sugar packet from the coffee tray. I made a little concoction of sugar water and she sucked happily during take off and landing.
I know everyone will advise you to use medicines, but we were told that it just makes some babies more tired or anxious and less likely to suck easily... which is what will unblock their ears... and stop the pain. Medicines will help with some of the pain, but they will still feel the pressure and be uncomfortable.
We had a great experience and the flight attendants were so nice! In fact, one of the French male flight attendants stopped by everytime he walked by to coo at her, even when she was feeding. So, no concerns about breastfeeding on the plane with Un.ited I guess!

Jody said...

I wish I had read this before you left as we have done quite a bit of traveling with our two. I hope the trip went well and no one was too traumatized.