Tips for flying with baby

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tips for flying with baby
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Mon, 08-23-2010 - 3:28pm

Hi ladies,


DH and I are preparing for another trip to visit my family in Canada, but this time by plane. We will be flying for about 5 hours, with a

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 10-14-2010 - 9:14am
Hi Jess!

I would highly recommend renting or borrowing any baby equipment you can! We didn't bring a car seat either because the limo co provided one for us (for the same price as a taxi) and my aunt doesn't drive so I knew we would be taking public transit everywhere. It was hard enough getting through the airport with a baby and all our carry ons so I couldn't imagine having to lug a car seat or stroller too. We ended up being switched to a different carrier on our way home because our first flight was going to be delayed so we were going to miss our second flight. We ended up having to go through customs and security like 3 times and had to literally run from gate to gate. Having Selin in the Ergo made the running around a lot easier.

Also, if Gabby is at all congested the week of your flight, have your ped check her out. I brought Selin in two days before we left because her and i had colds off and on and our ped suggested to give her 1/4 tsp of Childrens Benadryl 20 min before we got on the plane. I believed this really helped her sleep on our flights going there but it didn't work on the way back, lol.

My DH is from Izmir. We fly direct to Istanbul then have to take another plane to Izmir so it is a long haul. I have never been to Kudadasi but I have heard good things. I'm glad you guys enjoyed your trip! I've only been once, for my BILs wedding in 2006 but I found the people to be very hospitable as well and the food - Omg, relish!! :-)

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Wed, 10-13-2010 - 7:52pm

I just wanted to thank all of you ladies for all these tips. DH and I are planning a trip out to DC in the spring and I never thought to rent things. We are going to see if we can borrow stuff from his cousin that is out there. She has a 3 YO and a 6 month old. so they have a few things. All depends on if my SIL, BIL and niece come with, but either way it's all great information :)


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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 10-12-2010 - 11:44pm

Hi Lorien!

Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time in Halifax! What a beautiful, quaint city! For some reason I can no longer

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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 9:33am
When this has come up for me, I've opted to wear him in the Ergo.
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 2:02am
Anyway you can take a bus? As those are safe without carseats:)
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 9:11pm

Seriously, there is no best way to buckle her in. There is no way she is safe just in a seat belt. The possibly minutely safer way is in her own seat belt, because if there is an accident she will just go flying rather then having your body weight slam into her first, but either way totally not safe.

And yes I know how horrible that sounds. We did take Desmond in a cab 3 times with no car seat at 8 weeks old, but I never felt safe about it, and I would never do it again.




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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 6:49pm

Thanks for the tips! I've heard it's a very scenic city so I'm excited to see it.

One more question for you all...while I'm not very comforable with the idea of Selin riding in a cab without a car seat, if the cab shows up without one, what's the best way to buckle her up - in her own belt or inside the belt on my lap??

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 4:31pm

Sorry, braindead. Yes, the Maclaren Quest. We used the snugride+frame until 6 months, and the quest has been our only stroller since then, and I expect it to work until he's done his stroller days. So even though it was a little pricey (though nothing compared to some) it's been totally work it. And it's wheels are much better than a lot of the cheaper umbrella strollers. It's really sturdy.

In Halifax, I love the Maritime Museum. I also just love it as a city to walk around and explore. Both times I've been were part of longer Nova Scotia trips. Cape Breton is fantastic, but a bit of a hike. But it's all just gorgeous up there. Is she likes being in the Ergo, you could also look into doing some sort of day sail or whale watch.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 3:58pm

Hi Lorien,


We're only going to be there for 3 nights at the most and my aunt doesn't have a car so it's not worth it to bring our own or make her go and buy one ahead of time.


I can't find the Graco Quest stroller online - did you mean

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Mon, 08-23-2010 - 6:50pm

For the pack n play, if you're going to be there for a full week, it may be cheaper to just buy one (or have your aunt buy it in advance). When we did this, we had our family donate it after we left.

The Graco Quest stroller (which I highly recommend) we started using at 4 months, but it worked better at 6 months.

Some cab companies will provide a car seat. You could call around and see. Or, to solve both that and the stroller problem, you could get a carseat-stroller frame and take that instead.

For other tricks - nursing really is key. And some toys she really loves. Maybe even an ipod or something that does video (we don't usually do video, but airplanes are the main exception).

Good luck and have fun. I love Halifax so much, I'm jealous!

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