Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

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eclaire
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Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

Postby eclaire » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:17 pm

Hello everyone,

We are planning a trip to Australia in order to visit family and introduce our new baby to them all. By the time the trip takes place, the baby will be 9-10 months old.

Does anyone have any advice or tips about how to manage this trip? For example, how does one tackle the bottle feeding on the flight? You able to take pre-made formula onto the flight? And pouches of baby purees? Should we also expect a certain amount of upset or earache during landings and takeoff, and what is the best way of handling this? Can one take Calpol onto a flight? What are the best distraction and soothing techniques?

All advice and suggestions are very welcome!

Thank you
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Re: Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

Postby eclaire » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:27 pm

Oh, and I forgot to ask ...... how does one handle the jet lag, and get the baby to adjust as much as possible? Is this also a problem on the flight, while trying to manage their mealtimes and sleep times?

Thanks again!
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Re: Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

Postby Pod » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:34 pm

Hi there, totally empathise with your situation my husband is Australian and we've done the trip every other year.
We travelled with our 10mth old and toddler couple of years ago.

In answer to your questions:
Yes you can take pouches of food and formula - ready mixed formula in cartons (this is best as you can't guarantee freshly boiled water on the plane. Take plenty of bottles, if you're having a stop over you can wash and sterilise them- take Milton tablet sterilising travel bags (fill them in hotel bath/sink overnight)

Calpol is also allowed on flight.

Try and time it so you offer a feed on take off which will help with ears pressure and you could also give Calpol in advance. Dummy if your baby uses them? I actually reintroduced a dummy at 10mth specifically for the 24hr flight having ditched it at 3mths- was a saviour.
Pack teething granules too.

Pack a bag of spare outfits for baby but place each full outfit inside a plastic bag - so if there's a vomit or accident you can just grab a carrier bag and then stuff dirty things inside it once changed.
Pack yourself a spare outfit like this too (hubby got vomited on twice on flight!)

when it comes to entertainment- try and pack small new things in separate net bags get one out each hour. Small happyland figures, stacking cups, cloth books, chewing toys, an old purse/wallet filled with things they can pull out, equally empty cup and spoon, toothbrush from meal service.

Take a sling and walk the aisles to soothe or distract - toilets are handy to shut yourself in during a scream fest

Packs of heavy duty silicone ear plugs (bio ears mega pack) to hand out to nearby passengers if things get noisy. We also apologised in advance to nearby fellow passengers saying it was our baby's first flight.

Sleep when baby sleeps - tempting to watch movie but you pay for it later.

We find having a stopover to sleep and break up the flight really helps

Don't worry too much about jet lag it's going to happen no matter how much you try and steer things. Make sure first nap of the day is short a long lunch one - lots of daylight and fresh air on arrival and don't be afraid to offer feeds at night waking to help sleep return (but also their bodies think it's lunchtime at 2am!)
Takes 2weeks to adjust to the jetlad so depending how long you're there it'll be 10days to get in sync.

I hope this helps - happy to chat if you want to discuss further? It's not as bad as everyone makes out xxx
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Re: Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

Postby mymyherewegoagain » Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:09 pm

I second the change of clothes for yourself.  Also take way more nappies than you think you need and a box of ziplock bags.

Not sure if you've got a bassinet seat or if you've booked a separate seat for your child.  If your child has his own chair, take a carseat with you.  I travelled long distance many times alone with my child and he always sat in his car seat on the plane, he was comfortable and properly secured.  The carseat I used was a really lightweight COSCO Scenera, not sure if they're available here.  This might all be irrelevant for this trip but bear it in mind for the future ones.

Good luck and have a lovely trip.  
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Re: Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

Postby eclaire » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:59 pm

Thank you for the really helpful answers! Feels like we’re planning a military operation but I’m sure we’ll be glad of it in the end! 😄

Thanks again, x
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Re: Advice for long haul travel with a 9-10 month old

Postby HR2611 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:26 pm

I took a proper pillow when I did long haul with my baby which was really helpful, as I could lay him on the pillow on my lap instead of having to support him. It meant we were both more comfortable and I could have hands free to eat, drink and read, plus I could pass him over to my husband more easily.
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