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Hello. We are big travelers and are expecting a baby in a couple weeks! Looking to go to Florida or something over Christmas. Has anyone traveled on a short flight with a new born? Is it a bad idea?

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Wait for 8 vaccines unless you absolutely HAVE to fly (eg funeral). Nurse/bottlefeed on takeoff and landing to ease the ears. If you don’t buy a seat (and use a car seat), bring a front pack so the kid can nap on you. Mostly, Be patient. Kids cry. 98% of the rest of us passengers understand that.

My oldest is 5 and has 90+ flights under her belt. Other 2 are 1 and 3 and tracking the same pace. Infants and big kids pretty easy. Hardest age IMO is 8 months to 18 months. They’re so dang busy/wiggly, and don’t have the attention span for toys/coloring/iPad yet.

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90+ flights at 5 yrs old? How in the heck?

Yes! If you are having a September baby s/he will be 3 months by the trip? They’re actually very easy to travel with at that age since they’re so little, easy to entertain, sleep a lot and don’t try to run around or touch everything. It’s nice to either get them their own seat (in which case you bring on an infant car seat to put them in; many attach to a stroller which you can roll up to the plane and gate check) or to spring for first/biz to get more space, but for a short flight and a small baby you may be comfortable enough even without that.

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Did Hawai'i at 3mo. Definitely doable. Depends on the kid

Is it safe to travel when they are so little? Air pressure, germs, etc?

I waited until 2 months for the first round of vaccines to take them on planes, but especially if you get your own row, risk of getting sick is fairly low since they really aren’t trying to touch everything at that point. Just bring some wet wipes.
Mine never seemed to have any issues with air pressure but you can have them nurse/take a bottle around take off and landing.

I went to Florida (from NY) for Christmas when I was 6 months old and my parents talk about the trip a lot; they say it was awesome and really pleasant and relaxing even with me there as a baby. I would highly recommend.

Went to Disney with 2.5 mo old. He slept on the flight and was pretty easy. Made sure he had all vaccinations. Be careful during flu season though — that can be deadly for a newborn. They’re easy to dine with — they snooze in the carrier or stroller while you eat.

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