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    LeahH is offline Registered User
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    Travel 6 weeks after birth

    Hi, I'm planning on flying to Paris 6 weeks after the birth of our first baby in August. Would be great if any has experience / tips on flying long haul with newborns? We'll only be there 1 x week and hope to rent an apartment as opposed to a hotel.

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    jamesandsimo is offline Registered User
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    Hi Leah
    I travelled back from aus when my boy was 12 days old. He slept pretty much the whole way. I then travelled again when he was 5 mths to canada and just recently to aus now he is 7.5 months.

    6 weeks will be quite easy to travel with considering they sleep so much in the day / night already and pretty much feed consistently every few hours.

    Some tips:

    1. Get to the airport early and ask for the bassinet! Ring and request it if you can.

    2. I took some muslin wraps or shaw and put them over the baby basket with some hair clips, this saved light going into his bed. I also took my breast feeding pillow so when they ask you to take them out of the bassinet during turbulance i put him on that.

    3. Take a change of clothes for yourself! If breastfeeding wear easy tops to breasfeed in. The chairs are not the most comfortable for feeding, so the pillow came in handy.

    4. Feed on take off and landing, this is good for their ears.

    5. Blankets; it can get quite cool on the plane so wrap the baby up or put in a grow bag to keep warm.

    6. A baby carrier is much easier to use than the stroller going through immigration.

    hope that helps

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    i took my 5 week old and my 2 year old on a VERY long trip (36 hours door to door!!!)

    the baby slept almost the entire time. it was EASY! enjoy it now. when they get mobile, it takes a lot more of your energy to keep them occupied.

    i didn't pay for an infant fare though, i paid for a child's fare for the baby, so i got a seat for her. this gave me a LOT more room.

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    My youngest did her first international trip at 11 days. Agree with jamesandsimo. We called several times to make sure we got a bassinette for her.

    The one bit of advice I can give was during turbulence they ask you to take baby out of bassinette. We refused to and they did allow us to keep her alseep in it as long as we were aware that it was at our risk!

    Will not let you do it duing take off and landing.

    Also found a baby carrier was GREAT during her awkake time I could just walk with her in it. Great also for the airport! Although I did need to take her out of it and have it scanned once.

    Good luck and have fun.

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    LeahH is offline Registered User
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    thanks everyone for the great advice!

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