12 September, 2008

Air Travel with Infants: Tips?

Tengah prepare flight travel dengan Syirah nanti. Kalo ada Papa takpe la jugak. Ni kami berdua je, aku sorang nak handle Syirah oohh.. So jumpa ni dalam website, hopefully dapat lah sikit ilmu.

If travelling with kids, especially flying, then:

1. Books - Carry reading books (new ones preferably), colouring books and crayons, and if you can afford a portable DVD player...its fantastic! -- kena bawak flash cards Syirah la ni.

2. Bathroom - Make your kids use the toilets before boarding the aircraft as they are spacious and much cleaner compared to the aircraft ones! Carry baby wipes as you will need them a lot in-flight for a quick wipe up. Be sure to put them in a place easily accessible to you throughout the flight. -- of course baby wipes mesti ada. siap2 tukar diaper dia lah before boarding.

3. Seat choice - Only choose bulkhead seats if your baby needs a baby bassinet. If not get any other seats in preference. My reason for this is that at the bulkhead seats the armrest cannot be moved, while in normal seats the armrests can go up. This is far better if your baby wants to lie down on the seat with her head on your lap. -- done masa buat booking aritu.

4. Food - Carry biscuits, water, juice & snacks for your kids. Also carry milk packets (the UHT small packets) yourself. Airline snacks run out in flight and milk is a shortage very often. The cabin crew should not be blamed if this happens - it's not up to them to bring milk. They have to see to over 400 passengers too! -- kena bawak banyak2 BabyBites le jawabnya.

5. Ear pressure - If your baby is on a bottle or breastfeeding, give them the bottle or the breast for take-off & landing. It's the best things for their ears and they will also be relaxed.If your child is big, then carry cotton or ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. This helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears. -- pepandai la tutup tinger Syirah nanti or bagi dia susu je.

6. Health - If your child has a cold please ensure you have seen a doctor before the flight to check if the child is fit to fly. Even if the doctor says it's OK, please use your judgment. I see kids flying a cold and they really are in a bad state for take-off & landing. It is extremely painful for them if they are all congested & blocked up and they cannot pop their ears. It is very dangerous to their eardrums too! -- hopefully sihat insyaAllah.

7. Bottle heating - If you ask the crew to heat up the baby bottle, please check the temperature of the liquid yourself periodically and don't depend on the crew. They are extremely busy and no-one is free even for 5 minutes to stand by the bottle. Crew can unfortunately forget about your bottle for a long time and most crew in Ecomony Class are not mothers themselves (as they are very young) so they do not necessarily know the right temperature for a child's feed.Crew are most willing to help you but please remember, they are extremely busy. -- ala we are their customer what? hehe

8. Rubbish - Get a carrier / plastic bag from the crew, to put your garbage in and keep your area clean. Carry fragranced bags to dispose of daipers and put them in the toilet bins. -- nak beli kat ne fragranced bags ni?

9. Clothes - Carry a change of clothes for your child ALWAYS and it is advisable to carry a change of top / t-shirt for yourself too. You NEVER know when you will need it... -- baju Mama pun kena prepare ni..dibuatnya Syirah vomit ke.

Kalau u ols ada experience or any tips, sila la share. Sangat dialu-alukan.


mommyqareena said...

Mama Syirah, dun worry so much.Dulu masa pi Langkawi naik aeroplane,Qareena so excited. lagi la guna buckle baby jer, duduk tepi tingkap pulak tu. Siap breastfeeding kan dia. Just show syirah, view2 kat luar, tunjuk awan sumer tu.sure dia sker.Pastu ikut je tips yg dlm website tu.

mama-syira said...

thanks mommyqareena. bukan apa, risau sebab sorang2 nak handle Syirah. tapi selalu pun memang survive sorang2. hehe. ala lagipun tak jauh..hopefully semua ok. ;)

mama alicianorman said...

yes saya pun masa pergi koh samui dan Australia baru ni..alicia ok aje...siap bagi dia duduk dalam carseat yg diletak kat kerusi airplane. Dia pun ok aje...ikut tips yg website tu bagi..insyaalah dia ok. Just layan dia baca buku , bagi dia main2 sikit...just let her do what she want to do...then should be ok..heheh

mama-syira said...

mama alicianorman,

tq very much. ala malu le pulok, kami ni bukan nak gi mana. just balik kg je..ekekekke

anyway, thanks for sharing ;)

Deqna said...

ooo ni fly nak balik kampung hubby raya nanti kan??? betul tak??