Flying with a baby

Flying with a baby

This weekend I had my first experience of flying with a young baby.  At 9 months old, I was quite apprehensive of flying with Oliver, as he’s got to the stage where he doesn’t like to sit still for long and hates being confined.

On Thursday morning we flew from London Gatwick to Dublin,  our experience through the airport was great, we were called in to the family lane at security which made it so much quicker going through as there was no queue at all.  I kept Oliver in his Ergobaby carrier through the airport as I didn’t want to have to faff about with a pushchair when we got to the aircraft.  I think it was a great move as the amount of people I saw with buggies getting stuck on the stairs and then having to empty the buggy out, fold it down whilst making sure their child didn’t run away!

Both there and back Oliver fell asleep on my lap before we even took off.  I think he was tired from the excitement of the airport (because obviously airports are so exciting for a 9 month old!)  On the way out Oliver woke up about half way through the flight, he then enjoyed standing on mine and my mums laps looking around at everyone else on the plane.  He spent a good ten minutes or so staring at the girl sat next to my mum, who wouldn’t look at him, he sat there shouting at her and she completely ignored him!!  He didn’t want me to put his lap belt back on for the landing, but with the help of In the Night Garden he stayed put for the descent.

We were delayed by almost an hour sat on the runway on the way home due to thick fog, Oliver hadn’t been very well whilst we were away and he was still feeling grotty and quite sleepy so he actually slept the whole time we were waiting to take off until about 10 minutes before we landed.  He didn’t even know we had been sat waiting for so long!  He was so dozy he didn’t even seem bothered when we landed.

It was a really great experience and I definitely wouldn’t think twice about going on a flight with Oliver again, he was really good and didn’t make a fuss at all. If you use a baby carrier, I would recommend using it for the airport as it makes everything ten times easier to navigate!

Have you had a good or bad experience with flying with a baby?

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  1. November 21, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Our last plane trip resulted in TWO cancelled flights, luggage for six everywhere, fourteen hours at the airport, four kids, a hangover and eventually a private jet!

    Yeah- quite the trip.


    • mummymiller
      November 21, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Oh my gosh, that sounds like a nightmare..! Although a private jet doesn’t sound too bad!!

  2. November 21, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    awww my son wasn’t well on our first trip but unlike yours, he spent the whole 4 hour flight awake and wired. a night flight too. fun times. it was hard work. and then when we got to Bristol, our pram was literally the last thing off. had to wait over an hour. was crazy. #KCACOLS

  3. November 22, 2016 / 2:17 am

    You had a great time! Good news! Our first flight wasn’t too bad. Lilly fell asleep before take off both times but woke startled when the pilot spoke over the loud speaker. I used my ergo instead of the pram too. Love it! #GlobalBlogging

    • mummymiller
      November 22, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Oh no! I could barely hear the pilot so it was fine! So much easier using an Ergo!

  4. ohmummymia
    November 22, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I wrote a post about flying with baby for a first time:D That was one of my first posts:) my son was 3 month old during his first flight and he was so lovely:) I think he is better on it than me:D
    P.s I see that you have ergo carrier is it good? we need to buy new one proper one

    • mummymiller
      November 22, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Haha, I think Oliver was better than me!! Yes it’s brilliant, I have the Ergo 360 and it’s well worth the investment ☺️

  5. November 22, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    That last photo of him bless him, so adorable!!! Doesn’t sound like it was too bad thank god! #dreamteam

    • mummymiller
      November 23, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      A lot better than expected!

  6. November 23, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    We’ve never had to travel with a baby, but I’m dreading doing it with a 4 and 6 year old – pretty sure they are going to be more of a nightmare than a baby! #KCACOLS

    • mummymiller
      November 23, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      You never know, they might be so excited that they behave themselves!

  7. Ordinary Hopes
    November 23, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I have flown a lot with my younger son and, thankfully, he has been wonderful each time. Although once he started talking it got interesting. Nobody bats an eyelid at a child shouting “we’re going up” but a few looks came our way as we descended to “we’re going down!” #KCACOLS

    • mummymiller
      November 23, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Haha! I can imagine how that would unnerve some people!

      • Ordinary Hopes
        November 23, 2016 / 9:43 pm

        Ah yes, it was not one of our finer moments! He also added “look out below, we’re going to crash” a line from a Dr Seuss book called In a People House. Luckily he was young and his speech was not entirely clear enough for everyone to understand that line!

        • mummymiller
          November 23, 2016 / 9:44 pm

          ?? hahaha! Let’s hope there were no nervous fliers nearby!!

  8. Alana - Burnished Chaos
    November 23, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Glad you had a good experience, it can be so stressful. Thankfully we’ve always had really good experiences in terms of the kids behaving. We did get stranded once for over 7 hours in a small airport overnight with all shops cafes etc closed and only a handful of chairs for a plane load of passengers, we didn’t have a pushchair to put the baby in as had only taken the carrier and just had to take turns carrying him all night, we’ve always taken a pushchair since then.

    • mummymiller
      November 23, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Oh god that doesn’t sound good, I can imagine why you would want to take a buggy!

  9. November 23, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Our first ever flight as a family was to Australia! Go big or go home eh?! ? It was fine actually. L was well behaved and slept quite a bit. #BloggerClubUK

  10. thismumslife
    November 24, 2016 / 8:24 am

    I love the baby carrier tip!! I expect buggies and airports are a total nightmare! I’m glad it was a good experience for you, and you must be really pleased you’ve done it now! We have never flown with our two, we have totally wimped out, and are waiting until they’re older before we try it…!!

  11. November 24, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I dread flying with Max every time, but both times it’s been nowhere near as bad as I expected. The first time Max was 18 months and had been walking a little while, so I expected him to want to walk up and down the plane all the time. Luckily we wore him out at the airport and he fell asleep as soon as the engines started up and he slept the whole 3 hour flight! I think as long as you’re prepared, it’s not that bad (although we’ve only done short haul so far!) Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • mummymiller
      November 24, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      I think the key is to wear them out in the airport!!

  12. November 25, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    So glad to hear you had a good experience! We flew from Gatwick when we went to Lisbon last month and the family lane is brilliant! We had a really good experience flying out from there too! Oh an airports are still really exciting for my 3 and 6 year old! They love looking at all the planes!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

  13. November 27, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Well done! I first flew with Alice just after her first birthday and I was worried, but she was brilliant both ways. We then flew this year with both girls and I was terrified. But they were both amazing and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  14. November 27, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Well done on your first flight. It sounds like it went really well. Too bad the girl next to your mum wouldn’t look him, she obviously didn’t know what a cutie she was missing. Thank you for linking up to the #dreamteam.

  15. November 28, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I’ve had both good and bad! The worst was flying 28 hrs with just my 2 yo, who had motion sickness. The easiest (surprisingly) was flying 26 hrs with all 4 my kids. 5,4,2 and 9 months. But travelling with kids is definitely erm… interesting! 😉 Thank you for sharing with #globalblogging

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