Anyway the journey begun with traveled dgn17 months old infant - our Q..! just imagine with a baby for almost 24hours flight journey...(sgt la scary nak mengahadapinye)..from Malaysia to Singapore (1hr flight)...Singapore to Hong Kong (4hrs flight)..Hong Kong to San Francisco(12hrs flight)...San Francisco to Denver..(3hrs flight)..plus the transit period approx. 24hrs journey from Malaysia to US..! phheewwww...the best way thing is if you could affort to buy another sit for your infant! For us we didn’yt buy it as the ticket is too way expensive!
There go some of my experience travelling with an infant;
i) Getting through the Security
To be safe, plan to be at the airport early. You might getting delays getting through the security! Q was in my back pack carrier which every time I went through the security I have to remove Q from the carrier and walked through the security with him. The stroller has to be emptied so remember do not put too much stuff in your stroller. The stroller need to be screened manually by a checker. Always were shoes which is easy to wear. You have to take it off same goes to the baby went you go through the security...sangat melecehkan..! Oohh...they do allowed you to bring a bottle of milk and water for the baby tho.
ii) Boarding the plane
When you get to the gate, you can gate-check your stroller but make sure you have to ask a tag for it. Just leave the stroller at the end of the jet-way. Pick it up when you get off the plane at the same spot. Remember fold it when you leave it – if it is not it might be damaged by airport luggage handlers!
iii) In the Air
One of the main sources of discomfort for infants traveling on airplanes is the change in cabin pressure when taking off and landing. Luckily my baby is a "thumb sucker" ( haha..lain mcm je bunyinye)..So not a big deal on the cabin pressure matter. Maybe for those ( i mean not a thumb sucker baby) please bring a bottle or pacifier to the child during take-offs and landing to help on the pressure matter.
Bring along stuff for the baby ex. : books, toys, crayon or anything to keep your baby busy! There was a time, I used the airsickness bags as a hand puppet~ just draw a silly face on the bottom of the bag and played a peekaaboo with him! it did keep him amused for a while! hihihi~
To those babies who drink formula..do bring your formula~ as for me..Q drink a fresh milk so it wont be a problem as the airline has plenty of it..Just asked from the flight attendant for a box of milk and then pour it into the bottle~! this is the advantage using a fresh milk rather than the formula..oohh dont forget to bring tidbit for the baby..it did helps me soo much..!
When it comes to change the diaper, remember to ask from the flight atttendant which ones have the changing tables. Not every airplane have this changing tables in their rest room esp. those domestic flight. Anyway please change the diaper in the rest room cause i dont think it would be a proper way to change it in your seat. But the changing table is kinda small, which Q is not even fit on the table no more..! Luckily I brought the pull-up pants diaper~ easier rather than using the normal diaper..
The main thing to remember about traveling with baby is to relax – it will likely go much better than you are anticipating! For us, the times that strangers and flight crews were kind and helpful far outnumbered the occasional rude stare. It was amazing how often business people and random strangers got misty-eyed looking at him and telling us about their own kids or grandkids. I do think it is among the best experienced ~travelling with a baby! Eventho in the end you will thank to GOD you arrived safely ~! hahahah..~ very happy indeed!
|Q in my backpack carrier|
|San Francisco Airport|
|Transit in Hong Kong|
|Daddy melepaskan gian!|
|Budak tak boleh duduk diam|
|Exhausted after the longest flight~12hours!|