My family lives on the other side of the world. When hubby and I found out we were having a baby, we came up with a plan that we will take the baby to my home country, Philippines. The main reason was for my big family to see my first born specially my grandmother.
The ideal age for babies to travel on a plane is at least 6 months. We waited and hoped everything goes well specially the baby. It wasn’t only the baby that I was worried about, the flight was going to be at least 17 hours all the way, plus stop overs. Whew!
Fast forward to the happy arrival of our baby boy. My parents came over one month after I gave birth. Their supposedly one month holiday turned five months, because I asked them to stay until my baby turns 6 months. After all, the last thing I would do was to travel alone with a screaming baby on my hand inside the plane. They gladly said yes to everything. My husband can’t travel going as the holiday was for five weeks, he was only allowed to have 2 weeks off his work at that time.
Finally my baby received all the immunisation he needed at 6 months. Check ups and more checks ups we went, I made sure everything was okay. To add to the long list of my worries, baby contracted diarrhoea a day before we fly, at the same time started teething.
DURING THE FLIGHT:
I made sure the flights I booked was his sleeping time, afternoon going and night time coming back. Planning the journey back to the homeland was exciting and stressful at the same time. It was also my first time to go home in five years.
All my fears of travelling with a baby started building up when we got to the airport. We were not able to get the front seat where the bassinet is located. But the staff made sure my Parents, Baby and I get the best seats as possible, 2 empty seats beside me and across the aisle were my parents. It was comfortable enough that my baby was able to sleep soundly in between the 2 empty seats.
I gave him his milk during take off to help him cope with the engine noise (he is bottle feed). But surprised to my surprise! my baby was laughing while the plane was taking off! he thought the engine sound was funny!. It was such a relief to see my baby is having fun, something I was not expecting 😀
Teething and diarrhoea never seemed to bother him at all, he turned out to be a happy traveller. On the other hand he made his toilet business quite seriously, sometimes he even looked as if he was laughing at mommy every time mommy cleans his wee bumbum 😀 (I’m not complaining at all!).
At last after 4 hours, the flight to Istanbul arrived! not to mention one of the best landing I have experienced. Next thing was, we had to deal with the 9 hour lay over. We never planned of going out due to the luggages we have had on hand. We waited at the airport for our next flight to Manila which will take 11 hours straight.
I was expecting my baby to fall sleep right away during our wait for the next fight, but “NO” he enjoyed looking around and talking with the other passengers (he’s quite talkative and entertaining), playtime never stopped and he didn’t seem to get tired, but me and my parents already were. He managed to sleep for only 30 minutes out of 9 hours! plus popped here there and everywhere 😀 (nope not complaining part 2!).
Flight to Manila:
At long last! the wait was over, the flight to Manila was on time and everybody was happy. As expected right away my wee baba fell asleep!. During this flight he also had an uncontrollable stomach movements, he blow up one time that I needed to strip him down, and clean him vigorously (vigorously? I can’t think of any other word :D). Thanks goodness! I was travelling with my parents! 6 hands was so much better than 2!. I did brought more than enough changing clothes, wet wipes and nappies due to his situation. Most importantly I gave him a lot of water to keep him hydrated. After all that he was going through, he remained a happy traveller. Yes he cried a bit, when he got tired and could hardly wait for his food. Swollen gums? teething problems? nope! bonjela was just one shake away!.
While on Holiday:
So finally baba was able to met most of the family. He enjoyed the crowd so much! (Filipino family ties is big that goes on and on and on and on), he seldomly cries. Great-grandma who was too excited to met him didn’t want to leave him at all. He also had his first swimming experience which he loved so much. Family was all over him, always queuing who watches him next, who feeds him next, who gives him a bath….so on and so forth! 😅 Life was so easy for the mommy. 😄 But then again holidays are never long enough….. back to reality…..
Flight Back to Scotland:
Finally time to go back home, hubby followed us to Philippines two weeks before we fly back to Scotland.
This flight was so much easier, we changed airlines as well. We were able to get the baby bassinet on both flights, from Manila to Dubai, and Dubai to Scotland. After a 5 week holiday, diarrhoea was finally gone (of course) and the two front, up and bottom teeth were already showing.
The flight from Manila to Dubai was a rough one, we hardly used the bassinet as we had to hold the baby everytime the seatbelt lights were on! Well most of the time they were on. (nope not complaining part 3). There is nothing we can do when the bad weather takes over. Hubby and I were tired as %^%@. Other than that, kudos to the pilots and flight attendants who made sure passengers were okay.
The second leg of our flight was the easiest one. After a 3 hour stop over in Dubai, flight back to Scotland was ready and on time!. All 3 of us were finally able to sleep more soundly. And mama’s arm was able to rest at long last!. Baby got goodies from the airline as well as gifts for being a first time flyer!
All in all, I would say my baby’s first time flight was a good one!. This wee man is going to be a traveller as he grow older. I’m glad he was able to cope up with everything he was going through during this trip!. More travels and fun times to go!!!.
Lastly, I would strongly suggest having a companion is the best option if you’re travelling with a baby. You don’t know how badly you would need a helping hand until you are there!.
Thanks! and until next blog!
Have a good day!