Taking your baby on the long-haul flight to Australia — more survival plans!

I received an email the other day, with lots of questions regarding flying with babies (in this case twin five-and-a-half month-old boys!) from Brisbane back to the UK. The questions touched on some subjects I have already written about in past blog postings, but they also raised some new points that I haven’t yet written about, and so I felt I should share these answers in case they help anyone else. When you’ve got a long flight on a plane with a small person to face, sometimes there can never be too much advice!

Tips on coping with the changing timezones when you have a strict routine for sleeping and feeding to follow:

Image of Miss Small Person sleeping on my lap on the flight from Heathrow to Adelaide, South Australia
Miss Small Person slept quite well on my lap — and so did I!

My answer to this question was that much as this sounds like suicide, it’s actually best to not stress about the routine too much while you are on the flights, but be strict about trying to get back into it over 2—3 days when you get there, and get back. On the flights, it’s every man for himself I said 😉 and just do anything that works for you or the babies to get through it, and deal with sleep and routines when you get there. (Can you tell I was the one who chucked Gina Ford in the bin after about 5 minutes!).

Miss Small Person has sorted herself out, jetlag-wise, way better than Andy and I have on both Aussie trips we’ve done with her, which always surprised us. For a while now, Miss Small Person has sussed out that when she has a bath, etc…, then it was time for ‘big sleep’ soon after, so therefore if she had a bath at bedtime when we arrived, she soon worked it out. You will probably get 2—3 nights of a baby waking up at random times for a bit, but that soon sorts itself out back to ‘normal’.

In terms of feeding, the main thing I tried to keep the same were the gaps between feeds. Miss Small Person was still on 3-4 hourly feeds during day time when we went with her the first time (4-5 months), so I tried to keep that as near to ‘normal’ as possible, and then sorted out ‘night’ when we got there, or if she went to sleep. If you are taking a night flight as the first flight, then that works well as being ‘like’ normal bedtime. The Transit Hotel in Singapore Airport is good for a break and a bath etc. We did that last time, and they can provide cots. When you get there, like I say, that is when you need to try and ease back into ‘normal’ routine. You might find that bedtime is an hour or so earlier/later than usual for a couple of days, but we tried to creep it back to the right time of day. Main thing is — if they fall asleep during the day and it’s been a while, then wake them up for a bit and try and hang on to a reasonable bedtime. But as I said before — on the flight, routine out the window! and just chill and do what they want to do. They will probably sleep more than you think they will… honest!

Tips on how to entertain a baby on the plane during their waking hours:

We took a couple of Miss Small Person’s books that she liked to look at (over and over again!), and some little cuddly-type toys we could waggle around and she could look at. We took a few strolls up and down the aisles, and hung out with the cabin crew at the back of the plane, but mostly she was OK just being jiggled about and sitting with us. We didn’t use the baby carrier in the aisles, but they could come in handy if a baby requires lots of trips down the aisles to save arm strain!

Nappy-change facilities

The change-table folds down from the wall in the loos and usually goes over the toilet area. It’s actually quite a handy set-up with lots of flat surfaces for wipes, creams, nappies etc, all within reach, and there is a hook on the back of the door for a bag. And if not screaming (!) then your little ones might enjoy the shiny lights and the big mirror in there 😉

Just how big is a bassinet, what is it made from, and what might you need to bring along?

Image of Miss Small Person playing in her bassinet on the flight from Heathrow to Adelaide, South Australia
Miss Small Person was quite happy to amuse herself in her bassinet for some of the time, so try to remember to pack some smaller toys in your hand luggage

Singapore Airlines bassinets are the biggest you can get on a plane (see my earlier posting about bassinet sizes). Miss Small Person slept happily in one when she was 15 months, and I have seen nearly 2-year-olds sleeping happily in them — they are pretty roomy! You don’t need to take a mattress, as the bassinet is all set up to be comfy and they come round and put in a sheet and a fleecy blanket on the bottom. We took our own cotton blankets for putting over Miss Small Person (the ones with the holes in), but she was happy on the fleece bottom blanket.

Doesn’t the general environment of an aeroplane (noises, bright lights, temperature, turbulence, etc) upset a baby regardless?

The good thing about the flights is that the background noise on the plane is the white noise that babies love, and it helps them sleep. I am always amazed at how Miss Small Person just sleeps through it! You should take jumpers though, as sometimes it can get cold on the flights when they are sleeping. Also, I sometimes put a muslin over where Miss Small Person’s head is in the bassinet (you’ve probably seen that photo!) just to stop the glare of the lights if they are on.

Don’t fly without these… essentials for your hand luggage to ensure surviving a flight with a baby

100 muslins!! Take lots of muslins, and also changes of clothes just in case (I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this!). Disposable bibs are good (I know you can buy those in Australia too) — these are paper ones that you chuck away afterwards, so no soggy milky bibs! Pre-sterilised disposable bottles are great. I’m sure you should be able to get these from a pharmacy? They are one-use-only, and come individually wrapped in a bag all sterilised (not very ‘green’, but very handy, in the UK you can get these in Boots). And cartons of ready-made formula — much easier to deal with.

Warming a bottle/boiling water

I would not use the ‘boiled’ water they have on the flight, and I would bring your own cooled down pre-boiled water already in bottles, or ready made cartons (test these out before you leave though, so you know your baby likes the taste of them!).  If you want a bottle warmed, the Flight Attendants will do it at any time, and I would get them to do a couple once everyone is on board and they are doing the final checks. Or get a couple of bottles filled-up in a cafe with boiling water, just before you board, and then they should have cooled down OK for the hour later when you will take off.

Everything takes twice as long with a baby, so what about arriving twice as early for your plane?

Image of Miss Small Person with_her_noise_reduction_headphones on the flight from Dubai to Heathrow
Miss Small Person tests out the noise-reduction headphones in business class on the flight home last year

Actually once the ‘leaving the house’ part is done (which takes forever — right?!), then it’s not too bad. Don’t plan to do much at the airport apart from a coffee for you, a milk for baby and a nappy-change, and you won’t be disappointed. Actually, you will probably find the flight goes much much quicker when you are wrangling babies! Weird, I know. We didn’t need to take that much more time, and was cheaper as I didn’t spend half an hour in duty free 😉

Unhappy babies in confined spaces — making it easier for your fellow passengers…

There will always be a couple of people who will be annoyed when your baby starts to cry, but then I get annoyed with seat-kickers (oooh SO annoying!). Main thing is to just stay calm. Of course your babies will cry on the flight — they cry normally, right? So don’t worry. It is very unlikely they will be the only babies on the plane, for a start. And they won’t cry the WHOLE flight, as they will sleep sometimes 😉

On our last trip home, Miss Small Person was on top banshee-wailing form while we were waiting to board at the gate, and you could tell from the faces of the other passengers that they were all praying they weren’t going to be sitting within ten rows of us. However, once we were on the plane, Miss Small Person slept for half the flight, and played beautifully and cherub-like for the rest, and our neighbouring passengers ‘loved’ her 🙂

When they do kick-off though, it is hard, I know, but we just take in turns taking Miss Small Person off somewhere a bit out-of-the-way (near the loos, for example), and jiggling her for a bit, and it’s all done after a while… We had loads of people be nice to us (lots of grannies usually on flights!), so don’t worry. Make sure your little ones are looking great in their cutest outfits (!) and it’ll be fine. You know if you are stressed, they will pick up on it, so just try and chill…

Getting organised for feeding your baby on take-off and landing

Get the bottles (or boob!) ready while the plane is taxi-ing, but don’t start until you are actually off down the runway! Is easy to start too soon and then have no milk left for the climb!!  Mostly they need it for the first 5—10mins of the flight while ascending, so it’s almost “wheels up — bottle/boob in” 😉 As for landing, just leave it as long as you dare, or until they start to cry. One of our FAs (when we had the great fortune of upgrading to business class for a leg of our trip last year) insisted that we needn’t worry about Miss Small Person crying during take-off and landing, as crying actually helps a baby to pop their ears better. That made us feel a whole lot better and more relaxed about it (although, to be fair, most people in business class will have their complimentary noise-cancelling headphones on, so they probably wouldn’t notice Miss Small Person’s screaming anyway!).

I hope there are some more helpful hints in here for taking a baby on a long haul flight with minimum of drama… soon we’ll be able to tell you all about taking a lively and into everything chatty toddler to the other side of the world as we’re off to New Zealand tomorrow with Miss Small Person… am trying not to think about 4 lots of 12 hour flights there and back with no bassinet…eeeeeeek!

31 Responses to “Taking your baby on the long-haul flight to Australia — more survival plans!”

  1. Tara says:

    I live in Australia and am about to take a trip to the UK – would you advise to do the straight trip or stopover for a day in Asia?

  2. Lucy says:

    Hi Tara

    This all depends on how good you are at sleeping on a plane and what you plan to do as soon as you arrive in the UK.

    If you can get some sleep on a plane then sometimes its best to just ‘get it over with’ and head straight through. This also works best if you don’t have lots to do on the first day or two when you arrive.

    If on the other hand you either aren’t able to drop off easily on a plane, or have a busy itinerary when you get to your destination, then I would say take a stop. It’s amazing what even 3 or 4 hours sleep and a shower in a transit hotel can do to help you cope.

    Also if you can spare the time, taking a short stop over can make the ‘travelling’ part more ‘fun’ and part of the holiday.

    We’ve taken a stop a few times but most times gone straight through UK to Australia (for maximising time in Australia!) and while its hard going it is entirely possible to do the flight and not be too messed up the other end. Just try and do night flights where you can, to benefit from your natural sleep patterns and the dim cabin setting.

    But if you have the time a stop makes the flight not only much more bearable but a mini holiday in itself. A far nicer way to get there 🙂

    Let me know what you decide!

    Lucy

  3. Jake says:

    Excellent article; thanks for all the great information. We’re planning a trip home to the Northeastern US from Japan this fall and will be taking our then-to-be 4-month-old. This gives me a little more confidence that we’ll be able to handle the long flight!

  4. Lucy says:

    Glad this info has helped you feel more confident. It’s easy to feel daunted but lie I always say – babies are flying all over the world every day so you wont be on your own 🙂

  5. Indy says:

    I love this article so much!!, in about three weeks time we’re planning a trip home to Indonesia from Leeds, UK with Singapore Airlines and my baby (to-be-5,5 months) this infoermation realy realy gives me confidence, because our it’s about 16 hours and this is my first baby ;)..so anymore tips for take off and landing, and i also buy some SMA (disposable ) for the trip..thanks for ur help lucy

    cheers,

    indy

  6. Monique says:

    Hey
    Im kinda curious about medical-aid 4my baby.is it necesary 4traveling abroad 2australia.what are da chances of da baby becoming ill there.woried mum.south africa

  7. Lucy says:

    I never travel without insurance and I would always recommend taking some out for your trip. It’s not expensive to cover all medical emergencies (we pay around £60 for a family policy for a year that covers me, Andy and Miss Small Person). Family policies usually cover children up to the age of 18 travelling with you so its well worth it.
    There is very good health care in Australia but if you want to make sure you are covered for anything that might happen I would take out a simple insurance policy.
    The chances of your baby becoming ill I would say are the same as home. Obviously be careful and avoid the sun as its very strong, and your baby may pick up a cold etc but no more so than at home.
    Pharmacies will be able to help with over the counter medicines for babies if you need that.
    I wouldn’t be worried at all.
    Lucy

  8. shelley says:

    Hi Lucy,

    Wow this is brill. You have covered most things i wanted to know. We are travelling with our 3 year old daughter and 4 month old baby son to Aus in September. Are we able to take formula in our cases to Aus as i dont really want to change his milk. I have bought disposable sterilsing bags for on the plane, as well as disposable bottles. Do you think this is a good idea. My plan was to use both. I have also been advised to take snacks for my daughter, can you do this? When you mentioned a car seat, do you mean that this can go in the luggage hold along with a puschair? or do you have to purchase a seat to take this for your baby?

    Thanks

  9. Lucy says:

    Hi Shelley

    Here’s the answers to your questions:

    Yes you can take your own formula to Australia (and we have done) but you MUST declare that you have food/dairy produce on your customs form. It is allowed but you have to say you have it. The same goes for any food or snacks that you take with you. We have taken various fruit pots and baby snacks with us (most of the Organix range has made its way to Australia with us!) but NO fresh fruit or cheese etc allowed. As long as your snacks are baked/cooked/in sealed jars or cartons will be fine. But declare them. The sniffer dogs are very good. We had one sniff out a bag that had had apples in about 2 days before!!

    I would definitely take snacks for your daughter if she has favourites or is fussy. But you will always be able to get something to eat during any part of the flight if you ask (fruit, snacks, biscuits etc). And don’t forget to make sure to order a child’s meal too.

    As for taking sterilised stuff on the plane am not sure if you mean the disposable bags you need to put in the microwave (which are brilliant when you get there) but you won’t be able to use these on the flights. I found the disposable bottles much easier. And you can always take a couple of your own bottles with cooled down water for the first part of the trip while they are still sterile too.

    As far as car seats go then you can definitely take your own with you on certain airlines (call yours to check). With your daughter you can take a car seat for her to sit in in her actual seat if that will work better for you (I’m not sure?) and for your son I know we have taken a smaller car seat (a Cabrio fix) with us that we put into the hold (in a glamourous bin liner!). I would call the airline but its certainly allowed on some carriers. Now Miss Small Person is bigger we just get a car seat with our hire car when we arrive (order in advance).

    You can book (and pay for!) a seat for a baby and have them travel in a car seat but at 4 months old you will find a bassinet will be perfect (call the airline to check you have one booked).

    Have a great trip – would love to hear about it when you get back.

    Lucy

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  11. Katie says:

    Hi Lucy,

    I’m a Brit living in Oz and will be taking my son (then 16 months) to visit his grandparents in the UK for the first time in January. I’ll be travelling alone as my husband has to stay behind for work so I’m quite nervous about managing it all by myself. A few friends have recommended using a sedative (Phenergan) – do you have any thoughts/advice on this?

    Thanks,

    Katie

  12. Lucy says:

    Hi Katie

    I can understand you being nervous about the journey but you will get help from the flight attendants on the plane and if you plan to have plenty of time at airports it should all be manageable. If you can book a night flight for the longest leg of the trip this can work well too (as can a transit stop even for a few hours en route).

    Personally I wouldn’t use a sedative as I would rather know how Miss Small Person is doing and not give her anything she hasn’t had before. The journey will take its toll of course (for everyone!) but I would rather just try and sleep when Miss Small Person does and deal with catching up when we arrive. Your son will sleep more than you think he will on the plane.

    But this is of course just me, and I am also a mum who has only given Miss Small Person Calpol about 3 times since she was born (extreme colds and coughs only!). I am sure it works well but I just wouldn’t feel comfortable. I don’t have any medical advice I can share so I would say its entirely up to you.

    I realise this doesn’t really answer your question, but am sure you will know what will be best for your little one.

    Have a great trip over and don’t forget your hats and scarves!!

    Lucy

  13. Tracey says:

    Hi Lucy,

    You seem to be a seasoned long haul traveller with kids and I’m desperately seeking answers!!!! Am travelling in December with my four month old back home to NZ from UK. We are flying from Manchester to Amsterdam to Beijing to Auckland and can’t seem to get a concrete answer about feeds. Have contacted the airport and they were pretty unhelpful. Because it’s long haul we obviously need to take enough food with us – either powder or liquid formula but are unsure what to do. The powder comes only in big boxes and if we have to unseal it for the flight to Amsterdam will that mean we can’t keep it for the other feeds in other countries?! On the flip side, we’ve been told that with the liquid feeds we’d have to open them and taste them to prove to security they hadn’t been tampered with – which means we’d have opened cartons of liquid formula which will obviously NOT get through security at the other airports!!! Feel like I’m in a catch 22 situation with no one able to answer definately. Please, please help me out!!! 🙂

    Thanks

    Tracey

  14. Lucy says:

    Hi Tracey

    Here’s (hopefully!) some answers for you:

    My experience of taking formula (both as powder and as cartons) is that they will allow you to get this through security at each airport as there are ‘exceptions’ for infant food to the liquid rules. It does ‘say’ that you have to taste any pre-prepared bottles but I have been able to take obviously new/unopened/sealed cartons through no problems (as opposed to milk in a baby bottle). I just go straight to a security officer and explain that I have liquids and they make sure the people on the scanners know you have it and you declared it up front (its pretty useful at this point to have a crying baby! as sometimes gets you to the front of the queue!!).

    So at the same time as having enough cartons (and make sure you explain you have 30 hours of travel to cover etc to justify the quantities) the other best option is to also have some empty bottles (go for the pre-sterlised ones you can get pre-wrapped that you use once – Tommee Tippee make them) and take some formula as powder. Rather than have a big bag of the stuff (keep sealed bags in your checked luggage – but remember to declare them when you arrive) we pre-measure out the right amount of scoops into a dispenser. Not sure what make ours is but you should be able to get these in Boots and they are a great way of having serves of formula (ours is 3 serves) ready measured out you just have to add water to (its a tupperware type thing). There is no rule on how much formula powder you can take anywhere so this is a fool proof option (just make sure you get enough water at each airport air-side to make it up with).

    Now in terms of getting water then the best option is to ask a cafe at the airport (air side!) for some boiled water – enough for each flight. I am not sure if the ‘boiled’ water on planes is OK (I don’t risk it). Or (and as you baby is under 6 months not sure this is OK but as a last resort) we just use bottled water to make up feeds after we ask cabin crew to heat up a in a baby bottle (then add powder). To store some boiled water it might be worth getting a flask to use.

    What we end up doing is mixing and matching depending on facilities. e.g. if we’re in an airport we can get boiled water and cool it down we use a powder serve and if we’re in the middle of a flight we open a carton and get cabin crew to heat it up.

    In my experience we have never not been able to take through unopened small cartons of formula. But as you are traveling through some airports I haven’t with a small person, I would make sure you have lots of pre-measured formula and lots of empty pre-sterlised bottles and a flask to fill up air-side each time too. You’ll be fine!

    Lucy

  15. Michelle says:

    Hi Lucy,

    we’re (nearly) first time parents and have a wedding to attend in Australia 6 weeks after the baby is due (flying from the UK). The information above helps, but all the children seem to be at least 3 months old.

    Can you tell us if we’re mad trying to do such a big journey so close to the due date, and is there anything else that we need to consider?

  16. Lucy says:

    Hi Michelle

    Thanks for your questions and here’s my advice…

    First I am sure I don’t have to tell you this but due dates can be a bit hazy 🙂 so based on them easily being a couple of weeks out either way you need to realise you might be thinking about traveling within a month of having your baby (I was early but I know friends who were up to 2 weeks ‘late’). So there are things to think about with this in mind.

    Logistics to consider… passport and visas. Your baby will need its own passport to travel and it may take 1-2 weeks to get this processed (bear in mind you need to fill in the forms, get people to countersign photos etc) here are the rules on UK baby passports http://www.ips.gov.uk/passport/apply-child.asp

    From what I read on the passport office website http://www.ips.gov.uk/passport/apply-urgent-within-two-days.asp you cannot use the same day service for a first passport so your quickest option will be the 1-2 week ‘check and send’ service. You can then apply for your Australian visa once you have your baby’s passport. I would definitely allow 4 weeks for this whole process, and then you will need to book your baby onto your flight tickets. So this might be cutting it all a bit fine…
    Now I am not saying this is not all possible in 6 weeks (if baby is ‘on time’) but you will need to be very organised and just from my own experience the first 1-2 weeks of being a parent might not be the best time to think about being this organised!

    In terms of being allowed to travel then there is of course not a problem from the airline’s point of view of flying with a baby this young (e.g. Singapore airlines ask that any baby is at least 7 days old) but a lot of parents do like to wait until the first round of immunisations (at 12 weeks) and for when their baby is a bit more used to the world for such a long flight.

    Also from the point of view of being new parents, 4 or 6 weeks is still quite early on in the process of working out what on earth is going on 🙂 so while its theoretically entirely possible, mentally and physically you might not want to have this big flight and change to cope with on top of everything else…

    I realise this is for a big event and I am sure you are really keen to attend (and of course far be it from me to put anyone off going to Australia!) but I would seriously think about if you want to cope with such a big trip so soon after your little one arrives. All I can say is the first couple of weeks you don’t feel so exhausted (there’s a lot of adrenalin I think!) but by weeks 4-8 its quite hard work with the non stop feeding and not much sleeping…

    But of course you may have an angel baby that never makes a peep and sleeps easily anywhere and in which case I say book the flight! But just know that this isn’t always the case… and you might be making your baby’s first few weeks more hard work for you as parents than it already is!

    Not sure I’ve given you a definitive yes/no answer here but hopefully some things to think about.

    Lucy

  17. anita says:

    Hi,
    I finally found the info I was looking for. We are planning a family trip to Europe in December with our baby which will be 15months by then and I was truely worried that she wouldn’t fit in the bassinet by then, as we booked bulkhead seats for that purpose. Finding out that your 15month old fit comfortably in it, put me at ease. We are also going with Singapore and then switching to Lufthansa and the bassinets are much bigger 83cm so I’m told by the very nice and helpful lady I spoke to on the phone. So with this thank you so much for your information, it has been very helpful.

    Anita

  18. Lucy says:

    Hi Anita

    Thanks so much for your kind comments and glad I could help. You are not alone in stressing about how a long trip will work with a small person 🙂 Let me know how your trip goes – and I’d love to hear about those huge Lufhansa bassinets!!

    Cheers,
    Lucy

  19. jools says:

    Hi Lucy
    Some great advice here. I have done the long haul trip with kids many times too! Just wanted to add to the advice about
    traveling with a very new baby if you have to have a c-section you have an increased risk of DVT (as with all surgery) so you cannot fly for a while (have to check with doctor exactly how long). Also if you are breast feeding take loads of breast pads as the pressure in the plane can make you leak bigtime (and a clean top)
    In terms of toys to take we have found those cheap peg boards to be a fantastic time filler for the 18month to 3 years range.
    Keep up the good work
    Jools

  20. Damaris Terry says:

    Hi Lucy,

    I was so glad to see your site as we’re heading home to Oz in a few months with our baby girl (currently 12 months old). We’re undecided as to whether we should buy a seat for her or not? As we’ll be travelling at a fairly ‘off-season’ time we thought we may be able to chance grabbing a spare seat. We’ve been told that the bassinets go out to the younger babies first so there’s no guarantee we’ll get one. I really feel that we should buy the extra seat just to be sure as it’s a long way to go with a baby on your lap. What do you think? Any advice would be very much appreciated. Cheers,

    Damaris

  21. Astrid says:

    Hi Lucy

    Your site is fantastic, and this baby information is so useful. Thank you so much – I’ll be recommending friends here!

    Best wishes
    Astrid

  22. Lucy says:

    Hi Astrid

    So glad you like the site and its been useful. Lots more tips coming soon 🙂

    Cheers,
    Lucy

  23. Jane says:

    HI,
    This is agreat blog. We’re thinking about going to see some mates in Oz next year when the baby will be very little! so any tips like yours are most gratefully received.

    Thanks!
    J

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  25. Aida says:

    Hi Lucy

    Your website is a life saver.
    I spent so much time researching the net and calling airlines to find out any information about travelling with a heavy 5 month old (10 kg).
    My husband, child and myself are flying from Frankfurt to Perth, transiting in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Airlines.
    One the way back I will be travelling alone with a then 8 month old baby.
    I will keep you updated with how that goes and any new info I get my hands on.

    But until then, I thank you for writting these articles and answering questions…. noone has been able to inform me better than your website.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Aida

  26. Lucy says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments and so glad the site’s been useful for you planning your trip – would love to hear about your experiences and more tips I can share with other traveling Mums & Dads.

  27. Belinda says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve just found your website and it has put my mind at ease! We will be travelling from Aus to Europe in June 2010 with our daughter who will be 18mths old, and I was a bit nervous as to how she would cope on 2 x 10+hrs flights, but after reading your posts here I think she (and us) will be ok. Not sure which airline we will fly with yet, but Singapore and Lufthansa airlines seem to be the way to go? Great website, hope you keep it up.

  28. Jade says:

    Lucy, thanks so much for sharing your time, as a mummy its a very precious thing so thanks for making it so much easier for others.
    I am flying with my 13 month very spirited young boy from LHR – SYD via SIN for a week, in a months time and your advice has been invaluable. It is part of a 6 month round the world trip that involves an across America and Canada road trip. I feel slightly insane and slightly exhilarated to attempt it but after surviving a year of mummyhood (!!) I am sure I can survive anything!
    I can’t seem to find any photos of the Qantas bassinets (or know whether that we will get one with my beefy boy) but if I do, I will email you a photo for your library.
    Thanks again
    Jade

  29. barbara says:

    Lucy,
    Great advice! I am taking my 13 week old back to Ireland from Oz in a fortnight and have to admit have started to a little nervous as I am going by myself. Your advice to all above has really helped! Thank you.
    Have you heard any comments on Ethiad? They are the only ones to fly into Dublin (by-passing Heathrow:-))) so I booked with them,
    Barbara

  30. Lucy says:

    Hope you have a great trip with your little one. I’ve heard good things about Ethiad although not flown them personally. Am sure you will have a grand trip!

  31. Amy says:

    Hi Lucy

    I am going to Australia in September and will be taking my then 4 month old baby and had no idea what to do re feeding etc so your blog is really helpful, thanks. I have flown to Oz before but as this is my first child I am very nervous about flying long haul with a baby on my own! Fingers crossed!!!

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