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Old 06-14-2010, 12:19 PM
 
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Make sure you book flights with kid-friendly airlines. Emirates is good, but Singapore and Lufthansa are probably good too. Ask people who have flown to Japan with kids to find out the good airline.

Talk to your pediatrician and make sure the vaccinations are up-to-date. Check this out MD Travel Health - Japan - vaccinations, malaria, safety, and other medical advice

If the kid cries, do not be embarrassed that you are disturbing someone else's sleep. Its part of taking a flight, and if someone does not understand that, its their problem, not yours.
People should not take a 3-month-old on a 20-something hour flight...common sense.

I'd be freakin pissed if a kid cried on my flight.

Have some courtesy to others and leave the kid @ home. No one wants to deal with a crying child after the amount of $$ they paid and time they spent sitting on a plane.

If the situation was reversed, ask yourself if you would want to deal with someone else's kid.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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People should not take a 3-month-old on a 20-something hour flight...common sense.

I'd be freakin pissed if a kid cried on my flight.

Have some courtesy to others and leave the kid @ home. No one wants to deal with a crying child after the amount of $$ they paid and time they spent sitting on a plane.

If the situation was reversed, ask yourself if you would want to deal with someone else's kid.
GET EARPLUGS.
whenever we fly we always have some kid, young or older, crying his/her head off. i always bring earplugs for all of us and even spare ones. a few weeks ago there was a dad with his toddler who was petrified cried and cried. did it bother me? no, i had my earplugs on, all i saw was his mouth open, and tears running down his face. offered him cookies, and a toy i had with me. there will be kids everywhere we go. just get used to it.
i have travelled with my kids since they were two. i have never ever encountered someone who has said anything bad about kids crying. generally my kids are well-behaved, and i know how to keep them entertained. but as infants i and all others sucked it up. no one said a bad word or threw me a bad look. i would have not cared if they had but it's strange how some of posters here have problems with children.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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GET EARPLUGS.
whenever we fly we always have some kid, young or older, crying his/her head off. i always bring earplugs for all of us and even spare ones. a few weeks ago there was a dad with his toddler who was petrified cried and cried. did it bother me? no, i had my earplugs on, all i saw was his mouth open, and tears running down his face. offered him cookies, and a toy i had with me. there will be kids everywhere we go. just get used to it.
i have travelled with my kids since they were two. i have never ever encountered someone who has said anything bad about kids crying. generally my kids are well-behaved, and i know how to keep them entertained. but as infants i and all others sucked it up. no one said a bad word or threw me a bad look. i would have not cared if they had but it's strange how some of posters here have problems with children.

Actually, earplugs for the child isn't a bad idea. When children cry on flights, it's often because their ears are killing them and they don't know how to relieve the pressure and pain.

They do make [URL="http://www.cirrushealthcare.com/EarPlanes-C8.aspx"]Earplanes[/URL] for children. I don't know if they are safe to use on infants, or if an infant would even tolerate them, but the OP might want to find out.

Plus, it's good info to have for anyone flying with children. Heck, I won't fly without those things, myself. They make a big difference.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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My wife and I are planning a trip to Japan for two weeks with our son who will be almost 3 months old. Has anyone else taken a trip like this? Can anyone offer any advice?

Thanks.
Consult your pediatrician. Once cleared, bring lots of cash - in case of medical emergencies; Check with the airline to see what (if any) type of accomodations they may have for babies; bring baby ear plugs (if they exist) to help with air pocket. Keep little man safe and comfortable. Enjoy the trip!!!
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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GET EARPLUGS.
whenever we fly we always have some kid, young or older, crying his/her head off. i always bring earplugs for all of us and even spare ones. a few weeks ago there was a dad with his toddler who was petrified cried and cried. did it bother me? no, i had my earplugs on, all i saw was his mouth open, and tears running down his face. offered him cookies, and a toy i had with me. there will be kids everywhere we go. just get used to it.
i have travelled with my kids since they were two. i have never ever encountered someone who has said anything bad about kids crying. generally my kids are well-behaved, and i know how to keep them entertained. but as infants i and all others sucked it up. no one said a bad word or threw me a bad look. i would have not cared if they had but it's strange how some of posters here have problems with children.
I don't think it's so much problems with children...for me, if I am on a long flight, I either want to sleep or read a magazine...and both of those things can easily be disrupted when a child is crying. For the price of airfare these days and all the constituents involved in flying, I'd at least like to be able to relax and not have children crying, screaming, or running up & down the aisles.

I happen to love children. I just don't think long international flights like Tokyo are the place for them.

I've already paid enough $$, I don't think I should have to buy earplugs or deal with it. If I am being courteous to others by being quiet and minding my own business, I expect others to do the same.
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:18 PM
 
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People travel for a reason. I am sure there are zero parents out there who travel with kids just to annoy fellow passengers. They are paying the same top $$ for the seat too... in fact more because of the kid accompanying them. As a parent of a impatient toddler, its the first thing that comes to my mind when I have to go on a flight "how the #&*% do I make sure I can keep this kid under control ?"
There is no surefire solution for this. Earplugs for kids is a good idea for altitude changes during take off and landings. Choosing a flight with a personal TV for inflight entertainment goes a long way. A portable DVD player is a secondary option, don't forget their favorite DVDs to go with it.
If the situation is getting too much out of control, try a little tylenol or some cough syrup (mind you I cannot stress the word little enough as the cough syrups contain alcohol, you do not want an emergency situation up there) to make them take a nice nap.

A child throwing tantrums is a bad situation for everyone, I hope we can all avoid/tolerate it in a civilized fashion.

Edit: For a 3 months old infant - NO NO NO NO Cough syrup please.... my advice was very generic. Sorry !! but you should be fine with your 3 month old infant as he/she is too young to give you trouble.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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We did a 9 hour flight with our son when he was 3 months old.
We sat in the front sest of the cabin and had a basinette that screwed into the bulk head. He slept for 7 hours after we went through his normal bedtime routine as it was a night flight.
As I was determined that I still wanted to travel once I had a child and also because I wanted my sleep, he was a good sleeper ie used to going to sleep on his own with his special toy and sleeping through for 6-7 hours.

I took disposable bottle system with teats that had been pre-sterilised and cartons of baby milk.

Sucking during take off and landing helps with the ears.

The worst thing for us was the jet lag.
We arrived around midnight local time having slept little ourselves. Baby thought it was 6 in the morning and time to be awake and bouncing around.
We never really managed to get him into a good sleeping routine the whole time we were away and that did affect our holiday as we were constantly tired from getting up during the night.
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