Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Do I Take My Baby on a Long Flight to Canada? myFamily

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Do I Take My Baby on a Long Flight to Canada? myFamily

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THIS WEEK'S DILEMMA: DEAR Parenting Panel, I have been asked to go over with my brother and six-month-old son to stay for three weeks with his sister and her husband this summer. The problem is they live in Toronto which is an eight-hour trip from Newcastle.

I am a bit scared about going on such a long journey with such a young baby.

Does anyone have any advice on how to cope with this? What could I do to make the journey easier, or should I just stay at home? Parenting Panel member Nicola Minto of Stanley, County Durham, has three boys - Josh, seven, Finley, four and William, four months. She is a nursery nurse and her partner, William Barton, is a warehouse manager. She writes: WE'VE been on many holidays with our children, we first took Josh at four months and Finley at six months. We're looking forward to going away in June for William's first holiday - he will be seven months.

The longest flight we went on was four-and-a-half hours to Greece. We kept the baby's routine exactly the same as we did at home, feeding and sleeping as normal. We found that the baby slept more than usual as they're sitting on your knee which is something they like to do.

They obviously feel like they're getting more attention than usual. A lot of people had said good luck to us and we did dread the journey once we'd booked it. Luckily enough the journey was a breeze. Baby ate the same and slept most of the journey. you will be surprised how well you and the baby cope and the air stewards were very helpful too. There are baby changing facilities on board.

We took our pram bag on board, stocked up with a few extra bottles and food if they required it. …

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