Baby in the air
January 3, 2013 1:36 PM Subscribe
Travel with baby filter: which of these flights is a better idea for an 8 month old baby?
In a month or so, I have to travel cross country for work (from the east coast of the US to the west coast). For various reasons (largely breastfeeding but also nearby family to visit) Mr. Kestrel and baby Kestrel are coming too. Baby Kestrel will be 8 months old.
Her schedule: typically she wakes up between 6 and 7, takes a 1.5 hour nap about 2 or 2.5 hours after she wakes up, takes a shorter nap about 3 hours after the second nap, and goes to sleep at 7.
Our choices: one outgoing flight leaves around 5:30 in the morning, has two stops, and we arrive at the final destination about 3:30 East Coast time. Another leaves around 11 in the morning, has two stops, and we arrive at the final destination about 9:30 East Coast time. A third option would be to fly to a different city -- only one stop -- and drive the rest of the way. That would mean trading in the final ~2 hours of either itinerary (layover plus short flight) for renting a car and a 2 hour drive.
Clearly, either trip will suck in various ways. But, oh parents of metafilter, which will suck less? Getting her up way early and arriving at a reasonable hour? Or letting her take at least part of her morning nap at home, and arriving late? I'm somewhat inclined towards the latter, because I think it will help her cope with the time difference.
Any other tips appreciated, though I have read various Asks about flying with babies (from which I learned that I should nurse her during takeoff and landing, for example.)