Travels with Baby Tips for Flying

with Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

 

Get ready for your best flights possible with these online tips and important considerations. There's a lot of information here! I've broken it into the following categories to help you as you plan:

 

Jump to these tips for flying with your baby, toddler, and preschooler:  

 

Before You Go - Airline-specific advice, airplane bassinets and safety seats, packing checked and carry-on baggage

 

At the Airport - Checking in for your flight and clearing security with extra liquids, jogging strollers, child carriers

 

On the Airplane - Installing car seats, relieving ears, changing diapers, keeping tots entertained

 

Before You Go

 

Airlines - Important Details & Advice for Specific Airlines

 

Aer Lingus - Need to Know: Flying Aer Lingus with a baby or toddler

 

Air Canada - Best seats when flying Air Canada to Munich with a baby?

 

American Airlines (AAdvantage miles) - Best way to fly to Paris using American Airlines miles?

 

British Airways  - One very good reason to fly British Airways with your lap-held toddler or older baby

 

China Airlines - Need to Know: Flying China Airlines with a Baby or Toddler

 

Gulf Air - Need to Know: Flying Gulf Air with a Baby or Toddler

 

RyanAir - Need to Know: Flying RyanAir with a baby or toddler

 

Southwest Airlines -  Need to Know: Flying Southwest Airlines with a baby or toddler? Yes you CAN still get an infant fare.

 

Southwest Airlines -  Will Southwest Airlines let me use my Baby B'Air flight safety vest for my lap child?

 

Southwest Airlines -  What ever happened to family preboarding?

 

Virgin Atlantic - Need to Know: Flying Virgin Atlantic with a baby or toddler

 

 

Airplane Bassinets and Car Seats

 

Airplane bassinets - Watch out for age, height and/or weight limits - airline examples

 

Using an airplane bassinet or skycot for baby - Beware the bulkhead bassinet - It may not be as helpful as you think

 

Britax toddler seats on airplanes - One very good reason to fly British Airways with your lap-held toddler or older baby

 

Flying with FAA-approved car seats - Be prepared for the car seat police when bringing your child's safety seat onboard

 

Flying with Car Seats - Seven Easy Ways to Get Your Car Seat to the Gate

 

 

Baggage and Packing

 

Identification for flying infants - (Why) do babies need ID for domestic flights? Don't let the answer surprise you.

 

Liquids for baby & toddler in flight - How to prepare your baby or toddler's excess liquids for carry-on (milk, formula, medicines, baby food)

 

Packing for your flight - Cost-saving tips for families packing checked baggage

 

Changing diapers on airplanes - Simplify diaper changes on airplanes with a handy "diaper purse"

 

Baggage fees and babies - Navigating airline fees as applied to your family

 

Carry-on Travel Kit - Remember to 3-1-1 your child's Travel Kit for carry-on

 

Bringing boxed milk - How and why to bring boxed (shelf-stable) milk on board for your toddler

 

Flying with an infant or baby on lap - Tips to help keep your lap child safer in flight

 

Flying with an infant - Ten reasons flying with an infant may be easier than you think.

 

Flying with twins - Important seating information for parents flying with twins on laps

 

Flying with twins - Flying with twins on separate rows (and why you might want to)

 

Flying overseas with baby - Tips for flying a long-haul or overseas flight with your baby

 

Find more tips and advice for preparing to fly in in the books:

 

Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide... Chapter 14 - Before You Book Your Flight, Chapter 15 - Countdown to Takeoff. Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips... Pre-flight Checklist, Airport Security Ready List, Preparing Liquids for Carry-on.

 

 

 

At the Airport

 

Checking in for your flight and clearing security

 

Flying with car seats -  Checking car seats vs. checking car seats at the gate

 

Jogging strollers at security - Five ways to get your toddler to your (American Airlines) flight without the giant / jogging stroller

 

Family lane - Families go green at Airport Security, how and why to use the family lane in U.S. airports

 

Flying with liquids for baby - Tips for clearing airport security with baby bottles and baby food

 

Flying with breast milk - Traveling with breast milk and airport security (Shelly's tips for BabyCenter.com)

 

Wearing babies through the airport - Tips for clearing airport security with child carriers, baby slings and wraps

 

Baby booties and toddler shoes at airport security - Kids, don't touch those shoes

 

Find more tips and advice for clearing airport security with your child in in the books:

Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide... Chapter 15 - Countdown to Takeoff, Chapter 16 - At the Airport and On the Plane, Chapter 17 - Special Situations, and

 

Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips... Pre-flight Checklist, Airport Security Ready List, Preparing Liquids for Carry-on, What to Double-check at Check-In, Installing Car Seats on Airplanes, Soothing Fussy Babies in Flight, Managing Toddlers on Aircraft...

 

 

On the Airplane

 

 

Installing car seats on airplanes - What can  you do if your child's car seat doesn't fit in the airplane seat?

 

Relieving infant's ears on airplanes - The surprisingly easy way to relieve an infant's ears in flight (even when they don't want to nurse or take a bottle)

 

Flying with toddlers - Three ways to keep your toddler from kicking the airplane seat in front of you

 

Diaper changes on airplanes - Simplify diaper changes on the airplane with a handy "diaper purse"

 

Entertaining kids on the airplane - Five screen-free favorites to keep kids entertained during long flights

 

Keeping kids hydrated in flight - Just say no to juice in flight, and say yes to a fruit tea "cocktail"

 

Find more tips and advice for time spent at the airport and on the airplane with little ones in the books:

Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide... Chapter 15 - Planning Your In-Flight Entertainment, Preparing Toddlers and Preschoolers for the Flight, Chapter 16 - Clearing Security with Small Children and a Small Mountain of Gear, The Great Pre-Boarding Debate, Chapter 17 - Flying Solo with Baby.

 

Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips... Breastfeeding on Airplanes, Ear Pressure/Pain and Relief, Soothing Fussy Babies in Flight, Managing Toddlers on Aircraft..., Entertainment to Go

 

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