Once your child tastes sweet freedom, though, you might struggle to get him or her back into the seat. An infant may want to stay in your arms for the whole flight. Meanwhile, a newly walking toddler may want to run up and down the aisle nonstop. The safest place for a baby or toddler on an airplane is a car seat or other approved restraint Photo credit: Reanas, Depositphotos.
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Bring twice as much formula, diapers, bottles, baby food and snacks on the plane as you think you will need. If your plane becomes severely delayed or canceled, you will thank me. The last thing you want to deal with is a hungry, thirsty, dirty-diapered baby when stuck on the tarmac, circling above a storm, or bedding down in a hotel room for an unexpected overnight.
Bring double the baby necessities on board the airplane Photo credit: yelantsevv, Depositphotos.
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You may be tempted to doll up your baby in that adorable outfit from your mother-in-law for your flight. But think comfort and convenience first. Choose attire that is cozy and easy to change. Layers are a must when going from a snowy locale to the sunny Tropics, of course.
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But layers also help with drastic changes in temperature aboard the plane. If you get stuck on the tarmac you might be boiling hot, pointing that tiny overhead fan at you and your child. Once airborne you might be begging for one of those blue blankets from the flight attendants as the temperature dips to Arctic lows.
Better yet, pack your own baby blanket since those airline blankets are rarely, if ever, washed! Wearing layers is also helpful for breastfeeding moms. I suggest wearing a wrap of some sort that can double as a baby blankie, or bringing along a nursing cover. Dress the baby in layers for the flight Photo credit: yelenayemchuk, Depositphotos.
Of course, you will want to pack an extra change of clothing in your carryon for your baby or toddler in case of an unfortunate blow out mid-flight. A friend of mine did exactly that when flying solo with her baby from California to Europe. Unfortunately, though, she did not pack additional clothing for herself. A leaky diaper left mama sticky and wet for the duration of her long flight. To avoid this inconvenience, toss a compact outfit for yourself into the diaper bag, too. Pack an extra outfit not only for baby but also for you Photo credit: belchonock, Depositphotos.
Bring formula or pumped breast milk and give your baby a bottle during take-off and landing so you can keep junior safely buckled. Keep in mind that breast milk is exempt from the 3. Chewing a cracker or cookie can also help older toddlers. EarPlanes are wonderful for flyers with sensitive ears. You may also want to ask your pediatrician to prescribe ear pain drops before your flight with your baby. Changes in cabin pressure cause ear pain for many babies and toddlers Photo credit: marchibas, Depositphotos.
Make sure to pack any prescription and over-the-counter medicine you might need in your carryon bag. Liquid medications are exempt from TSA liquid limits. Be sure to keep them in their original packaging so they are easily identifiable. Pack medications in your diaper bag for easy retrieval during your flight Photo credit: ruttapum2, Depositphotos. For now, the days of enjoying a magazine, good book or action movie while on board a plane are gone.
You very well may spend your entire flight placating your baby or toddler. This means reading board books over and over and over to your little one.
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It means buying the right travel toys and actively playing with your child. The bottom line is, you need to keep that baby happy on board the plane using whatever means you can! Take a look at our Airplane Kit for Babies and Toddlers to see what to pack in your carryon to keep your little one content in the air. Plan to play, play, play with your baby on the plane Photo credit: t.
You can give bottles and snacks, try stories and movies, change diapers, and do everything on this list of tips for flying with babies and toddlers. Still, your child may have a screaming fit in the air.
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The most important thing is that you try and that other passengers witness that effort. You have enough to worry about without concerning yourself with every cranky pants on the airplane. Take care of your baby or toddler, and ignore the haters. Soon enough, your plane will safely land and your family will be ready to explore together. Worry about your baby, not the haters, on your flight Photo credit: cunaplus, Depositphotos. Flying provides easy access to an array destination possibilities and certainly should not be avoided just because it may come with a few ups and downs.
So book that flight and get ready to experience the world anew with your baby or toddler! Be sure to save these tips for future reference. Just pin the graphic below to Pinterest. Do you have any questions or additional tips for flying with a baby or toddler? Let us know in the comments below! As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring.
Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker.
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She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. Thanks so much for such a detailed post! I remember when we had to fly with the kids. One was an infant, and one was a toddler. I hear you, my friend. I wish I had had these tips too when I first started flying with my babies. Instead, I learned them the hard way! Moreover, I will send this to my bestie as shes just had a baby! It must be fun flying with kids though, they become so excited about it all!! Agreed — kids who are a little older do get very excited about flying. Thank you for sharing with your best friend! Pinning this for others to see too.
These are excellent and well thought out tips for travel with babies. We rarely traveled when babies were that small. No money to fly back then and we were one income at the time. Anyways, I never thought about renting equipment but that said when my daughter was about 4 we flew and we went nowhere without our BOB jogging stroller built for toddlers and older kids to. It was just easier. Thank you for pinning these tips! I hear you about the stroller — we always brought along our own stroller, too. After a few days, I could have bought a brand new stroller for all the money I spent!
I did like to rent cribs when my kids were little — you can rent a full-sized crib instead of a travel crib. My kids slept better in those and it made a lot of sense to do, especially when staying somewhere for a week or more. Happy travels! Thanks for sharing your tips on flying with a baby, I have seen too many times a monther try to hold a baby in her hands and the baby was crying.
Having a seperate seat for the baby will ease their trip so much more. Thanks for an in-depth list of tips! Unfortunately, I have seen some neglectful parents on planes, too. These tend to be the exception to the rule, though. Most parents really are trying their very best! These are great tips! I totally agree with getting baby their own seat! I did the lap thing once and it was extremely uncomfortable for both baby and me.
He really wanted to have his own seat!