10 Tips For Flying with a Baby

Planning a vacation, and needing tips for flying with a baby?10 tips for flying with a baby

I had a friend contact me when she returned from a trip to Las Vegas, with her little bundle of joy in tow.  She started off by saying, “After this trip, I could give you a 1000 tips for flying with a baby, if you’d like to do an article for your followers?”  I immediately said, “Of course!”  I’ve traveled multiple times with my kiddos, and have found some tricks of the trade, but I knew how creative this gal was, and that she would tell me things I’d never even thought of!  So I’ve compiled a list of our top tips and tricks for flying with a baby:

10 tips for flying with a baby

  1. Make sure the airline knows you are taking a baby. They need to see a birth certificate.
  2. Often times, airlines offer discounted seats for your baby, even though carrying them on your lap is free, it might be worth it. It’s very crowded in a tiny seat with a baby.
  3. Check to make sure that you can check a stroller and a car seat. Note: Even though it might seem easier to take an umbrella stroller because it’s smaller and lighter, that’s not necessarily the case. Remember that the large strollers are nice to travel with because they have a place to keep the diaper bag and purse, and have a cup holder.  Most importantly, if you are traveling with an infant, you will want the car seat that attaches to the stroller when you land.  You do not want to take your baby in a taxi, shuttle, bus, or rental car without being in a car seat. Taking your own prevents you from having to rent one when you land.
  4. Vacuum bags allow you to take a lot more diapers in a lot less space.  Or buy diapers when you arrive!
  5. Try to fly during your baby’s naptime hours.
  6. Don’t take a full bottle through security. (If using formula, take the powder and buy bottled water AFTER security.)
  7. Give them a bottle or something to suck on at takeoff and landing, so their tiny ears don’t pop and cause fussiness.
  8. Bring new (small & quiet) toys along, so it keeps the baby’s attention longer.
  9.  If your baby is in to watching movies or playing on an electronic device, download new apps/movies, so they have something to watch that they love, or that they’ve never seen!
  10. ASK FOR HELP! OR BRING HELP!

If you’re not prepared, your “vacation,” could turn in to more work and stress than you’d like.  Planning ahead, should allow for a more relaxed atmosphere!

P.S.  Buying your seat neighbors “drink tickets,” for a crying baby may not be a bad idea either. ;)

What are your tips for flying with a baby?

 

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  1. I literally JUST fly with our 5 month old over the holidays. There are several things I researched before going, and of course learned a few things too.

    -We didn’t have his birth certificate yet (just general oversight) but the airline took his shot records as well.

    -Per the TSA website: you CAN take breast milk, formula or eve Juice (in a sippy cup or other wise). DO NOT PUT IT THROUGH THE X-RAY MACHINE! No one wants to drink elements of radiation! You will hand it through to the guard on the other side and they do the cloth swabs to check it for explosive materials or in my case the light ray machine. I had this link on hand to show the veteran TSA agent who said “I’ve never in all my 20 something years had a mother tell me no…” It pays to be informed. http://www.tsa.gov/traveling-formula-breast-milk-and-juice

    -Most airlines will let you check 2 baby items for FREE! They don’t loudly advertise it, but it is in the fine print. We flew Southwest and they let each adult check 2 bags FREE, 2 baby items FREE AND your two “personal items” on the plane for carry ons. Who with a baby wants to pay more?! So don’t!

    -If you have a stroller you get to go in the stroller/wheelchair line for security, which is usually (each case we saw) empty! Less waiting!

    • *few type-os. sorry folks.

      -We also made use of the old “travel centers” (you know with all the pay phones) as a quiet nook to lay a blanket down and let the baby “play” without having to be in our arms, under foot or around a million germy strangers.

      • No sweat! We mom’s are allowed typo’s because we all know we have our mind on a million things at once! I make typo’s daily! ;) Making use of a travel center is brilliant! I may actually look forward to our next airplane trip with the babies after your awesome tips! Thanks so much!

    • Kelly!! OMG how helpful you are!!! Love those tips!! Thank you so much!

  2. Oh vacuum bags for diapers, that is a great idea!

  3. Travelling with babies and young children can be a lot of fun. My experiences have been all very positive with the exception of my daughter being sick after breakfast (the poor guy next to us!). My biggest tip is if you breastfeed and are allowed to do so during take off and landing, it works wonders for pain and comfort (not all airlines will allow it).

    • You’re kidding!? Not allowed to breastfeed? Why is that?

      • You can breastfeed, but some airlines won’t allow it during take off and landing as they say it isn’t safe. Different airlines have different rules. Some have baby strapped into a seatbelt attached to yours, others say it’s safer for you to hold baby. It can get a bit confusing when using multiple airlines on the same trip for overseas and domestic connecting flights on both ends, but you do what you can.

        • Oooohhh Ok! That makes sense! At first I thought, “Whaaat! How can they tell you that you can’t breastfeed?” Haha! Thanks!

  4. Excellent tips! I traveled with my boy when he was 7 months and we did the umbrella stroller. It turned out to be fabulous on the layover as he fell asleep and took a nap in it! If we had checked it, we couldn’t get it. But we weren’t planning to be walking very far. I also had a book of cool pictures from magazines and pictures of familiar things at home. He loved looking at that.

    • You’re right! Having the stroller during layovers is a lifesaver! Not only for naps, but for the fact of not having to carry the kiddo through the whole airport!

  5. This is a great piece of advice. We are going to Panama with two toddlers in the spring. I know I wrote about our trip to Panama in November. That trip was just an adult trip. I will have to remember these things for sure!

  6. I have never been fortunate enough to travel with our little ones, but my sister has from overseas. Those are wonderful tips–it takes a lot of planning and foresight!

  7. Im glad I dont have to worry about taking babies on trips anymore, but my duaghter could use these tips!

  8. We JUST did this for the first time ever. I would also add, change diaper right before the flight because things can get crazy, and all that bottle and water in a sippy cup to help with their ears makes for one quick wet diaper! Learned that the hard way!

    • You are sooo right! I’ve always been afraid there was going to be a dirty diaper as soon as we get onboard. Haha!

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