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Let's face it, flying with children will never be an easy task. The days where we could show up an hour before our scheduled departure & still manage to get our luggage checked, grab the latest gossip magazine at the news stand & down that pre-flight cocktail, ALL before pre-boarding. LONG GONE!
Just because we now have children dictating our getaways doesn't mean flying is the nightmare our favorite sitcoms have us believing. Here are 10 tips to make your next flight a little less bumpy.
1. Liquids ~ The most common fear newbie parents have is not having a bottle available at all times during the flying process. A simple bottle can usually guarantee a newborn sleeping through an entire flight. TSA states no liquids, but lucky for us parents, formula, breast milk and juice are permitted through the security checkpoint for infants & toddlers. Just inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you do have liquids for your child & they will screen the liquids via x-Ray.
2. Sucking ~ Yes, that's right, sucking! Have a bottle/sippy easily available during your flight & have your child suck on that bottle during takeoff & landing to prevent their ears from popping. Is your child getting unusually fussy during the flight? Stick that bottle in your child's mouth & usually that fussing will stop since again. It was most likely ear popping causing the issue.
3. Screening Kids ~ Kids have it a tad bit easier when going through security than us adults. Children 12 and under can leave their shoes, jackets and headwear on during screening, so no worrying about losing a shoe. Additionally, you may carry your child to ease the screening process.
4. Traveling With A Disabled Child? ~ All you have to do is inform the TSA officer of your child's disability, medical condition or medical device, then tell the officer the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process. Inform the TSA officer if your child needs you to carry them through the metal detector. The TSA officer will also not remove your child from their mobility aid, wheelchair or scooter. As annoying as the screening process is, TSA officers are there to help you, so just tell them how to do so.
5. Do Not Check Your Stroller! ~ I repeat, do NOT! Unless you plan on getting a workout in & carrying your child through the airport, just don't do it! Strollers are a total lifesaver during layovers or for sprinting through the airport trying to make that tight connection. Most airlines will allow you to push your stroller all the way to the gate. They’ll then check it at the gate, and have it waiting for you outside the plane door when you deplane.
6. Bring Your Car Seat On Board or Purchase an Airline Safety Harness ~ Children know once strapped in, they have no choice, but to sit still. They are in that seat until we unbuckle them. Yes, they are a pain to lug & yes, it sounds cruel to make them sit in a car seat when they aren't forced to by law, but that seat will save you from a child thinking they are free to wander the plane the first few times they fly. Check to see if your car seat is airline approved. If your specific seat isn't approved or if you travel often & your child still isn't trusted to stay seated without being strapped in, purchase an Airline Safety Harness, which straps to your child's seat and keeps them strapped in the same way a car seat would.
7. Tablets, Phones, iPods ~ No doubt about it, regardless of age, electronics are the preferred way to entertain these days. I recommend taking away these devices a few days before your flight. Once on your journey & your child starts to get antsy, pull out that tablet and bam! You would think your child never saw such a device before and you now have your child entertained for at least a bit.
8. Night Time Diapers ~ I'm going to go with due to all sucking mentioned in number 2, children seem to pee more than usual when up in the sky. First of all, pack more diapers than you could ever imagine using. Also, do yourself a favor & splurge on a pack of nighttime diapers. They can make for less lavatory trips since they seem to hold up longer. Nothing worse than your child peeing out of a diaper & having a line at the lavatory. Night time diapers seem to help prevent such leakage issues while waiting to take care of the problem.
9. Entertainment ~ iPads, tablets & phones do work wonders, but don't kid yourself. If you're on a longer flight, your child is going to get bored. Channel that energy into some calm and productive play. A trip to your local dollar store and picking up a few lightweight, no fuss items can turn your flight into a rather enjoyable one.
10. Board With Young Children Last ~ Yes, you heard me correctly! I never really understood pre-boarding with young children. Confining your child to an itty bitty space up to an hour before take-off has always sounded ridiculous to me. Instead, if traveling with another adult, have one adult board with as many carry-ons as they can manage. Their job is to get your belongings into an overhead bin and get the car seat or harness installed, if you have one. The other adult should play & tire the little one out in the departure lounge until the last possible minute. Then just board, buckle in & pray for nap time.
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2/22/2016 11:25:09 am
I have never flown with kids. I would get a car seat and a separate seat for each kid though. Safety first!
2/22/2016 11:28:09 am
We few when my children were younger, but not infants. I agree on bringing a favorite electronic device, it helps them occupy their time and attention.
2/22/2016 01:23:24 pm
My daughter is about to have a baby. She has family all over the United States on her husband's side, so she will definitely be needing these tips.
2/22/2016 02:37:01 pm
That's such a great list. I haven't yet flown with my kids and am almost a bit petrified to do so but this helps cover a lot of my concerns.
2/22/2016 03:14:37 pm
Our airport still had my 2 year old remove shoes. They also test her lunch box, milk, etc. like crazy. I mean alcohol test my daughters milk, what kind of mama do you think I am?
These are awesome tips and helpful since I'm unfamiliar with US airline rules as well. I always bring my stroller to the gate - you're right - total lifesaver! And yes to the car seat too! Added to which with the crazy turbulence some passengers have experienced being launched around the cabin - who wants to take that chance with an infant??
2/22/2016 03:24:40 pm
My kids never minded riding in their car seat, so I guess I don't feel like it sounds cruel. In the unlikely event that the plane hits turbulence, you will be glad you strapped them in.
2/22/2016 04:09:40 pm
These tips are brilliant! I had never thought of most of them, and number 5? I had no clue they would do that!!
2/23/2016 09:04:57 pm
My boys loved flying but I waited until they were older to do so. Older kids are easier to comfort than younger kids.
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2/22/2016 05:21:54 pm
These are all great tips. We have been flying with our two since they were each babies and for us, the number one thing we need to have with us when we fly is snacks!
2/22/2016 07:12:54 pm
These are great tips! WHat a cutie!
2/22/2016 07:47:32 pm
ahh! i so needed this! we're traveling with my kids in a few weeks and I am SO nervous. my older one is fine, but my younger one (2.5) has always been a nightmare on flights. eek!
2/22/2016 08:01:19 pm
It's a riot when it comes to traveling, what more if you have kids with you. But it's always worthwhile too. You just really need the essentials which are pretty much what you said in this post! Awesome help for new parents!
2/22/2016 08:02:51 pm
Such a great tips. having a baby in the flight was hard for me. I love the look on your new blog. Its better than the old :)
2/22/2016 09:02:34 pm
I have 5 kids, soon 6, we have never flown before mostly because of the expense. Is a car seat needed on a plan or is their seat belts sufficient?
Someone just recommended overnight diapers to me today! (This post is very timely, as we're flying for the first time with my daughter in a few days since she was a non-mobile infant) We're in the midst of potty-training our toddler, but she will be wearing those diapers on the plane. And I plan on having lots of videos loaded onto the tablet ;-)
2/22/2016 09:32:38 pm
I don't have any kids but I'm sure one or all of these tips would come in handy one day if I ever do! By the way your kids are all beyond adorable :)
2/22/2016 10:44:40 pm
WOW - you covered just about every question I would have had! What an informative list! I love that you included different ages and even kids with disabilities in it!
parpar De real
2/22/2016 11:12:54 pm
What a great tips. My sister was have a baby and they was travelling to New Zealand and she really need this tips.
2/22/2016 11:32:54 pm
I remember the first time I fly with my daughter. These are great tips for flying with younger kids.
2/22/2016 11:42:19 pm
It has been so long since I've been on an air plane. It was over 10 years ago, my kids were fairly young.
2/23/2016 12:05:38 am
These are great tips for flying with little ones. I will have to share this with my friend. She is going on her first flight with her kids next month.
2/23/2016 01:23:28 am
Such a useful tip for those have a baby and wants to travel. I love your new website
2/23/2016 02:46:21 am
These are all great tips for traveling with a child. We must always consider safety and comfort especially during long haul flights.
2/23/2016 02:54:25 am
Agreed especially keeping them entertained with tablets/ books whatever they may fancy. I also think that keeping a few things to nibble on or drink is a good idea!
2/23/2016 04:35:16 am
My kids both started flying when they were very little. I'm happy to say they've always been excellent travelers. Snacks and toys :)
2/23/2016 08:22:04 am
I never had to fly with young kids but if I did these would be great tips! I remember seeing on shark tank a carry on suitcase that acts as stroller and I thought that was cool!
2/23/2016 08:28:14 am
Its great to have a well-traveled baby. I am so lucky that both of mine are good travelers.
2/23/2016 08:55:01 am
Great tips! Perfect timing before Spring Break vacations too.
2/23/2016 09:01:56 am
These are awesome tips. I'm all for parents bringing entertainment on board for their little ones. I never thought about it - but you're totally right! Parents with small children should definitely board last to give the kids a little more time to run and play.
2/23/2016 09:20:51 am
We fly a LOT and I've been flying, even international with my 4yr old since she was 3 months old. I definitely agree with all your tips, especially the one on entertainment.
2/23/2016 09:37:57 am
I have only flown once in my life. Right before my 9th Birthday. I have yet to tackle a trip on a plane with my kiddos, but these are some great tips!
2/23/2016 11:07:26 am
Flying with little ones can definitely be tricky. These are some great tips, just remember that every child is not the same, and will react differently. Also an important piece of info---have something readily available to help ease ear pain from pressure when flying for the 1st time!
2/23/2016 06:43:19 pm
Great tips! I have only flown once with my children when my 1st was 6 months. It was nice to be breastfeeding and not have to lug around all that extra stuff, I also kept her on my lap as she was not mobile yet. An umbrella stroller was a great, lightweight option too.
2/23/2016 07:09:10 pm
I've never flown with kids, but when I do these tips will come in handy! The sucking is super smart.
2/23/2016 07:47:58 pm
I love the idea of boarding the plane last. Heck, they need to be having a workout in the airport before the trip and burning up that energy. Like you said pray for a nap!
2/23/2016 07:53:35 pm
These are great tips! I've flown many times with my oldest and it's always an adventure.
2/23/2016 08:18:53 pm
I've flown with my boys now that they are older but I know it can be challenging to fly with younger children. These are some great tips for doing so.
2/23/2016 09:13:05 pm
You gave really fantastic tips. Flying with small children is quite a challange. They can be moody, and need to be entertained.
2/23/2016 09:16:53 pm
These are great tips! I travel with my kids to Italy every summer (since they were babies) so I could add to this list, lol!
2/23/2016 10:10:06 pm
These are wonderful tips for families that travel. I have never traveled before and not sure if I ever will but will remember these if I do with the kiddos.
2/23/2016 10:55:17 pm
I've never flown with my kids. These are some great tips though as how to fly with kids.
Yes! This is a great list! I am literally taxing during my 17 month olds #36th flight! I agree with all of it! Board last- even when it makes things a little crazy for a second. :) Although I hate how United makes you keep your baby in the seat if the fasten buckle sign is on! I'm like- sooo if I wouldn't have bought the ticket I could hold him but because I have a seat I can't? Ugh.
2/24/2016 12:59:52 am
I don't have a baby yet but my Brother has :) They were planning to visit here in the Philippines next month and For sure this tips would be very helpful to them especially that they have a baby.
2/24/2016 08:21:35 am
Treat tips! The last time we flew to Europe we had to bring three full size car seats! That was fun... NOT! I definitely keep the stroller till the gate. It would be humanly impossible for me not to.
2/24/2016 05:43:57 pm
I have never flown with my kids yet, but I think you have nailed to the key point!! As long as you are well prepared it should n't be a problem! Last time I flew there was an adorable 1 year old and her dad. We had delay after delay but he was on the ball and you never knew there was a baby on the flight!
2/25/2016 02:18:51 am
I will be travelling with both my kids soon and I am sooo nervous especially since my son will only be 7 months. Love the new blog theme! :D
2/25/2016 05:12:19 pm
I've experienced flying with my firstborn when she was three years old but I've never flown with a baby before so thanks for the tips.
3/1/2016 07:01:38 am
Traveling with kids can definitely be a challenge. These are great tips to make it easier.
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