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Traveling with a baby carrier or stroller on a flight?

Anonymous

I am going to travel with my 6 month old baby and am confused. Should I use a baby carrier or pram? I am going alone with her and it's a long journey. Can anyone suggest which is more convenient in the airport and if I bring a carrier, do I need to remove it during the security check?

  • Leila
    Oct 18

    Yes you have to remove the baby from the carrier going through security. Depends on which one your baby does best in, I’ve taken only a carrier with my daughter but with my son do a stroller.

  • Denise
    Oct 18

    I always bring both and check stroller at the gate. I don’t remember if you have to take the carrier off during security, but I always found it easier to have both so you have options depending on how the baby is feeling, and if they enjoy napping in the stroller.

  • BE
    Oct 18

    Definitely stroller due to my experience.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18

    I work for TSA and as long as you do not alarm going through the metal detector you will not need to remove the baby or carrier. You will just need to have your hands tested. Also make sure if you bring any milk or baby foods that they come out of the bag and give yourself plenty of time due to the screening of those items (each airport has different technology to test them).

  • Steph
    Oct 18

    I’ve never had to take off carrier. Really I found it to be personal preference, flying alone I used carrier cause loading a stroller on security belt with a baby is just too hard and it’s just another hassle. However if your baby is heavy or extra squirmy or you have long layovers and your carrier hurts you or your back you may feel better taking it.

  • Fanny
    Oct 18

    Just came back from an international trip by myself with my baby and I had the carrier and also the yoyo stroller which you can take on board with you folded on the overhead compartments. You cannot keep your baby on the carrier during the flight they are giving babies a special seatbelt. I flew from JFK and they definitely ask you to take out the carrier !! If I had to chose I would take the carrier only !

  • Monyka
    Oct 18

    Hi! I flew from Pa to the middle of Canada & back alone when my son was 8 months old. We checked the infant carrier where we checked in our luggage so they just shipped the carrier & it met us in Canada. 100% recommend the stroller, especially if you have a connecting flight. Mine had a place where I could store his diaper bag and I didn’t have to carry anything. —otherwise you’d be stuck carrying your baby everywhere!.. they take your stroller before boarding and give it back to you once you land(: hope this helps xox

  • Katrina
    Oct 18

    Ive never needed to remove carrier through security. It's a lot of preference, with tricks both ways, but over done lots of solo flying with the carrier. Also consider your plans where you are going? Is it somewhere you'll need the stroller? Is it stroller-friendly? What activities do you foresee doing? Those can help you decide if the stroller is worth it or not.

  • Kerry
    Oct 18

    Ive had 3 trips alone with 6 week old 6 month and at 7 months. Always had him in carrier going thru security so much easier. Just had the drug screening on hands done once thru. I took car seat in stroller as i was going to families. I always take car seat and stroller to gate. If they have extra seats on board most allow you to take it on for free. You can have baby in carrier on flights except for take off and landing. I always had his food in his own little bag that i can empty quickly at security. Stroller and car seat go thru the xray machine so its much easier having them in a carrier on you!

  • Jessica
    Oct 18

    I do both since about 3 months with my guy. I check the stroller at the gate and put the baby carrier on the bottom of it to save space when I get on the plane. Depending which airline you may be able to bring the car seat on as well if there are empty seats. (Usually Southwest will do this if the flight isn’t booked) good luck you will do great!!!

  • Lilly
    Oct 18

    I think it depends on your layover, if you have any, and how comfortable you are using the baby carrier. I have traveled both ways. I think if it’s a direct flight, take only the carrier. It’s no hassle and I didn’t have to take it off during security checks. But if you think that’s there’s any way your back might hurt from carrying the baby for a while even if it’s stuck in the TSA line, then take the stroller too. It really is awesome being able to put your baby down but it becomes hard having to deal with baggage, folding and unfolding stroller and a baby. Other things to keep in mind are whether you will be needing a stroller at your final destination. Whatever you decide to do, I would suggest you take shoes that are easy to take off and put back on as it’ll make it easier going through security.

  • MG
    Oct 18

    I brought both baby carrier and the snap n go stroller, I had the baby in the carrier and the diaper bag, blankets, etc in the stroller.... it wasn’t that easy to go through security because I had to take off the carrier and then put all belongings for the scanner.... but security helped with the stroller and everything.... it is a matter if a few minutes..... once I was aboarding they took the stroller in the airplane and I kept the small diaper bag, blanket and baby in the carrier the whole flight he slept all the way to our destination people were amazed he was quiet:)....

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18

    Thank you so much everyone for suggestions and sharing ur experience....I really appreciate ...it will help me a lot in taking the final decision....I don't have any layover as it's a direct flight...n I don't need stroller after reaching my destination..so yes I will decide as per my need and convenience..thanks again

  • Natalia
    Oct 19

    Don't forget to take infant Tylenol with you on a plane - this is the only thing that saved my sanity and helped to calm down my 7 months baby during our trip.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 19

    Thank Natalia...I was thinking about it...as I don't know should I use it or not...I have never given this to my baby..

  • Bre'Anna
    Oct 19

    You don’t need to give your child Tylenol. Don’t be so quick to give your baby drugs to calm them.. the most powerful drug they can have is your comfort🙌🏾🙌🏾 Breastfeed on take off and landing it will help with their ears popping (unless they are sleep don’t wake them. You do NOT NEED To take your baby out the carrier when going through security. They will test your hands but you will just walk through. It’s always easier to baby wear at the airport. My 9month has been through LAX DALLAS AND OHARE. And I went everytime by myself.. Also what saved the day was taking a breastfeeding pillow. That way you don’t have to hold them while feeding plus they have something to lay on. Check stroller before security. You want to carry as little as possible. I just recently tried to take a lot and I regretted it. Also just take a diaper bag or backpack on plane. Take a change of clothes for the baby in case they have a poop explosion. Also take ziplock bag for poppy and pee diapers to put in so they don’t smell. Take a extra shirt for you in case of spit up. Also if your child is into toys buy a new rattle or teething toy and introduce it to them on the plane.. new toys keep them distracted. Use 100 percent lavender oil on baby’s chest and bottom of feet (put socks on after you apply it) It will keep your baby calm. Is my saving grace.. Take water for you.. flights are dehydrating Finally and most importantly. Have good thoughts, pray or whatever you do. If you anticipate your child having a bad flight most likely they will. They feed off your energy. Just expect for your baby to have an amazing flight and stay stress free.

  • Natalia
    Oct 20

    If you've never given Tylenol before of course check with your pediatrician. I gave it to my baby when he had a fever after 6 month shots, so I knew that he wouldn't have any adverse reaction. Tylenol was the last thing I tried to calm down my baby, and I think it was necessary, because it was 3 am, my baby was exhausted from crying and needed like NEDEED sleep.

  • Erusa
    Nov 04

    I have flown without a stroller and just a carrier . At the end i would have them both. I would put my carry ons when im baby carrying .