Flying

Get advice and share your best tips on air travel with kids from getting through the airport security with breastmilk to the best carseat to take on a plane.

Anonymous posted in Flying Jun 07

Any tips for a 6 hour flight with an almost 2 year old?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 09

    We never ever give our phones/iPad but the plane is the only exception lol get an isle seat bc you’ll be walking up and down a lot. I’d get toddler their own seat. I did lap ticket for my 18 month old last weekend and it was such a mistake, it’s just way too tight. Lotssss of snack, hide a few toys for a few weeks so they’re new.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 09

    Snacks, drinks, tablet a new toy all things your wouldn’t usually give into. We also flew early right after he woke for the day so he would be more tolerant which worked well until our flight was super delayed 🤷🏼‍♀️

Caleb posted in Flying Jun 06

Air travel tips

We have a trip coming up in a couple of months, and I was wondering if anyone had some tried and true methods of making air travel with a 1 yr old as smooth as possible? Dealing with TSA? On the plane? Calming baby? Ect...

  • Tina
    Jun 06

    We flew to japan when my baby was 11.5 months old and he was most interested in the stuff in the seat pocket such as the inflight magazine and emergency instruction pamphlet. We also brought a giant ziploc bag full of small new cheap toys from the dollar store and target. Also when entering the airport security line, ask if there’s a family line which will be a shorter line if they have one. ... More

  • Jennifer
    Jun 07

    Snacks all the snacks you can take. We also flew early morning so he had just woken up and was way happier than nap time. Also we gave him his tablet and some juice as special travel treats

Garima posted in Flying May 26

First time mom looking for travel tips

Hi, I am first time mom and a have limited knowledge related to car seats. My LO is 10 months old. We have uppa baby Cruz stroller for her and MESA car seat. We are planning to travel next week from Miami to Houston. In July month we are planning to travel to Denmark to celebrate her first birthday. Also by this year end we are planning to travel to India to visit our family. Does the... More

  • Myrtle
    May 29

    I don’t know anything about your current stroller but we use the mountain buggy nano stroller when we travel because it fits in the overhead compartment of an airplane😊 The video shows the wheels being removed to put it in the travel bag but we never removed our wheels we left it all intact. It can fit any car seat you have which is nice.Although it’s not as easy as some of those click and go ... More

Laurie posted in Flying May 25

Documentation For Going on Airplane

I have an infant and 8yr old going on a plane with me in a couple weeks, do y’all know if there’s any documentation we would need for them?

  • Anonymous
    May 26

    Some airlines check birth cert or shot records to verify birthdate for lap baby

  • Junoii
    May 30

    You just need the child’s birth certificate and your dL for domestic travel. For internal you need a passport , potentially a visa ( depending on the country you are going into) , and if only one parent is going a document showing the other parent is aware of the travel. That should take care of the airline requirements , security, and customs if you are going international

Anonymous posted in Flying May 18

First flight

I'm flying with my almost 21mo old in a few weeks. He will be sitting on my lap and it's a 7 hr flight. Any tips to keep him occupied?

Dads & Moms and Teamwork

There's a mom & dad that are tag teaming their 3 & 1 year-old on our flight, & it's adorable! The dad managed to get seated in a row with the two kids, the mom stayed further back. The kids are super adorbs & the mom's taking each them for walks when she can. Meanwhile, the dad's hanging out with the other kid (kids when the seatbelt sign's on). It's super-fun to see all the teamwork!

Anonymous posted in Flying May 09

Traveling to SF with a 1yo and 3mo advice

Me, my husband and 2 kids will be flying for the first time to SF from LAX for a weekend. We'll be flying with Alaskan Airlines. Does anyone know of a rideshare service similar to Uber/Lyft that includes a carseat? We won't be renting a car so we won't be bringing our toddler's bulky car seat. Also how does transporting a double stroller into the airplane work? We have the Uno2D... More

  • Joanna
    May 09

    Ask on Nextdoor about a ride. At least in my suburban area there are a few go-to Uber drivers who are willing to store a car seat and bring it to pick up. For your stroller, you will have it tagged at the gate. If you want to put it in a bag, it's up to you. Leave it folded plane side and it should be brought to you at the gate when you land. Same for the car seat if you don't use it ... More

  • B
    May 10

    Where are you staying? Most hotels and many Airbnb’s have pack and plays so you don’t have to lug it. But if you do, you’ll check it in like a suitcase. I’d wrap it in a bag or something. Infant car seat and stroller get checked at the gate or when you check luggage (your decision). Sometimes uber has an uber family option with a car seat. You could check online to see if LA has it.

Anxious parents traveling by plane

We are very anxious parents (at least the mom is) traveling to another state by plane with an 18 month old child. Mom is curious about logistics and germs. We need to travel with a stroller (city mini) and a car seat but my wife adamant about boxing the car seat and stroller so neither will be damaged or contaminated in the cargo hold. How does everyone else do this? Will we need to purchase a ... More

  • Katherine
    May 08

    I travel a lot with my daughter (she has been on 20 planes) I have my car seat in a check bag and check it with my luggage. I then check my stroller in the jetway but I’m always traveling alone with her so I need the stroller. I have wet wipes and I wipe down my seat, tray table, seat back in front of us, and the seat belt. I make sure I pack plenty of snacks, her favorite book, a go to favorit... More

  • Wend
    May 08

    I know this is a pricey option but anytime we have flown with our now 21 month old, we flew first class, two seats for us and him as a lap infant. We are older parents and the comfort came in handy for our sanity. No regrets. We did lay down seats to Hawaii too so he could nap on my husband. We do bulkhead if no lay down seats. The extra room helps! We used baby headphones with him and brought ... More

Laurie posted in Flying Apr 14

Family Trip Tips

My family is taking our Disney trip soon and this will be my first time flying with my 7 month old. Any tips you can give me for the plane ride? Also, any tips for our stay at Disney World or the parks?

  • TiMex
    Apr 14

    Try not to feed or let your little one snack too much before taking off. Give them some time to burp/poop etc... When my kids and their Mom flew for the first time our son had diarrhea from the formula and it bled through onto her shirt and our daughter threw up on her. It was hectic especially since the flight was packed.

  • Molly
    Apr 15

    Try to breastfeed or bottle feed on take off while your still flying up. To help babies ears not hurt. When we went to China with my 10 month old she did really good. Just have a couple of toys and something to drink on. Disney will be a lot of fun.

Kristen posted in Flying Apr 13

First time flying with my 8 month old

We are flying to Washington and will be home 4 days.... and tips & tricks for flying/ packing. Thank you!!

  • PK
    Apr 14

    Get a window seat if you can.. the view outside is pretty good entertainment. We flew for the first time when my son was 1.. he just snacked and slept most of the time. So if your child has a favorite snack, that might help (cereal puffs?). He was also fascinated with the magazines they had so we read those over and over. We also got a cheap umbrella stroller and checked that at the gate so we ... More

Beverly posted in Flying Apr 04

Pro-Tips for a cruise and flight

Going on a one week cruise that will also require a 4 hour flight. My 4yo has never flown or been on a boat, and I"m looking for pro-tips on packing and how to keep him entertained (that does NOT involve giving him a screen and then calling my job done). What do you wish you knew or brought with you? Can toddler take Dramamine?

  • Marika
    Apr 05

    A small portable night light for sleeping in a unfamiliar place is essential for my LO. We always been travelling via plane, ship etc. since he is a baby now he is almost 4. It is easier than first imagined. But the most useful for us was pack light so I always have 1 hand free (1backpack, 1 suitcase) to hold his hands and also easier managing potty breaks etc. There is plenty of entertainment ... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    Does he go to school? If so, you can ask his teacher for any suggestions on activities for him to do. My kids teacher made her a travel packet..and its wonderful! If not my kid's favorite has been no mess coloring book. Play Doh. And bring lots of snacks and if you see him touching his ears during the flight at anytime..have him eat the snacks to help with his ears

Anonymous posted in Flying Mar 28

First plane ride

I will be flying with just my 1yo. It will be his first time on a plane. It's a 7hr flight and he will be on my lap. Any ideas that will help make the flight a little easier?

  • Kristen
    Apr 01

    I flew with my one year old every week for about 8 months. Ergo baby SAVED me. Bring along any snacks they like. Lots of them. And honestly, baby melatonin will help with a longer flight like that. I would also ask them at the gate if there is any way u can switch seats where there may be an empty one next to u for baby. Mine did not like watching TV at all, but that would be an option, an iPad... More

  • Elizebeth
    Apr 02

    I took colored pipe cleaners. Made a game where my child had to put them threw a matching hole in a bottle. She loved it. Played with it for a long time. We also made shapes, identified them by color, and counted them. Take triangle crayons and a coloring book. Movie as a last resort. Teach your child to pop his/her ears beforehand.

Kira posted in Flying Mar 24

First time on a plane

I'll be flying solo with my 20 month old son. It will be his first plane ride so I'm not sure what to expect. Any travel tips?

  • Mia
    Mar 25

    Will he have his own seat? Or on your lap? I flew with my 15 month old on my lap and it was a nightmare. From now on she has to have her own seat 🤦‍♀️

  • Amy
    Mar 28

    I've flown with my son three times and somehow always found something new to be useful. I hope I'm not too late. 1. Easiest is having someone help you with checking in and another helping when you arrive especially for your luggage. If not, be early by I say another hour. 2. Luggage with rollers that go in any direction is the best thing especially if you have multiple. 3. A leash for ... More

Ashley posted in Flying Mar 24

Traveling with 1year old

What are some suggestions for traveling with a 1yr, we’re going to Jamaica in May. Appreciate any suggestions. Thank you

  • Gary
    Mar 25

    Been from DC to Thailand three times with my twins. Next trip to Thailand in a few weeks (they just turned two. Have also been to Hawaii three times. Bring toys and books they haven’t seen before so it’s new to them. Water Wow books are great. Bring a bottle to suck on during take off in case there is a pressure issue (my guys never had a problem but I was always ready). Change of clothes... More

Anonymous posted in Flying Mar 16

Traveling with 15 month old daughter!!!

Hi all!!! I'm flying with my 15 month old daughter next month to Virginia just the 2 of US..it's about a 4 hour flight... I'm a bit nervous😬 any do's or don'ts, advice and suggestions are much appreciated please.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 18

    Thank you!

  • Paige
    Mar 20

    If you find little tin lunch boxes and hot glue LEGO piece pates to the top lid. Store LEGO people, animals, and bricks in the main part of the tin. This is mess free and will entertain them for a food bit

Anonymous posted in Flying Mar 14

Going to be traveling with 1.5 year old twins on a short flight. Any tips!?!

We will be take a trip with our 1.5 old twins on a short flight. We are planning on taking our double umbrellas stroller and renting full size cribs/high chairs when we get down there. Anyyy tips are appreciated!!!

  • Melany
    Mar 21

    My family and I travel overseas a lot. Shortest flight over 17 hours. They do great with minor adjustments based on age. Have new cheap toys for them to open (matchbox or hot wheels cars, figurines non choking size for your age group, duplos or legos for older age). Be sure to bring a snack or granola bar they like and can eat. Let them be free in seats, even play on floor in your row, without ... More

CJN posted in Flying Mar 05

Plane trip with 18mo

Any advice to make it enjoyable? lol Toys entertainment that aren't huge objects?! We are going to Orlando FL which is a 21/2 hr flight. Also, has anyone taken spirit airlines? I'm super nervous about flying. My parents bought the tickets and i appreciate/ grateful for it but people say this airline in particular isnt good. I'm pretty sure the only airline I've ever usedn in th... More

  • Diana
    Mar 09

    In addition to everyone else’s suggestions, add decorative/fidget like keychains to your bag. My child played with/looked at the few keychains I put on her bag much longer than I would have ever imagined!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 18

    Agree with above suggestions, but also want to add flights to Orlando are typically filled with kids or at least passengers who expect to be on a flight with kids. I’ve found that the expectation of other passengers helped alleviate my anxiety of being “that person who brought a baby on a plane.” When I flew with my then 18month old the other passengers were so kind. Many grandmothers and mothe... More

Nikki posted in Flying Jan 22

What to do with car seat while flying

How do you check your kids car seat when you fly? Do you have to put it in a bag or box? We are flying southwest if that helps.

  • Raji
    Jan 22

    When we flew last week; we checked it in n both airlines had these thick plastic bags for the seat. TSA did rip the bag open in places for inspection I guess and we ended up with it chipped in the cup holder 🤷🏻‍♀️ it didn’t get dirty tho

  • B
    Jan 22

    We bought a cheap car seat check bag on amazon. Saves some dirt. Airline employees told me gate checking vs checking at counter was the same in terms of where it ends up and how handled.

Jessica posted in Flying Jan 19

8month old flying international. Feeding questions.

What do we do about bottles? Does the fda allow baby water ?? How many can I take?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    For bottles, you can try these. They have disposable liners so you only need to carry around extra nipples and nipple rings, which saves lots of space! I’d try it first to see if your baby likes it, though. http://www.playtexbaby.com/products/playtex-drop-ins-liners

  • Paige
    Mar 20

    You should be all good, in my experience the FDA Aja’s been pretty forgiving for mother’s, not promising anything but if you are kind and cool they should let you through fine

Natalí posted in Flying Jan 04

Traveling with a three month old by airplane

Have anyone traveled by airplane with a baby at this age before? What did you do to make the baby calm!? My baby drink milk at the bottle, She never liked breastfeeding. I will have a international travel (24hs) with my three month old for the first time and I don’t know what can I do for don’t disturb the people around with her cries. And I don’t know how she will be going.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 05

    I’ve traveled with my son once a month since he was born! 1-5 months was the easiest for sure. I’d just do my best to keep him up as long as possible before the flight and 4/5 flights he slept the entire way! Check the car seat and stroller and just wear baby in a carrier, it’s much easier through airport and security. Bring a change of clothes for you and baby and give bottle or passy on take... More

  • Ady
    Jan 05

    I just travelled with my 6 mnth baby...You don't need to worry...just feed her when she is hungry... babies generally sleep in flight becoz of the motion.So enjoy ur travel.

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