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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.

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?

  • Wenonah
    Jan 25

    I bought ready made formula and powder. They checked it out and it was fine

  • 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

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.

Anonymous posted in Babies Jan 01

Tips for a big international trip with a 3 month old?

Hi everyone - I’m due in April and it feels crazy to be planning this far in advance, but we’re trying to book travel for this summer so I’d love any advice you may have! We live in SF, but have a wedding in Maine and since we love travel, and we’ve heard that 3 months is a good age to travel with, we’re planning on spending 5 days in Europe (likely Provence) after the wedding. My questions a... More

  • Laura
    Jan 02

    On international flights you can get the bulkhead seat with bassinet. You may need to call to reserve it.

  • Kim
    Jan 02

    For sure call to get the bassinet for your flight! 3mo is super easy to travel with, easier to fly than drive I swear! My 3yo has done 8 rt flights and 2 of them were international. Really if you are breastfeeding that makes it easy to travel, bring a pump for sure (even if just a simple hand pump) if you want flexibility like you would at home. If you plan to travel by car bring your car s... More

Anne posted in Flying Dec 14

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

Help me pick some good ones to bring on a long flight!

  • Tish
    Dec 19

    We really like The Star, it's the story of Jesus's birth as told by the donkey. Lots of fun silliness but a good message.

  • Perry
    Wednesday

    Got to love the classics. Rudolph, and muppet family Christmas

Jossie posted in Flying Dec 13

Traveling with 5 month old

I’m traveling with my LO (5 months). Any tips/recommendations. I feel like I need a luggage just for essentials. I’m a bit lost. We are taking car seat (with base) stroller. In one bag I have bottle warmer and pump. How do I pack his formula and breast milk? I’m sure we will be in the airport 2 hours before flight and the flight is 3 hours. Ugh any tips will help.

  • Jossie
    Dec 13

    Thank you all very much! I definitely feel better prepared with all your tips. Now hopefully he will do ok in flight and if not it’s ok mamas ready 😊

  • Jess
    Dec 14

    We have flown a few times and most recently international and my advice is pack light 😀 also check to see if your airport has the Mamava pods for breastfeeding. I used it a few times for feeding or pumping as it was a private space and then didn’t have to worry about formula or packing a lot of milk. First flight I look a cooler of frozen breastmilk and no questions from TSA.

Amy posted in Flying Dec 11

Advice about taking a 7 month old on his first plan ride

  • Kim
    Dec 12

    Like the others said a pacifier will save you. If you plan on having your baby as a lap child I suggest wearing them, then you can have your hands free. If you are buying a ticket check your car seat ahead of time to make sure if will fit on the plane. Flying with babies is much easier than toddler so have fun! Our 3yo has flown 8 time round trip and two international, so it can be loads of fun!

  • Ana
    Dec 13

    If you’ll be on a long flight, pack one extra t-shirt FOR YOU. If the little one spits on you, drops food or milk (those spaces are tiny), you’ll feel great with fresh clothes. Flights are cold, a light blanket is always handy, specially with the air on coming out above of the window seats.

C posted in Flying Dec 09

Your favorite tricks to keep baby happy on the plane

What are your tried and true go-tos that always keeps your lap infant quiet throughout the flight? Let's hear them!

  • MichDacs
    Dec 09

    We grab a bunch or random things from the airport food court (straws, to-go cups, sugar packets). He had fun taking straws out of its cover, putting sugar in cups, transferring sugar from one cup to another... we like doing this since, if we lose it, all is still well in world. Plus, we can toss everything after the plane ride and we don’t have to worry about lugging so much toys around.

  • C
    Dec 11

    That's brilliant!

Anonymous posted in Flying Nov 27

Long flight

Hi All, I’m doing a 10 Hour flight on my own to England to see family for the holidays with my 14 month old (hubby joins me there at a later date and will fly back with us). I have done this trip before but when she was 6 months and not even crawling. Now, it’s a whole new situation as she is running everywhere and can’t keep still. One lucky thing is it is a night flight (4.30pm departure). ... More

  • Jaz
    Nov 29

    Baby might need to stretch. Walking up and down the pathway is always good. Also you can start teaching them stretching exercises which they can do with you on the flight. Just remember to do you and don’t care who is looking, you do what you have to do to keep baby happy and yourself sane! Best of luck!

  • Julianne
    Dec 04

    See if the airline offers bassinets for when she falls asleep. They’re usually only offered on international flights and in certain seats but can be helpful, especially when flying alone. Went on a solo 6 hour plane ride at that age and gave her a new “toy” every 30-45 min ish (ie: something from the dollar bin at Target). Just keep reminding yourself the flight will eventually end and you’ll ... More

J posted in Flying Nov 21, 2018

Taking baby food internationally?

I’m about to travel internationally with my almost 10 month old and we are taking a lot of prepackaged baby food. is this a good idea? it is a lot of weight! trying to mitigate any potential stomach issues by giving him food he is familiar with. Also taking my own formula since i just don’t know what to expect.

  • molly
    Nov 21, 2018

    if there are human babies at your destination country I wouldn’t pack more than a little formula. Buy everything local and feed what babies there eat. fresh and nutritious

  • Emi
    Dec 07

    We’ve been to Europe twice with our oldest when he was an infant and toddler- first time we packed everything, second time we packed just enough for the plane! Everyone is right, you can get all big brand name formulas anywhere and can get all other food and supplies there as well!

Traveling with autistic son

We will be traveling for thanksgiving with our 4 year autistic child. It will be his first time on an airplane. Do you have any tips or advice? Any cool apps for the iPad or cool games that he would like? Anything is helpful. Thanks in advance!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 20, 2018

    Thank you so much for your responses!! 💗

  • Iris
    Feb 11

    There’s an app on iPhone called “Autism Apps” it sorts tons of apps by categories.

Anonymous posted in Clothes Nov 19, 2018

Sleep wear in flight?

Is it a good idea to put on a sleep wear/footed pajama on my 1 year old during a 24 hour flight with a layover? I don't want to worry about his shoe falling off or him removing his socks? Why does your experience say? Any comments? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 21, 2018

    Thanks everyone. It helps..

  • DeeDee
    Nov 25

    I flew to GA in June with my 9 month old ( at that time) footed pajamas was perfect for keeping him warm on the chilly flight!. I brought 2 pair for food or accident mishaps.

Milk on flight??

Hello Need advice suggestions on how and what should I do? I am traveling international next week with my one year old. He drinks milk no formula. The flight is approximately 24 hours. How should I take milk? All bottles? Won't milk get bad by that time? Please share your experience/suggestions. Thanks

  • Emily
    Nov 19, 2018

    I bought the boxed milk off the shelf for my flight. I bought the mini boxes.

  • Joanna
    Nov 19, 2018

    Horizon single serve cartons. Also, McDonald's at the airport or Starbucks before the flight. And then they'll have milk on the coffee cart on the plane. Use an insulated cup and it should stay cold for several hours. That's a long flight. Good luck!

What do I use for my 1 year old on the plane to keep from popping of ears and fussiness?

  • Lesley
    Nov 19, 2018

    Give a snack to eat or a drink when the plane starts to take off! It’ll help

  • Malka
    Nov 20, 2018

    Have he/she drink taking off and landing

First flight with 9 month old

Hi there! My 9 month old daughter will be traveling from CA to AZ for Xmas. This is her first flight and she is a very active baby who gets very fussy if she doesn’t get a chance to crawl and explore. Any tips would be appreciated!

Val posted in Flying Nov 16, 2018

Travel

We will taking a plan trip for Christmas this year any one have any advice? I have a 7 year old with special needs. A 4 year old that screams and a 6 month old. Our flight is very late at night.

  • LisaP
    Nov 30

    When I flew solo with my almost-2 year old, I wipe-bathed him, brushed teeth, read a book, and changed him into pajamas so that he understood that it was bed time. And then changed him into day-time clothes in the morning- also an extra activity to keep him occupied. I agree with the other posters that the long-haul red-eye was the easiest part of the trip. The connections were a little toughe... More

  • Kristle
    Dec 14

    For your 7 year old bring their security item, for your 4 year old if they have like a kindle that has their favorite games or books that is already downloaded that does not need the internet that is always a plus and for your 6 month old make sure they have a bottle handy or pacifier for taking off and landing for the elevation changes in the air so babies ears pop accordingly so there is no p... More

Anonymous posted in Flying Nov 16, 2018

Travel Tips/Must Haves for 1 yr old baby traveling 1st time CA to FL?

Hi! FTM here & traveling soon (Christmas time) for the 1st time w/ our almost 1 yr old baby by then, California to Florida, for a family reunion, we have a connecting flight & we chose a daytime flight. We’re seated all the way at the back near the bathrooms & an aisle seat. There’s so many info & tips online but just wanted to hear what are your personal experiences, travel tip... More

  • Lulu
    Nov 17, 2018

    A tablet and snacks!

  • Kim
    Nov 18, 2018

    We flew from CA to IL recently and we bought some new small toys to entertain her. We hid them beforehand so she wouldn’t see them and only brought them out when she started to really get fussy. Since they were new toys she was excited for something new to play with. Only bring one out at a time so you have several to work with and then hide them again once they lose interest so you can play su... More

Traveling!

Hey y’all! I’m sure there are other post like this, so I’m sorry if it’s a repeat. My family and I are taking a trip in December. I’ve NEVER flown before, and I’ve certainly never flown with a 16 month old. 🙈 We are already planning on having a car seat shipped to our destination (We’re visiting family, so they will have it installed in their car when they pick us up) and we’re taking an umbr... More

  • molly
    Nov 15, 2018

    When mine is a lap passenger he loves sitting on my tray table so we can play tiny toes etc. Re car seat, I always use latch option when traveling as seat belts etc are too time consuming:)

  • Ashlie
    Nov 15, 2018

    This is what I meant https://youtu.be/fdjSD0HzKTo

Ana posted in Flying Nov 13, 2018

Help! Traveling alone with 3mo & 2.5yo!

Hi! I am traveling with my 3 mo and my 2.5 yo without my husband and I am freaking out. I need ideas on how to entertain my oldest and keep my baby calm during the flight. My oldest has traveled with me before but this will be our first time with the little one. It is an almost 4 hour flight in the morning. Any suggestions on how to handle both and keep my sanity, I will greatly appreciate! Tha... More

  • Darrci
    Nov 13, 2018

    I haven’t traveled in a long time so I don’t know the rules on food, but if you can, I would pack lots of snack baggies and a well charged phone or iPad lol good luck 😅

  • Brittany
    Nov 13, 2018

    Coloring books like the crayola color wonder so it’s less mess. If you bring a lot of snacks like fruits snacks or granola bars, I brought a gallon sized zip lock bag for a trash bag. The ipad would be a lifesaver I didn’t have one when I traveled and was also going through my phase of not wanting to be judged for letting my kids use one, now I realize I gotta do what works for us. But, I also ... More

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