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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.

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.

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

  • 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

  • Paige
    Mar 20

    Loads of places have fun places to visit. I’d avoid museums and other historical tours because when the baby cries ( and he/she will) it will not disrupt the tours. I would also go for a hotel/rental house close to any attractions so if you have to you can run up to your room. And just PLEASE do not expect to have an action packed day. Plan maybe 1-2 attractions per day and spend the rest of th... More

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

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

  • Tish
    Dec 19, 2018

    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
    Feb 20

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

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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

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

  • Kim
    Dec 12, 2018

    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, 2018

    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.

How old does a baby have to be to safely fly from ohio to florida?

  • Sierra
    Dec 12, 2018

    My daughter will be 2 months on the 30th would that be ok?

C posted in Flying Dec 09, 2018

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, 2018

    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, 2018

    That's brilliant!

Anonymous posted in Flying Nov 27, 2018

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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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!

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