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10 Tips For Flying With A Baby & Toddler

It’s been a while since we shared travel tips, especially on how to fly with a baby and toddler. Thankfully the world keeps turning and we keep travelling (safely). I still maintain that flying with a baby is the best time to travel. You don’t have to buy them a seat and for the most part, they are immobile. It is when you get to toddler age that things become trickier. They don’t want to remain seated, are prone to a tantrum and the whole experience can be exhausting. Following two successful journeys to Italy and Spain, Emily shares her top travel tips here. Emily travelled with her baby daughter age 7 months and her son age 3.

  • Request the front row bulkhead seats where possible. You may need the bassinet if you are flying longhaul.
  • Dress comfortably, you’ll have a baby on your lap the entire flight!
  • Bring changes of clothes for everyone, including you. Nothing worse than vomit all over your travel top.
  • Muslins are useful for blankets, seat covers and cleaning spillages.
  • Pack a million snacks. This is the easiest way to make a rowdy toddler happy.
  • Don’t waste hand luggage space with toys for babies. They’ll play with anything you give them from a seatbelt to your magazine.
  • Bring a travel toilet seat if you’ve recently potty trained. We use this one by Try.hu which contains 8 Anti Slip Silicone Pads ABS Material & 1 Carry Bag
  • iPad is your best friend. We loaded it with movies and brought kids headphones. We also brought some superhero figurines for our son to play with.
  • If the baby doesn’t take a dummy, give them a bottle or water during take off and landing for the sucking motion.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. I droped my buggy at the gate and BA did not load it on to the plane. Luckily I had my baby carrier and my son is old enough to walk with no problem. It was still a pain to have to wait around to sort before we left the airport (another reason to pack extra snacks).

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