At The Airport & On Board The Flight

We know that travelling by air with children certainly has its challenges however, if you plan and prepare it can be a stress free experience. We’ve put together the following tips to help make air travel as stress free as possible.


At the Airport

Get to the airport early, that way you can check on seat requests (i.e. bassinet or bulk head requests) you can feed bub, feed mum and dad, have a walk around, and find an empty departure gate to run (or crawl) around to burn off some energy.

Remember you will have to take baby out of their stroller or carrier etc. for security so if a carrier is very complicated to put on perhaps wait until you have cleared security

Pack babies foods, formula and drinks etc. in a separate resealable plastic bag and present it to security

Change your baby right before boarding; it is much easier to change a nappy at the airport than it is in the plane toilets so give yourself the maximum amount of time between plane toilet changes.

Get to your gate early, generally parents travelling with kids are allowed to board first to give you time to get organised in your seats.

Make friends with other parents and kids while you are waiting to board then you can visit them later in the flight.

On board

Take plenty of snacks, kids appetites may vary to the timing of the travel cart plus snacking fills in some time.

If your child has only recently been potty trained, you may want to consider putting them in pull ups or a nappy for the flight just in case turbulence stops them from being able to leave their seat.

Stay calm even if your child cries, don’t worry about what other passengers think, you are doing your best!!

Make sure you take Paracetamol with you on-board in case of ear aches or other pain. For other ideas of what to take on board see our carry on packing list here

Put some breathable fabric over the top of the bassinet to shield baby from lights in the cabin.

Try to keep your kids hydrated by frequently offering water and perhaps occasionally juice.

Ask the hostesses for help if you need it, most of them will be really willing to help.

If you need hostesses to heat bottles for you, ask them in advance of when you need it, they are often busy with catering duties etc. so may take a while to get the bottle ready so don’t wait until you have a screaming hungry baby to ask.

If your baby takes a dummy, let them have it on take-off and landing to ease pressure on their ears, feeding babies on take-off and landing also works, chewing gum or a chewy sweet will help to clear older kid’s ears.

Home TV rules don’t need to apply when flying, let your kids watch a movie or tv show, it will allow you to have a little down time.

You can ask cabin crew to keep your meal warm while you feed your kids and they can bring it to you when you are ready (within reason.)

Dress your kids in layers, planes can be very cold or very hot, and layers mean you can adjust their clothing to suit without having to change their whole outfit.

Let the kids have a wander and stretch out by strolling up and down the cabin every now and again.

As much as possible stick to your child’s bed time routine for evening or night flights, change them into their pyjamas, read a story and have a bottle etc. before trying to have a sleep.

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