Tips for Flying with an Infant or Toddler

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Don’t stress over the thought of flying with an infant or toddler!

Starting at ten-weeks-old, I’ve flown with my children at every age and stage. I’m here to share my concerns, and the reality of our flights. They weren’t always easy or vomit-free, but I don’t regret any of them. And I speak from experience when I say that it does get easier as they get older.

You can maintain your sanity when you’re traveling with children… just make like a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared”…

Flying with Babies…

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Tips for Flying with an Infant Aged 1-12 Weeks…

My daughter’s first trip was when she was 11-months-old. My son came on our first family trip when he was just 10 weeks. Bub’s traveled A LOT in his few years, and he’s been on planes at pretty much every developmental stage of his life. Some trips were easy. Some trips were tough. But they were all worth it! 
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Tips for Flying with an Infant 3-6 Months…

Flying with an infant of this age means one thing for mom (or dad)… YOU’RE BUSY. But this is also one of the more rewarding and fun times to travel with your baby. They’re alert, you can usually figure out what they need when they need it, and they’re still quite easily distractible. Unlike newborns, babies of this age are at least in the beginning stages of a routine, and while that makes your life easier as a parent, an understandable fear is blowing that routine by hitting the road.  Read More…

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Tips for Flying with an Infant 6-12 Months…

We’ve flown more with our kids during this stage than any other. And just how many pictures do we have of us on board the aircraft? Zero! In life, never mind on a plane, with a baby of this age YOU’RE BUSY. And if you’ve got an early walker on your hands (lap)? EVEN BUSIER. But this does not mean that flying has to be unpleasant. Unlike newborns, and younger babies, infants of this age are even more interactive than their younger selves, usually well-established into routines (that will NOT be permanently ruined due to travel – promise!) and since you may be starting solids, you can now (or soon!) take advantage of the calming and distracting power of SNACKS. Read More...

Flying with Toddlers…

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Tips for Flying with a Young Toddler 12-24 Months…
Even if you have a well-traveled infant, all bets are off once they enter the world of young toddlerhood. As things change for your little one, you need to change your expectations, and come up with new tricks for managing sticky situations. Flying with a toddler is no exception. And young, pre-verbal toddlers can definitely give you a run for your money. Read More…

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Tips for Flying with Children 24-Months and Older… 

The very thought of flying with a toddler is probably the single biggest stress that families face when planning a family vacation. And as even the most-traveled families will tell you, once a kid hits two all bets are off. Although for us *three was the new two* in a lot of cases, I’m actually quite proud to say that we have not once been kicked off a flight, that in spite of a mid-flight barf-o-rama and the odd airplane toilet drama, we made it through our toddler flying years relatively unscathed. I say relatively, since on the flight when Bub was just-turned-three (so technically a preschooler, not matter how much that hurts to say!) he threw a full-on, screaming red-faced tantrum. Dun dun dun. Read More…

More Tips for Flying with an Infant or Toddler…

Surviving Early Morning Flights

Some charter flights take off eeaarrllyy – and since you have to be at the airport sometime three hours beforehand, is there any point in going to bed? Here are some tips to coping with an early morning flight with a baby or toddler…

What to Wear when Flying with a Baby

It may seem like a frivolous thing, but choosing your wardrobe for flying with a baby or toddler (for you and for them) needs a bit of thought if you’re going to be clean (relatively speaking) and comfortable when you arrive at your destination. Hint** A white pantsuit is probably not the best idea.

How To Help A Toddler Sleep On A Plane

You might choose to try to drug your toddler, but in addition to testing the medication beforehand to ensure there are no adverse effects, you could try a natural approach with these tips.

16 Responses to Tips for Flying with an Infant or Toddler

  1. Asmita Nepal at 07:34 #

    Wow! This is informative pretty awesome!

  2. Wissam at 20:08 #

    Thanks for this website. We just had our baby and already had to travel twice. There’s a lot of things i wished i had known earlier. Things as simple as how do we take a cab to the airport if we must put the baby in a car seat (legally and safety-wise). We ended up taking our car with the car seat in it. Thankfully we parked at a cheap off-airport parking lot. We used onestopparking.com for Montreal

  3. disgruntled traveler at 08:19 #

    No no no no no.

    Do not fly with your baby unless you have no choice — as in you’re moving or emigrating. Do not torture hundreds of people for hours and hours because you can’t accept that babies have no self-control and that this will affect your life for some time.

    I am a mother. I have needs, and I take care of them. I also recognize that I live in a society with other people. When my child was an infant, she was a big screamer for a long time. So here’s what I did: I recognized that there would be many years in which I could sit for hours in coffeeshops, and fly places with my child, but that this was not that time.

    A few days ago I was on a two-hour flight with an infant who screamed like its parents were strangling and beating it for an hour. Every damn person on that plane had to share in the anxiety and unhappiness for a solid half hour at each end. It became clear that the baby was reacting to cabin pressurization and depressurization — its ears hurt, poor thing, and all because its parents were so selfish that they couldn’t wait a while to jet off again.

    Some of the people on that flight may have needed sleep. Some may have been traveling with migraines, or nausea, or some other kind of pain worsened by having to listen to screaming that went on and on and on. NOBODY needed the stress those two parents generated by bringing their infant along.

    DON’T DO IT. It’s selfish and anti-social. Wait till your child is older and can travel well — you’ll enjoy your family vacations then without making everyone else pay.

    • Corinne at 10:21 #

      Might I suggest these for the next time you have to venture out into society: Noise Cancelling Headphones

    • Militarymomma at 13:05 #

      I’m sorry, but sometimes a parent has no choice but to fly with an infant. My husband is in the military and we have to move across the country. We have no choice, but to fly with our 5month old because I’m not going to torture my baby with a 5day drive across the country just for others comfort. When flying you are in close proximity with a lot of people and it won’t always be a pleasant experience. Perhaps you need to prepare yourself to accept that you are in a public space and the world does not revolve around you. Get yourself some noise cancelling head phones or don’t fly at all.

      • Corinne at 16:45 #

        You go, Militarymomma! Seriously… grown ups need to grow up.

  4. rahul at 04:13 #

    During travel, we often face some problems when travel for long time with babies. Because to keep then engage at one seat is a tough task. Firstly, Great tips shared here. Agree to take some baby foods and take some toys for babies, pillows and their favorite gadgets with you.

  5. Karan Sharma at 16:37 #

    Great article !

  6. Hello
    Corinne McDermott,

    Thanks for awesome article, its very informative & helpful. before travelling anyone should read this article.

  7. Alicequeen at 22:28 #

    I had a wonderful family, and this is exactly what I was looking for to prepare for a trip with 2-year-olds.
    Thanks Corinne!

  8. Meenu at 01:01 #

    I want to travel with my 1 year old son. But i’m totally confused which things are best to flying with 1 year old kid. Then i saw your ideas regarding this. It seems interesting as well as excellent. Now i’m gonna apply your ideas. Thanks for sharing wonderful ideas!!!

  9. kiran at 01:15 #

    Travelling with a baby is a challenge itself because they need extra ordinary care. You made tasks of busy moms easier. Great piece of information very helpful for first time travelers with their infants.

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