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.

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