Parents share their top tips for flying with kids – from car seats to strollers
Air travel can be stressful as many of us worry about long security lines, delayed flights, cancellations and uncomfortable seats.
But, the struggle is amplified when you go on vacation with children.
Not only do you have to take care of your needs, but you have to make sure the kids are fed, comfortable, safe, and hopefully even quiet.
Fortunately, on Reddit, parents and experienced travelers have shared some tips to make flying easier when you have young children with you.
A new dad wrote: “My wife and I are traveling by plane for the first time with our two children (two years and four months). Advice on travel best practices and pro tips?
“We will be flying from NY to TX for six days. We have selected non-stop flights. We booked three seats with my four month old on our lap.”
In the comments, people shared their top tips for the parent.
Keep your pram up to the door
One person said, “Keep the stroller with you until you get to the gate.
“You’ll want it for both kids and you can check it at the gate when you leave and pick it up at the gate when you arrive. You’ll have to wait a few more minutes to get it, but it’s worth worth having.”
Car seats at check-in
One user noted, “Most airlines will check a car seat for free for each child accompanied by a parent. So you should be able to check two car seats. I would check with the airline.
“You’ll check them in like you would baggage and they’ll put them in bags and tag them there.”
They said: “Most airlines will allow families with young children to board the aircraft first. Now here is where you have a decision to make.
“You can start early and maybe not feel so rushed, but keep in mind that once you’ve settled in, you’ll now have to keep the kids entertained for a bit longer.
“Some will recommend waiting longer in the terminal. We prefer to board earlier with our children, but they are a bit older and this allows us to seat them with snacks and iPads.
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Snacks and shows
The parent added: “We usually let ours choose a favorite snack for the flight and download movies or shows for them on Netflix.
“Our two eldest are now somewhat seasoned travelers but we are traveling in June with our one year old for the first time so there will be a few extra small toys and snacks for her.
“With both children, but especially the four-month-old, watch for signs of jumping ears.”
Jumping ear problem
Another parent had a tip to help pop the ears.
She said: ‘One of the best things you can do for your children and fellow passengers is to bottle feed or breast feed during take off and landing!
“The sucking motion helps their ears regulate pressure changes and it will make everyone happier.”
For older children, sucking on a carton of juice or milk will also help.
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Choose Airplane Seats Wisely
They added: “For seating, place one parent in front of the toddler and the other next to the toddler.
“It’ll keep you from aggravating a stranger with kicks, and parents can take turns for toddler homework/taking a break.”
Leave special stuffed animals at home
One mum wrote: “If your two-year-old has a ‘love’ like a special soft toy or blanket, don’t bring it!
“Get a separate one just for travel, it’s the ‘adventure comforter’ or whatever you call it.”
What is your best advice for traveling with children? Tell us in the comments…