Tips and tricks for parents who are flying with their baby or toddler

It can be difficult for parents to fly with their baby or toddler. With a few clever hacks and tips, you can make it a fun and manageable adventure.

These practical tips will make your trip more enjoyable.

Prior to the flight:

  • Take into account how they behave in other modes of transport to get an idea about their behavior during a flight.
  • To share the responsibility and offer support, fly with your partner, a friend or a family member.
  • Consider the napping patterns of your child and how long you want to travel when choosing flight times.
  • Booking seats in advance is a good idea, as it will ensure the safety and comfort of your baby or toddler.
  • If you are traveling with your baby, contact the airline in advance to make a reservation for a bassinet.
  • Ask about the empty rows of the check-in counter at the airport to get more room on the plane.
  • Bulkhead seats offer more legroom for toddlers and extra space to play.
  • For added safety and comfort, pack a stroller that can accommodate a child car seat.
  • Air New Zealand offers Sky Couches and Skynest Bunk Beds.

Packing Essentials:

  • You should check the restrictions and allowances for cabin baggage on your airline.
  • Check with your hotel to see if you can get these essentials.
  • Order formula and baby foods in advance from the airport pharmacy to be collected after security.
  • A toddler bed can be used to create a sleeping space for the child during the flight.
  • Use a stroller to contain your child and make transportation easier.
  • You can use a baby carrier to move around with your hands free and soothe your child.
  • Travel documents should be easily accessible from the back of your stroller or carrier.
  • If you or your child has a spill, make sure to have extra clothes on hand.
  • Consider clothing that is easy to breastfeed and comfortable.
  • A snoozeshade will create darkness in your baby’s crib or when you arrive.
  • To help balance ear pressure, use a water or dummy cup during takeoff and landing.
  • Stock up on extras like muslins and dummies, wet wipes for diapers or soiled cloths.
  • Consider a changing mat that has a place to store wipes and nappies.
  • Pack fruit and other snacks in containers that are peanut-free.
  • Water bottles or pouches with air pockets can leak.
  • Book in advance the meals for your children to be served on time.
  • After your child has finished eating, request that your meal be served.
  • Make a grab-bag with the essentials for an easy flight.
  • Organise your clothes into clear bags or packing Cubes to improve suitcase organization.
  • Bring along toys that will keep children entertained, won’t cause a mess and won’t disrupt other passengers.
  • Use child-friendly headsets and download your kids’ favorite shows to a tablet.
  • Babys are often fascinated by their environment even without toys.
  • A pillow or blanket will add comfort and familiarity.
  • Do not forget important medications such as Calpol.

Travel Tips for Airports

  • Talk about the trip with your child in advance to create excitement.
  • Save time by checking in online and requesting to block the seat adjacent to you.
  • Use the assistance of airport staff and fellow passengers to fold down your stroller.
  • At the security checkpoint, look for a special lane reserved for families with children.
  • Avoid meltdowns caused by hunger.
  • When families have the choice, consider boarding before any other option.
  • When traveling with your baby, it is important to plan the boarding procedure carefully.

Boarding the flight:

  • Wear a back pack to relieve your hands and use a baby carrier.
  • Use a backpack to allow your child the freedom of carrying their own things and feeling more engaged in travel.

While the flight:

  • Your children’s safety and comfort should be your priority.
  • To relieve ear pressure, you can nurse or bottle feed your child during the takeoff and landing.
  • Use interactive toys, coloring books and stickers to keep your child entertained.
  • Stretching and preventing restlessness can be achieved by walking up and down aisles regularly.
  • Reduce noise levels for children by using noise cancelling headphones or earplugs.
  • A small pillow or blanket will help your child to sleep in a comfortable environment.
  • Prepare for any accidents that may occur by keeping extra clothing and diapers on hand.
  • Your children will sense any stress you are experiencing.

Every child is unique, so you should adapt the tips according to your family’s preferences and needs.

By planning ahead, maintaining a positive outlook, and packing a carry-on with the right items, flying with your baby or toddler can be a pleasant experience for all.