Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top Tips for Flying with Young Kids

I've been flying with small children since my oldest was just a couple of months old, eight years ago. I can tell you that the first time I flew with her my anxiety was through the roof, and that was for a short, one hour flight. The next time we flew was to Europe when she was seven months old and it was just her and me, no support from my husband. I was a wreck going into the flight because

1. I just kept picturing her kicking & screaming the whole 11 hour flight

2. Her being awake and me having to keep her from crying the whole 11 hour flight

3. Me going absolutely crazy because I had no friggin clue what I was doing and I'm the type of person who cares way too much what other people think

Now, everything turned out pretty much ok except she ended up getting a fever towards the end of the flight...I never expected that to happen. And over the years, as I've added more kids to the mix and continued to travel, I've picked up on some tricks for flying with young children and infants that might help other new parents out. Keeping in mind that I like to travel as light as possible, my list is so you don't take unnecessary items that you won't end up using with you, which I've seen many parents do when traveling with children.

Also, strollers can be checked at the gate when boarding, car seats are recommended for children under two but lap seats are available, and milk & formula are able to pass through security without being dumped. However, I recommend bringing powdered formula just in case. Once a child is old enough for their own seat, they also get a carry-on bag *yay for an extra bag!
Traveling with small children and babies doesn't have to be a nightmare and even though unexpected events may occur during a long flight/journey (um, one time my daughter-14 months- and I got stranded at an airport after our 3rd flight of the day got cancelled at 11:00pm at night...on New Year's...after 15 hours of traveling. I seriously can't make this up). It's best to be prepared but without having to lug too many unnecessary items.
Good luck & safe travels!


  1. I've never had to fly with my children but these are fabulous tips.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely evening.

  2. It's been a real pleasure linking up!! Thank you for the chance!! Have a great Friday! xx

  3. Hi Ashleigh,

    My youngest two are now teenagers but I remember flying with them a few times when they were little and let me tell you it was an adventure to say the least! These are all wonderful tips! Thanks so much for sharing them as I know a lot of Mom's could use this advice... I know I could have used it years ago! ;-)

    I look forward to co-hosting the Oh My Heartsie Girls WW with you for the month of February!

    Wishing you a lovely evening!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus!

  4. Haha. So glad my kids are in their twenties now! Oh oh that means there may be grandkids soon to fly with. I better print this out for future reference!


  5. Good tips. I always take a big zip lock back in case they have an accident and then the clothes are zip locked away and don't smell.
    Looking forward to co-hosting with you on Wordless Wednesdays.

  6. Great tips!!! I'll have to remember these when I have kids. I love your travel stuff that you blog about! :)

  7. These are great tips! We flew so many times in my son's first 18 months of life, it was ridiculous! Now we haven't flown in years and the thought of flying with all of my kids now makes me want to rock back and forth in a corner somewhere chewing on my hair. :)

  8. Interesting article, will bear it in mind next time I fly.

  9. We had to fly with my daughter at three months old. She was a champ and just slept or ate the entire time. Can't imagine flying with her now at two... She'd go nuts. Hahaha but thanks for the tips just in case. ;)

  10. Great tips! We always bring the ipad, pen, paper and goldfish. We don't usually bring a lot of toys, because he never ends of playing with any of them:)

  11. Great tips. Loved reading through this article.

  12. These are great tips. Also great timing for all the traveling people do in the summer. THanks for sharing.

  13. Great tips! My husband and I have been too nervous to take our 3 on a plan yet (aged 4,4 and 2). Hopefully soon!

  14. Great tips! We traveled without 3 and 6 yos earlier this month and I'm doing it alone in a couple of weeks, so thank you!

  15. We are doing a short flight Thursday and then our long flight to Europe in September - Thursday will be our first time flying since MG was 3 months old and I'm SO nervous! Thank you for the tips!