Tips For Flying With A Baby: What I Learned On 26 Flights

I am an avid traveler; the more passport stamps, the better. And then I got pregnant.

My friends said, “You’ll never travel again!” “It’s all over from here.” “Kiss that passport goodbye.” Apparently my friends thought flying with a baby would slow me down.

Not exactly inspiring, friends.

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Can you travel with a Baby?

I looked into the details of baby travel and learned that in the US, children under 24 months old fly free, as long as they are in your lap. I decided to take full advantage of the lap child rule and started planning our first family trip together.

Maximizing the under 24 month Rule

By the time my daughter hit her 2nd birthday, she had flown on 11 different trips, with a total of 26 different flights of all sizes and flight times. Who says family travel is hard?! Well, we’ll get into that later.

We boarded 10 seat puddle hoppers in the Caribbean, 737 overnight international flights to and from Rome, quick hops from Chicago to Atlanta, California, New Orleans, and Denver.

Can anyone say jet lag?

Each flight was unique, whether they were domestic flights or international, and even the repeat trips were different, because of how quickly she aged and changed. I learned a lot about flying with a baby and here’s some of what I figured out.

Travel Tips for Flying with a Baby

My first time traveling with an infant, Avi was was 3 months. We headed to Palm Springs, California for a much needed warm up after a bitter cold Chicago winter. We were so nervous leading up to this first trip with our little one.

Treats for Passengers?

I was actually that mom who made small bags of treats with earplugs and a “Hi, it’s our first time flying, fingers crossed it doesn’t suck for anyone” (turns out our fellow passengers really appreciated the gesture). 

Barely able to sit up in my lap, let alone wear a seatbelt, the biggest trick was learning to juggle a nursing baby with a snack tray.

Don’t worry, we have tips on how to bottle feed and feed your baby breast milk on a plane.

Flying with a 3-month-old baby

At 3-months-old, Avi nursed on takeoff and landing to reduce cabin pressure in her ears, snoozing for the bulk of the trip, and barely made a peep. It was deceptively easy, and eased my anxieties enough to try more flights in relatively rapid succession.

The frequency of our coming travel helped make it easy and exciting for Avi. She got used to the process and looked forward to our next trips.

flying with a baby

Bring a Change of Clothes for Baby and You

On the return flight from Palm Springs, another baby a few rows ahead of us vomited on take off. I realized there’s really nothing worse than sitting in your baby’s yuck while flying across a continent.

My advice, pack an extra top for mom/dad (or caretaker), as well as an extra outfit for the baby in your carry on bag. Spare blankets and burp rags are great too.

Prepping INfants for Flying

When our daughter was 5-months-old, we flew from Chicago to Atlanta to visit family. It was early October and we had a nice schedule- departure around 11am and a return flight a few days later around 5pm.

About a week in advance of the flight, we started telling Avi that we were going on an adventure and her eyes would light up, focus on us, seeming to ask us for more information.

“We’re going in an airplane!” “We will take the train to the airport, and then go through security, and then get on an airplane!”

She was so overstimulated by the new process, the break from routine, and the interest from those around us. She ended up zonking out on departure, was awake for a short time during the flight, and then zonked again on landing.

Psychological and Emotional Prep

The key we learned at that point was to tell her of upcoming changes, and explain as it was happening. Babies are constantly learning, and by telling them what’s happening they feel much more settled and steady.

Any time she was unsure, she would look at us, wide eyed, and our explanations really seemed to soothe her.

By 5 months old, she was also very active and engaged in the scenes around her, which meant that my magazine reading days were over.

Flying with a baby is certainly less quiet, but still a very good idea.

tips for flying with a baby

Why Pack Snacks?

At 10-months-old, we took our most grueling trip: a 16 hour travel trip that involved 3 airplanes, 2 continents, lots of delays and a tedious line for customs.

We left the house at 4am for a 7am flight. We woke her slowly, just before departure for the airport, so that she had the least disruption and down time.

Pack food that can last

After checking in our checked bags, we purchased bagels and bananas and filled up water bottles, preparing for a 3-hour flight which would be punctuated by a 2-hour layover. Snacks were planned pre-flight and a layover meal plan established so that when we landed, we could focus on getting a leg stretch, a nice meal and to the next gate in time.

That lunch was clutch, as the rest of the day fell apart.

PLan for Delays with Extra Baby Food

Upon arrival in Belize, it took us 2 hours to get through customs, followed by another 3 hour wait for our puddle hopper to the island. We were running low on snacks and the baby’s’ energy.

Thankfully, miscellaneous yogurt squeezies, almonds and Lara bars carried us through the night.

flying with a baby

Sleeping on a Plane with Kids

At 15 months, I flew solo to Italy with Avi, who was a developing walker and very interested in the world around her. We packed up the stroller and car seat, and were on our way!

The initial departure flight was delayed 7 hours before canceling at 11pm, and rescheduled for a flight 2 days later (turned out to be delayed about 4 hours).

We were exhausted before we even boarded the plane!

Don’t expect an extra seat for Lap Babies

Once we finally boarded, the flight had been oversold, which meant there was no adjacent airplane seat for my daughter. I had fed her a steady stream of snacks in the lobby to manage her energy, but once we took off she was overstimulated and fascinated by everything.

Finding Space for your Sleeping Baby

She insisted that I carry her, so we walked up and down the aisles for about 2 hours until she finally crashed out in my arms. I had brought along extra baby blankets, and laid them on the floor under the seat in front of me, where I laid her down for about an hour while I in turn took a much needed cat nap of my own.

There wasn’t much sleep for either of us, and she had a bit of a meltdown upon landing.

I held her close, thankful for the baby carrier as I was also struggling with luggage and a purse. I talked to her quietly through deplaning, customs and baggage claim. When we finally got settled into the car, she CRASHED OUT.

Jet lag is another story, but that flight was about as much as I could handle.

Air Travel Before 2 Years Old

Just before her 2nd birthday, we decided to take one last flight to Sonoma, CA to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This was the flight we realized it’s a good thing there’s an age limit on lap babies!

By 2-years-old, most kids are super active, busy little bees and squirmy to boot.

Holding 25 lbs of wiggle on your lap for one hour is challenging and extended flights are exponentially so. The management of food, drinks and arm strength are a non-stop struggle.

There is no way I could manage the tray table at my seat with a toddler in my lap. flight attendants walking by every few minutes with plenty of things for a toddler to try and touch.

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Packing List for Flying With A Baby

Baby Carrier

Managing luggage, coffee, gate details, tickets and food is complicated enough as a traveler; wear your baby through the airport as long as you can.

My carrier of choice for the first year was the JJ Cole Agility carrier. The carrier goes on like a vest, has no buckles or snaps and looks like a swagged layer over your shirt.

The lack of buckles and snaps means that you can wear it through security screening (some airlines request you remove baby carriers like Ergo and similar on take off and landing). Bonus: the fabric panels can act as a nursing cover too!

Backpacks and Diaper Bags

Get yourself a good backpack or diaper bag that can also act as a day bag for yourself. If your child is keen to hold their own bag, you can always grab one of these kids’ backpacks.

A diaper clutch has also been key for us when it came to a diaper change. Never assume the changing tables on an airplane have been cleaned. We pop the clutch, filled with wipes and spare diapers, from one purse or backpack to another.

To bring the stroller or not?

Deciding whether to bring strollers and car seats can be a headache, especially if you and your partner don’t agree.

We opted for the stroller on most trips. After lots of experimentation with a variety of styles and brands, we love the City Mini stroller.

The stroller is easy to fold, one-handed steering, durable, and it’s also under 20lbs so it can be gate checked. If you don’t need the stroller, add it to your check-in luggage pile.

Does your baby need a car seat?

It depends. We took advantage of the “under 24 months flies free” option, but that “free seat” is mom’s lap. You can gate check a car seat though. Simply bring it to the gate agent for a tag, leave it at the bottom of the jet way and it will meet you at your location.

However, some airlines introduce car seat requirements depending on class of service. For example, on AlItalia, infants do not fly free in 1st class: they are required to have a paid seat of their own, and for that seat to have an FAA approved car seat snapped into it.

Most airlines will wave the fee for checked carseats if they are needed at your destination. It does not count in your baggage allowance for a flight as it is a child safety seat.

Tip: Be sure to check the taxi car seat laws of your destination, some states require all passengers to be restrained properly regardless of the vehicle. The same goes for booster seats with small children who are out of the car seat with a child restraint system built in.

More Options For Checking Your Stroller And Carseat On An Airplane 

Window or Aisle?

Sadly, anyone with a lap child can not sit in the exit rows. It makes sense, if you have to worry about your baby, you can’t help the flight attendants with the door.

When your baby is not yet mobile, and doesn’t need their own seat, you can get away with a window seat. By the time you’ve got a budding walker on your hands however, the aisle is where it’s easiest to facilitate movement on long flights. If you are traveling with another adult (or child paying an adult fare), you can book an aisle and window seat in the same row. Then you just pray the flight is not oversold and you can have the middle seat to stretch out.

The only exception to this is on international flights that offer a bassinet for your baby. Make sure you grab a bulkhead seat in any part of the aisle that you can.

What to wear?

You want easy access to passports, boarding passes, your phone, baby birth certificate if needed, a safe spot to stash the pacifier and a bottle. You also want. tomake sure you have easy access if you plan on breastfeeding on a plane.

Sleek leggings, a simple top and a comfortable jacket with pockets are my uniform of choice when flying with a baby.

What can you bring through TSA security?

When you fly with an infant, you get a pass on expressed breastmilk and formula, and sometimes get a pass on bottled water and juice coming through TSA security (be sure to say it’s for the baby’s needs).

We always carry a bunch of snacks. Our favorites include pouches, almonds, carrots, grapes, small oranges and crackers.

More Travel with Baby Tips

1. Have a little faith. Trust that you CAN do this; you can hop in the car or on a plane to find adventure and explore new places as a family.

2. Getting out the door is the hardest step. Once you have the kids fed and dressed with their shoes on (why are the shoes the hardest part!?) you can go anywhere.

3. Try new things! Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of what you think you can do with your kids just a little bit. They may surprise you!

4. You are a parent no matter where you go. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you stop being a mom or dad. You have that job for life. Now it is up to you to decide what the backdrop of parenthood will be. Will you sit at home, or will you explore the Olympic peninsula and Eiffel Tower while enjoying cuddles and fending off tantrums? Personally I’d pick the latter.

5. Accept that jet lag is inevitable, but you will get through it. Click here to get some tips for dealing

Travel Prep

6. Back up your photos. No seriously. Go do it right now. Save them on an external hard drive, cloud or somewhere other than your computer so you have an extra set. If your computer is lost or stolen while you are traveling, you will be very sad to see those images lost forever.

7. Make copies of your passport and credit cards before you travel. Leave one set in a safe place at home and take the other set with you. Don’t forget to stash the extra set you take with you in a different spot than the originals.

8. Let your credit card company and bank know you are traveling overseas before you head out so they don’t place a fraud alert on your account (Trust me. This just happened to us… again)

9. Get your passport and/or Nexus card. It may sound simple, but less than a third of Americans have a passport, which greatly limits where you can go and what deals you can take advantage of, especially those just north of the border in Canada.


10. If you love collecting local art, bring a flat medium size mailing box or a cardboard tube with you to transport your treasures home.

11. Pack at least one bendy straw when traveling with babies and toddlers to enjoy drinks on the go.

12. The 3-3-1 rule for liquids does not include medications, so that bottle of cough syrup or fever reducer for your little ones is fine in your carry-on bag. Just remember to take it out with your other liquids when going through security and check restrictions on countries you may be flying in and out of.

13. Don’t toss your packing list after your trip. Save a bit of time and stress by keeping an electronic version of your packing lists for next year’s vacation and make minor revisions as needed.

14. Keep small bills in your pocket. While a lot of luggage carrier stations accept credit cards, sometimes the card readers are out of order and you need a few bucks to get a cart, or to tip the curbside assistance service attendant. It’s worth it to avoid the stress of lugging your bags all over a large airport while keeping tabs on your family and the departure time.


15. Pack at least one book your child can stare at for hours, like a kid-friendly comic book.

16. Practice collapsing your stroller. If your stroller has remained in its open position since you bought it three years ago, it may be time for a refresher course on collapsing it. Better at home in the garage instead of in the security line at the airport.

17. Consider clipping a small blanket to each of your kids’ backpacks. Sometimes airplanes are as close to freezing as they can get and somehow your row is the only one without a blanket. Or, on shorter flights, not offered at all.

18. Wear a watch when you fly. Sometimes, with your arms full of kids and snacks and distractions for those kids, you just can’t search a bag for your cell phone, or the battery has died from hours of Angry Birds. And sometimes clocks aren’t visible around the airport.

Booking tickets

19. Check to see if the flight you’d like to purchase offers the ability to make changes. Some airlines’ least expensive flights have no possibility to reschedule your flight, even for a fee. So if you need to make a change, for any reason, you have to buy new tickets.

20. Don’t forget the phone. Everyone’s booking airline tickets online, but if you want extra help sifting through options, don’t forget you can call a customer service rep. For example, bulkhead seats fill up fast, so if you want a seat there to take advantage of the bassinets, call the airline and have them check which flights have them available.

21. Bulkhead armrests are fixed, not movable. So if you are hoping to have seats where everyone can stretch out together, book a different row.

At the airport and on the plane

22. Give yourself a little extra time at the airport to account for diaper changes, lines (not every airport has a family line and even if they do, they may take just as long as the regular line),  searching bags to make sure the lovies are in the carry-ons, and delays while bags are searched or your hands need to be swabbed (something that is happening to more parents who walk through standard metal detectors with their children, especially if the baby is in a carrier).

23. Some large airports have massive, fully stocked family rooms complete with changing tables, wipes, toys, rides, private rooms for nursing mothers with pillows, and baby food. Be sure to check out your airport web site in advance for any family amenities.

24. Airlines typically allow you to check car seats and strollers at no extra cost. You can do this either at baggage drop or at the gate as you board, if you think you’d like to continue using your stroller through the airport. Check your airline.

25. Considering buying a car seat bag or stroller bag to protect your gear while in transit from dirt, and hopefully a little extra wear and tear. Some airports do offer plastic bags for such items, but not all.

26. Most airlines will offer almost no assistance to passengers whose flights are delayed or cancelled due to weather — even passengers traveling with small children. If you lower your expectations in advance, you will be (slightly) less stressed if you find yourself in this situation.

27. Traveling with a lap child? Aircraft often have extra oxygen masks on only one side, so you may have to move seats once on board so that you and your lap child are on the side with extra masks.

28. Child restraints: Even if you purchase the CARES child restraint system, you may not get to use it. Some airlines may not let you use them. Depending on the seat types, they may not fit. And some seats, with concave backs, may create an uncomfortable position for your child’s head.

29. Children’s luggage requirements may be different than the accompanying adult. Make sure you read your airline’s policies or call customer service.

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46 thoughts on “Tips For Flying With A Baby: What I Learned On 26 Flights”

  1. Esther

    Flying with our 4mth old for the first time next week (can’t wait!), so I’ll be reporting back 😉

    1. Keryn Means

      Let us know how it goes!!!

    2. Tai Kojro-Badziak

      So how did it go!? Hope you had a great trip

  2. Olivia

    We don’t have family near us, so we knew we a would be flying quite a bit with an infant. We opted for the Doona car seat/stroller – it’s incredibly easy for travel since the wheels are built into the carseat itself. It also buckles into any car without needing a base, so it’s great for cab rides. It will probably only with for us until he’s 1yr, but it’s totally worth it to us.

    1. Tai Kojro-Badziak

      NICE! I haven’t heard of that one – will check it out!

  3. Elisse

    I loved reading this article because I had an almost identical experience and my daughter (now 25 months).
    She has been all over the country, 11 flights in total and on our last trip, which was only a two hour flight we decided she was too big and squirmy to be on my lap.
    I mostly skipped the stroller and opted for the baby carrier, though I did feel like a bit of a pack mule.

    1. Tai Kojro-Badziak

      Carrying ALL THE THINGS *and* a baby in front is definitely an adventure! Glad you’ve been able to enjoy so many adventures with your tiny one 🙂

  4. Jacqueline

    As an ex flight attendant and soon to be mom, it’s nice to see a thought out and practical article! Snacks are a must as not many airlines have baby/todler friendly snacks on board. On international flights, breast milk/formula can be heated/chilled if needed. Many airlines have amenity kits for moms and baby. Just ask! Cabin crew are not allowed to WALK with an infant in their arms while on board. It’s a legal thing, but holding for a few minutes is usually ok! International carriers have baby bassinets so try to get a seat at the bulkhead if you can. Hope this helps!

  5. Sarah

    Congrats, you’re the person on the flight everyone hates.

    1. Liz Miller

      so – should parents not take their children to visit family if they live cross country or overseas? it seems like hating traveling parents and small children is your problem, not theirs.

    2. Sarah D.

      Only entitled primadonnas think that they deserve child-free spaces. I’ve seen adults behave worse in flights than most children or babies would. If you want a child-free flight than you should pay for first class.

    3. Dre

      What is wrong with you? Such a troll. “Congrats, you’re the person everyone on the internet hates” Haven’t you heard – I’d you don’t have anything positive to share then keep your mouth shut! This article is for people who enjoy traveling with their children. If it doesn’t apply to you or you didn’t find it helpful then move along, simple as that. No need to spread your negativity and unhappiness around.

  6. Michelle

    Seriously, f%&^ this. After suffering through a baby that screamed from the US to an hour before landing in Germany I am seriously done with people that travel with kids. I took my child on the first flight at age 9, intentionally. Most kids travel okay, but when they don’t, you literally ruin the flight for like 30 people around you. It’s not cute to give people a baggie with treats saying I’m sorry, this is my first flight – it’s rude and selfish on your part.

    1. Liz Miller

      so michelle, in your infinite wisdom, how do you suggest that anyone with kids under 9 visit family overseas or cross country? and how could you possibly know whether your child will be one of the “most kids” or one of the “rude and selfish” ones?

    2. Jimmy

      Some parents have no choice. As part of our custody agreement, my daughter splits her time with her mother and I who lives clear across the country. Rather than calling people selfish, maybe you should offer an alternative solution to parents who share custody of a child who live thousands of miles apart. I think you’re selfish complaining about a crying child. Get over yourself. Its just a baby.

      1. Keryn Means

        So so true! Thank you for sharing yet another reason parents travel with kids.

    3. Ahry

      Even though this is months later, this seriously makes me mad. My husband is active duty military and for him to see our son, we have to fly to him since it’s hard enough for him to get leave during the holidays. So you’re saying that he can’t physically hold his child for months or even years? wow. F### you.

    4. April

      It’s called noise cancelling earphones….get yourself some!!!

    5. Dre

      Michelle – get a grip! So what if your flight was ruined? So what if you waited to deprive your child of flying adventures until they were 9? We’re all free to make our own choices – doesn’t mean we have to pass judgement on others if their choices differ from ours. Grow up!

    6. Wow, that’s actually insanely rude and ignorant of you. How can you speak like that, it’s a child. You were once a child also and by the sounds of it, you were probably a spoiled brat yourself.
      I have also witnessed 9 year olds have tantrums, but let me guess- your child is perfect.

    7. Jessica r

      Wow what a ignorant comment, as someone who lives overseas, I should never travel with my infant but rather wait until he is 8 or 9 so he can see his grandparents??? What a ridiculous thought. Even before I had babies, as a single traveller I religiously brought earplugs! Everyone has a right to travel including babies/ children.

  7. Katie

    I don’t understand why they let the most precious cargo fly without a carrier. Infants should not be in laps. They should be in seats, strapped in safely.
    Heaven forbid there were a crash, the strapped in child would have a higher chance to survive whereas the lap child would likely be flung and killed.

    1. Katie…
      I’m wondering what the survival rate is when a plane crashes? ? Honestly I don’t think a car seat would save our little babies if a plane crashes. If it did- we would all be in car seats while riding on a plane. ? They would make that a law too. There seems to be a law about everything these days ?
      I’m not meaning to be rude about it- just maybe thinking through it a little further to see if maybe your concern and claim would actually be correct or maybe a car seat wouldn’t really be that helpful in the end anyway- if there were a crash??

      1. Kaye

        Actually the main thing a car seat would save lives with is in hitting airpockets – this is why passengers are required to wear seatbelts while sitting. If the plane hits and air pocket, unrestrained passengers can hit the roof (literally) which can have serious, even fatal consequences. Being in a carseat would also help with things like an aborted take off (where there can be a sudden stop at high speeds) and a landing where, for example, the plane skids off the runway.

  8. Bettie Carlson

    Wow, seriously Michelle should not fly with other human beings! I have flown with twins since they were eleven months old with no issues. As long as adults realize these are infants, and I am doing realistically the best I can – supplying them with fluids to swallow during takeoff and landing to help with cabin pressure changes….traveling during their regular sleeping times so as not to disrupt their sleep patterns; a little empathy is appreciated.

    1. David

      I will be traveling with my 15 month old twins soon. They are both walking and talking(making noise mostly). Any tips a parent of twins can give would help. Thanks in advance.

  9. Bob

    At high altitudes the radiation level is elevated. With 26 flights you are pushing it up to the limit that’s considered safe for general public.

  10. SUNNY

    Please don’t sit next to me .
    Please don’t sit next to me .
    Please don’t sit next to me .

  11. Jade

    This whole thread makes me laugh. I understand everyone’s feelings on this. I dreaded flights with babies. I was once on a 17 hour flight to Australia with 8 babies and when one stopped crying another one started. When we landed a man next to us lost his temper and yelled at the parents in front of us. It struck me how pointless and nasty it was. We may have felt aggravated and sleep deprived but that’s flying! Imagine how the parents felt!? How ridiculous to suggest its selfish. Are parents not suppose to use public transport at all, in case it inconveniences you? If you can’t afford a private charter, either invest in some noise cancelling headphones or deal with it!

  12. Kathi Carter

    Traveling with our grandson who is 3 months. Parents are not prepared but this Grandma is! I have been reading and preparing for today. Thank you for your article! Wish us luck. At least I will have a change of clothes with an extra outfit for my grandson in my bag, lol.

    1. Tai Kojro-Badziak

      you got this! glad we can help!

  13. Nika

    Yes! Noise cancelling earphones – or plain earplugs – for everyone! Problem solved!

  14. Cheyann

    I really appreciated this article. Unfortunately some moms have no choice as mentioned before. I didn’t want to take my 2 1/2 month old baby with me on a plane, but you can’t plan for death in the family and when you live across the country a flight is the only viable option. Just be patient with us mommas.

  15. Alex

    Best tip put your infant in pjs pack a spare, they will keep them warm and if they get to hot you can unzip it to let them get cool air. Buy snacks at the airport makes getting through security faster. (Was held up in Denver for an hour waiting for our snacks to be “checked”). Ask when checking in if their are any rows with empty seat they usually will move you to that row. Book where extra leg room is for international flight, you can sit on the floor back to the wall while your baby sleeps in your seat. If you have a toddler skip bringing the stroller and just buy a cheap umbrella one at destination than leave it with the hotel staff when flying back home.. 20 bucks vrs one extra bulky item to juggle at airport. Tablets with downloaded shows and movies life savers! Suckers great for landing and take off. I find most people are willing to move to open seats or are very helpful when they see you have a little one. My child has flown to 11 countries 6 states all before age of 2. Also if flying around Europe they will give you an extra buckle to wrap around your child when on your laps, be prepared always seems the kids lose their minds when they get strapped in with them. I also found my child does better on day flights vrs over night you would think the opposite but some airlines leave lights on or to noisey. Oh one last tip I think actually this might be the best one… book your seats at the very last row of the plane… you can let your little ones walk around the back cabin where the crew sits so your not disrupting the rest of the plane also can stand back their when your child is crying. (Send the husband to stand back their, the crew is always so nice to me but seems to be rude to my wife whenever she would stand back their lol)

    1. Ellie

      Thanks a lot for your practical tips! Flying soon, I’m getting a bit nervous..

  16. Merisha

    I’m actually very upset with the comments on this regarding parents who travel are selfish and rude. I have traveled a couple times now with my baby, once for a family reunion and another for a funeral. I’ll be traveling again next month to see my dad whose health is failing, I do Not apologize for flying instead of driving, which would result in a very tired cranky baby with diaper rash from sitting for several hours in a stationary position and also cost Way more in gas and fees since our family has 1 car and my husband needs to get to work. You are the ones being selfish and rude not taking others situations into consideration.
    She slept through all but one flight and she was almost 18 months on the last one. I’ve learned it’s best to have the stroller just for the sake of carrying everything through the airport (I’m pregnant with number 2) and snacks and water are a must. She still nurses on take off and landing so no screaming but she actually enjoys the plane ride and is friendly with everyone around her. The flight crew always enjoys her and she makes the other passengers laugh and smile.
    I have a graco stroller and it’s lightweight enough that they let me gate check it which makes handling my daughter easier. She has a tablet that is for travel purposes only and it keeps her entertained and busy. I also have a backpack leash for her cause she runs off a lot, she’s very active and has been walking since 8 months. If you prepare yourself and your baby it’s nor a complete nightmare for everyone involved

    1. Tai Kojro-Badziak

      HOORAY! I’m so glad you’re raising a happy traveler 🙂 Start early and make if fun and you’ll never have troubles!

  17. Ankit

    My baby is 18 days old
    Can he is travel in flight

    1. Keryn Means

      I would talk to your doctor first. You want to make sure your baby has those first vaccines before they fly.

    2. Ang D

      No idea when this comment was left but I’ll reply in case anyone else is reading these.

      How old your baby must be to fly is dictated by the airline, yourself, and your doctor. Usually airlines are okay with as young as five days old, but you should always check before booking tickets. You should also check with your pediatrician to make sure there are no health reasons why baby can’t fly. There is no need to wait for vaccinations unless you want to. Don’t let strangers touch your baby (a cover over the stroller or wearing them will help with this), wash your hands frequently, and use sanitizing wipes to wipe down the seat arms, tray, anything you will touch on the plane. These preventative measures should lower the risk of infection sufficiently, or at least as much as it would be just going to the grocery store or taking your baby on public transit. Happy travels!

  18. Angie

    Thank you soooo much for all the great tips. The idea of flying with a baby fills me with anxiety, mainly because of the dumb ass narcissistic ppl that have no compassion. I traveled from Minnesota to Texas with my daughter at 6 months old and it turned out being awesome. We are doing the trip again at 10 months and I’m super excited but still very nervous. I’m trying to decide between using a carrier that clips on vs a sling. I feel like I can use both hands easier if I use the clip on carrier. Thanks again. Sending so much love to all the traveling families!!!

  19. Lia Fontanilla

    When you’re booking your seats, aim to get one with a bassinet connection.

  20. Icha

    I had 2 hours flight with my baby when she was 9 months and couldn’t walk yet. I am going to fly solo from Jakarta to Atlanta and it’s going to be 29 hrs flight. She’s going to be 17 months and even now she can’t stop moving, walk and run whenever she can. I am so nervous! Anyway, thanks for this article..

  21. Alex

    Thank you for all these wonderful tips on travelling with baby! How have you dealt with jet lag and your little one.

    I’m filled with anxiety, debating whether or not I should join my husband on his work trip to Singapore. It’s a 13hr time difference (major jetlag!), and there would be at least 24hr of travel time and 2-3 flights. This sounds like a horrific travel day with a 10 and 1/2 month old…

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