Flying with a toddler can be a stressful situation but it certainly doesn’t have to be! Below are my top tips and suggestions for making your next flight with your little one smooth, easy & fun!
Booking your flights
As soon as you know the date of travel make sure to book your flight! The further out you book it the more selection you will have in terms of flight times and seats. You want to make sure you pick a flight time that will work with your little one’s schedule and will get you into your destination at a time that will keep your toddler happy. I find that morning or early afternoon flights work best. Also, it’s worth the extra money to pre-book your seats. If you don’t, you risk being split up (one adult will be guaranteed to be with your little one but the other could end up anywhere on the plane) so make sure you book your seats as soon as you can. If your flight is over 4 hours you might want to look into bulkhead seating, the extra space is well worth the price!
Arriving at the Airport
If you are crossing borders make sure to give yourself lots of extra time. We generally arrive at the airport 3 hours before our flight (I’d much rather have to spend an extra 30 minutes waiting at our gate than be rushed and stressed out) so that we can get our luggage checked in, get through security, customs if necessary, and have time to have something to eat before we need to board our flight. Also, make sure you bring some snacks for your kiddo with you. You may get stuck in a long line & having some yummy snacks with certainly help!
!! Important reminder!! Gate check your stroller! Even if your toddler barely uses it you will appreciate it at the other end.
In the Air!
Every toddler is different, some love flying, some hate it. The best advice I can give is don’t let your temper get the best of you. If your toddler is upset, do what you can to comfort them. Whether that be putting on their fav movie or giving them a new toy to play with. The more you can do to make flying a pleasant experience the better your next flight will be and your next flight after that. And remember, you don’t have the first (or last!) screaming toddler to ever board a plane. Most people understand that some kids need a bit of time to settle and if they don’t well, there isn’t much you can do about it.
Arrival at your destination!
First, get your stroller that you gate checked, this will make the rest of your arrival 100 times easier. Now you can put your toddler in the stroller and also use it to store your carry-on luggage as you search for baggage claim.
While at baggage claim, let your toddler chill in the stroller so you have your hands free to grab the luggage and don’t have to worry about them. Once you have your luggage, you are good to go! Hope you have an amazing vacation!!