Mom gives advice for flying with infants

One of the trickiest things to do is to fly with an infant. Between the stroller, car seat, diaper bags, carriage, luggage, diapers, bottles, and everything else that’s a must have, it can seem overwhelming. Actually, it is overwhelming! There a couple of different seating options when you are flying with an infant. Each airline will have specific requirements though so make sure to check those out before you fly.

When you are preparing to go through security, the stroller needs to be broken down and on the table to go through the scanner. The infant must be carried by yourself with all luggage ready to go on the rollers. This was the hardest part for me when flying, as I felt like I didn’t have enough hands to do all of this by myself. Don’t be overwhelmed and just take your time. 

Most airlines will let you take the stroller and car seat all the way to the plane. They would then be gate checked and be available as soon as the plane lands. I would suggest to get a sling or wrap to hold the baby on the plane and in the airport. If you are not paying for an additional seat for your infant, a sling will give greater stability and safeness while on the plane. If there are extra seat available on the flight when you are boarding, ask the flight attendant if the baby and the car seat could occupy that seat. Most will allow this and it is the safest way to fly with a baby. To use the car seat though it has to be rated for use on an airplane, so check with the standards of the car seat before you bring it on the plane.

Flying with twins is a complete different experience. Most airlines will say that they allow one kid free, under 3, per parent, on the plane. If there are additional children, a seat must be bought for them. Once again, check with each particular airline about this though, as each is so different.

Traveling with young might be overwhelming, but don’t let it get to you. Just know that you are not alone and there is help out there for you, just ask. Good luck on all your flights with the little ones!


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