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11 must-know tips for flying with children

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Useful tips for preparing for your flight with a baby and coping in the air

Planning to go abroad with your little one? Have no fear! We list our top 11 must-know tips for taking to the air with your small baby.

11 tips you need to keep in mind:

  • Check if your airport has a dedicated crèche. Some are equipped with toys, books and rest rooms.
  • Ask if you can take your buggy to the flight’s gate so your little one will have somewhere familiar to nap if your flight is delayed.
  • Pack plenty of wet wipes in your handbag.
  • Breastfeed your baby, or have a drink ready for an older child when the flight is taking off and landing and the sucking motion will help equalise the pressure in the ears (often an uncomfortable cause of babies crying on flights).
  • Under-twos usually travel free as long as they sit on a parent’s lap for the entire flight. If your budget will stretch to it maybe pay the extra fare so you have an extra seat.
  • A seat near the bulkhead (where there is a division or toilet in front) may have a bit of extra room, so your little one could play on the floor.
  • Take plenty of baby food and mini snacks with you (if you're not breastfeeding).
  • Try to time your child’s day so they will have a nap on the flight. Some airlines provide pillows and blankets.
  • Dress children in layers as they can get too warm on a flight – or too cold if the air conditioning is on full blast.
  • Take non-battery toys and games with you like good old fashioned colouring books.
  • Try to keep calm and enjoy yourself... it is your well-earned holiday too!
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