Flying With Kids #takeyourkidseverywhere

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Flying with kids is something new parents get stressed about, probably because not that long ago they were the young, single, or newlywed couple on the plane wishing kids weren’t even allowed on board. Once you get over the fact that you will be judged, no matter what, just relax and try to make it as easy as possible – on the child, as well as on the rest of the cabin.  Traveling with your kids is worth it.

My daughter is 9 and has been on 54 flights.  To be honest, she’s been a dream to travel with, and I probably can’t take much credit.  When she was a baby I kept her quiet and happy by breastfeeding her, and as she got older she was just into flying.  Chill and excited at the same time.  We always talked about behavior expectations before each flight, and I looked for connections with at least a couple of hours layover so she could run around and get the wiggles out before boarding.  Teach your toddler burpees – I’m not joking.

flying with kids and booster seats

Here’s another terrific article on Traveling with Babies and Toddlers.

Once she was buckled in, she never tried to unbuckle and climb around.  She never had any issues with her ears, and even now we check in during takeoff and wiggle our jaws to start a yawn which opens our Eustachian tubes.  We do it every time we start to feel the pressure adjust. When she was little, I always brought activities and snacks to keep her occupied.  Now it’s even easier, she packs a few chapter books and downloads some of her favorite Netflix shows.

Become a Trusted Traveler

One of the best things I did to simplify travel was apply for our Trusted Traveler Status.  With Nexus cards we go into the TSA Precheck line at over 180 participating U.S. airports. With TSA Precheck, you don’t have to remove your shoes, belts and light outerwear, you can leave your laptop and clear zip-top bags of liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage.

Make sure you always enter your trusted traveler number when making your reservation, otherwise TSA Precheck won’t show up on your boarding card.

HELPFUL LINKS FOR FLYING WITH KIDS

Here are some links to the TSA and major airline sites that will answer most of your questions about flying with kids.

TSA - Traveling with Children

This page goes over Children with Medical Conditions, Disabilities, or Mobility Aids, traveling with Formula, Breast Milk, and Juice, Screening of Children’s Items, Screening Technology, and Screening your Child.

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Air Canada - Traveling with Children

Helpful information about family seating, early boarding, family check-in, strollers, child-restraints, and more.

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Air France - Families and Children

Air France is committed to the comfort of you and your child during your trip.

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Air Transat - Families and Children

Air Transat offers a wide array of services and information for families and children.

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Allegiant Air - Traveling with Children

Everything you need to know about flying on Allegiant with kids.

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American Airlines - Traveling with children and infants

Details on traveling while pregnant or with children or infants on American Airlines.

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Family Travel with British Airways

Family travel on British Airways means looking after strollers, providing child seats and advance boarding.

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Delta Airlines - Children & Infant Travel

Know the details about traveling with an infant, flying with children internationally or unaccompanied minor travel on Delta Airlines.

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Frontier Airlines - Family & Pets

Frontier is committed to making your travel experience stress-free and fun.

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jetBlue Traveling Together

Jetblue works hard to make family travel enjoyable and memorable from the get-go.

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Lufthansa - Flying with the family

Lufthansa is a family-friendly airline and makes flying with children even more enjoyable from booking to landing.

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Qantas Information for Parents

Information about baggage allowances, departures taxes, health requirements, strollers and more when traveling with children.

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Southwest Airlines - family travel

Information from Southwest Airlines on travel with infants and children.

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United Airlines - Traveling with children

United knows traveling with little ones can bring up some unexpected challenges. Here's more info about traveling with infants or children.

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WestJet - Children, infants and expectant mothers - Travel info

Details to consider when booking as a family, such as how to book for guardians or unaccompanied minors, and baggage allowance.

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Flying With Kids - What the airlines want you to know

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