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Get ready for your best flights possible with these online tips and important considerations. There's a lot of information here! I've broken it into the following categories to help you as you plan:
Jump to these tips for flying with your baby, toddler, and preschooler:
Before You Go - Airline-specific advice, airplane bassinets and safety seats, packing checked and carry-on baggage
At the Airport - Checking in for your flight and clearing security with extra liquids, jogging strollers, child carriers
On the Airplane - Installing car seats, relieving ears, changing diapers, keeping tots entertained
Airplane Bassinets and Car Seats
Airplane bassinets - Watch out for age, height and/or weight limits - airline examples
Using an airplane bassinet or skycot for baby - Beware the bulkhead bassinet - It may not be as helpful as you think
Britax toddler seats on airplanes - One very good reason to fly British Airways with your lap-held toddler or older baby
Flying with FAA-approved car seats - Be prepared for the car seat police when bringing your child's safety seat onboard
Flying with Car Seats - Seven Easy Ways to Get Your Car Seat to the Gate
Airlines - Important Details & Advice for Specific Airlines
American Airlines (AAdvantage miles) - Best way to fly to Paris using American Airlines miles?
China Airlines - Need to Know: Flying China Airlines with a Baby or Toddler
Southwest Airlines - What ever happened to family preboarding?
Virgin Atlantic - Need to Know: Flying Virgin Atlantic with a baby or toddler
Baggage and Packing
Identification for flying infants - (Why) do babies need ID for domestic flights? Don't let the answer surprise you.
Liquids for baby & toddler in flight - How to prepare your baby or toddler's excess liquids for carry-on (milk, formula, medicines, baby food)
Packing for your flight - Cost-saving tips for families packing checked baggage
Changing diapers on airplanes - Simplify diaper changes on airplanes with a handy "diaper purse"
Baggage fees and babies - Navigating airline fees as applied to your family
Carry-on Travel Kit - Remember to 3-1-1 your child's Travel Kit for carry-on
Bringing boxed milk - How and why to bring boxed (shelf-stable) milk on board for your toddler
Flying with an infant or baby on lap - Tips to help keep your lap child safer in flight
Flying with an infant - Ten reasons flying with an infant may be easier than you think.
Flying with twins - Important seating information for parents flying with twins on laps
Flying with twins - Flying with twins on separate rows (and why you might want to)
Flying overseas with baby - Tips for flying a long-haul or overseas flight with your baby
Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide... Chapter 14 - Before You Book Your Flight, Chapter 15 - Countdown to Takeoff. Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips... Pre-flight Checklist, Airport Security Ready List, Preparing Liquids for Carry-on.
Checking in for your flight and clearing security
Flying with car seats - Checking car seats vs. checking car seats at the gate
Jogging strollers at security - Five ways to get your toddler to your (American Airlines) flight without the giant / jogging stroller
Flying with liquids for baby - Tips for clearing airport security with baby bottles and baby food
Flying with breast milk - Traveling with breast milk and airport security (Shelly's tips for BabyCenter.com)
Wearing babies through the airport - Tips for clearing airport security with child carriers, baby slings and wraps
Baby booties and toddler shoes at airport security - Kids, don't touch those shoes
Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide... Chapter 15 - Countdown to Takeoff, Chapter 16 - At the Airport and On the Plane, Chapter 17 - Special Situations, and
Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips... Pre-flight Checklist, Airport Security Ready List, Preparing Liquids for Carry-on, What to Double-check at Check-In, Installing Car Seats on Airplanes, Soothing Fussy Babies in Flight, Managing Toddlers on Aircraft...
Installing car seats on airplanes - What can you do if your child's car seat doesn't fit in the airplane seat?
Relieving infant's ears on airplanes - The surprisingly easy way to relieve an infant's ears in flight (even when they don't want to nurse or take a bottle)
Flying with toddlers - Three ways to keep your toddler from kicking the airplane seat in front of you
Diaper changes on airplanes - Simplify diaper changes on the airplane with a handy "diaper purse"
Entertaining kids on the airplane - Five screen-free favorites to keep kids entertained during long flights
Keeping kids hydrated in flight - Just say no to juice in flight, and say yes to a fruit tea "cocktail"
Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide... Chapter 15 - Planning Your In-Flight Entertainment, Preparing Toddlers and Preschoolers for the Flight, Chapter 16 - Clearing Security with Small Children and a Small Mountain of Gear, The Great Pre-Boarding Debate, Chapter 17 - Flying Solo with Baby.
Take-Along Travels with Baby: Hundreds of Tips... Breastfeeding on Airplanes, Ear Pressure/Pain and Relief, Soothing Fussy Babies in Flight, Managing Toddlers on Aircraft..., Entertainment to Go