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Emirates Flying With Kids Information

All the Emirates flying with kids information in one place. Including:

  • Flying when pregnant
  • Flying with a newborn baby, and baby or toddler under two.
  • Flying with older children
  • Kids’ baggage allowance
  • Car seat policy
  • Other child restraint device policies
  • Pushchair/stroller policy
  • Bassinet policy
  • Sleep devices and child ride-ons/leg rests permitted
  • Baby and child meals
  • Amenities and Inflight entertainment for children.
  • Other family services provided
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Flying with kids on Emirates information

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EMIRATES FLYING WHEN PREGNANT

With Emirates, you can book your flight as usual up to your 29th week of pregnancy, as long as you haven’t had any complications or medical concerns.

If you’re travelling during or after your 29th week of pregnancy, you will need to bring a medical certificate or letter signed by your doctor or midwife. You may not be accepted on the flight if you travel without one. Keep it safe in a document holder with your other travel documents for ease at the airport. The letter needs to include:

  • Confirmation of a singleton or multiple pregnancy
  • That there are no complications during the pregnancy
  • The estimated date of delivery
  • The latest date your doctor expects you to be fit to travel
  • That you are in good health
  • That there is no known reason that would prevent you from flying

Emirates do not permit you to fly without permission after the 32nd week of a multiple pregnancy or the 36th week of a single pregnancy. If you need to travel, you must apply for medical clearance by submitting a medical information form (MEDIF). For more details see the Emirates policy here.

Other considerations for travel during pregnancy:

  • Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance cover in case of preterm labour abroad.
  • Some countries have entry restrictions for non‑national pregnant women. Check with the local consulate or embassy if you’re in any doubt. e.g Malaysia.
  • Leave the heavy lifting to someone else. Check out our helpful Emirates baggage services including baggage porters and Emirates baggage delivery.

EMIRATES NEWBORN POLICY

  • If you are flying with a newborn, your baby must be at least seven days old to fly unless it’s for emergency medical treatment. If that’s the case you will need to complete a medical information form (MEDIF). Infants less than seven days old will only be allowed on board in the case of travel for emergency medical reasons (in incubators) or if the mother is travelling on compassionate grounds.
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Kids often get to try on the iconic Emirates hat.

FLYING WITH BABY POLICY (INFANTS UNDER 2 YEARS OLD)

Tickets for infants travelling on the parent’s lap or in a bassinet are discounted from the full adult fare. When booking online, a request for a bassinet can be made in the Passenger Details section.

Infants less than seven days old will only be allowed on board in the case of travel for emergency medical reasons (in incubators) or if the mother is travelling on compassionate grounds.

If your infant is under two years old you can request for a bassinet or carry them on your lap secured by our special seat belt extension. Read more about airline approved restraint devices here.

For more flying with a newborn tips see here and flying with a baby tips see here.

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Lap infants and infants with their own seat.

You can carry an infant under two years old on your lap. Emirates give you a special seat belt extension (lap belt also known as a belly belt.) If you’re flying with a child over two years old, you’ll need to buy a child’s fare and they will have their own seat.

If you’re bringing your own child safety belt or seat (known as a child restraint device or CRD), it must have a label to show that it’s approved for use in an aircraft by:

  • any Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)
  • the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Transport Canada
  • The AMsafe CARES harness (also available in UK here) is the only approved harness and is suitable for babies over one year old. If your CARES is over the maximum weight and height recommended for FAA certification, OR if you are using CARES to connect to another airline, codeshare partner or US airline at an Emirates US gateway airport (including Athens International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport), you will need to request an exemption for onward travel to or from the US from the FAA prior to your flight. Being a foreign carrier, FAA certification is not applicable for use on Emirates flights. FAA regulations regarding child harness restraints do not directly apply to Emirates or their passengers. However, these limitations are covered in our GCAA approved internal risk assessment.

Travelling with more than one infant

You can carry an infant under two years old on your lap and use a special seat belt extension. You can also book a separate seat for your child but they must be seated in a car seat approved for use on board during take‑off and landing.   If you are travelling alone with two children under two years old, only one child can be carried on your lap and you’ll have to book a seat for the second infant. You’ll also need to have a car seat approved for use on board for the infant travelling in their own seat. 

Two infants may fly with two accompanying adults if suitable seating and oxygen masks are available.

Two infants with one accompanying adult may travel if the second infant is over 12 months and is able to sit in a seat with a seat belt, OR is over six months and restrained. The second infant will travel at the applicable child fare rather than the infant fare.

Three infants can travel with two adults if each adult watches over an infant during take‑off and landing and if either the third infant is over 12 months and is able to sit in a seat with a seat belt, or is over six months and is restrained. A child fare will apply to the third infant. More information is on Emirates here.


FLYING WITH CHILDREN AGED TWO AND OVER

For children over two years old, you’ll need to buy a child’s fare and they’ll have their own seat. Tickets for children travelling in a separate seat are also discounted from the full adult fare. For children two years old and older, you can bring your own car seat or have them seated beside an adult responsible for them.

Infants who become children while travelling

Any person 2 years or older must occupy a seat when travelling on Emirates. Therefore, any infant who reaches the age of 2 after the commencement of the journey must pay the applicable child fare and is required to occupy a seat for that part of the journey.

Where a passenger travels as an infant on the outward journey and as a child on the onward/ return journey, applicable infant fare will apply for the outward journey and child fare for the onward/return flights. This cannot be booked online and should be booked through your local Emirates office.

Where a passenger is an infant but is 2 years or older on travel date at point of origin, the applicable child fare will apply for entire journey.

If the above has not been done at the booking or ticketing stage, then check‑in staff will arrange this at the airport on departure.

If seats are not available at the ticketing or check‑in stage, the adult and child passengers will be booked together on alternate flights, subject to availability. Should travel plans change while en‑route and an infant turns 2 years old after travel has commenced the unused coupon(s) will be reissued at the applicable child fare for the rest of the trip and a seat will also be booked for all remaining flights.


FLYING WITH OLDER CHILDREN ON EMIRATES 

Children 2‑11 year – Tickets for children travelling in a separate seat are also discounted from the full adult fare. Children aged 12 and over pay adult fares.


KID’S BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON EMIRATES

EMIRATES INFANTS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Overview: Passengers travelling with children under two years of age have different baggage allowances based on your itinerary.

The Emirates baggage rules are not as generous as other airlines and can be somewhat confusing as they have two rules depending on a weight or piece concept which varies on your location and destination. e.g many other airlines allow car seat AND a stroller as hold baggage, Emirates only allow ONE.

If an infant has their own seat, they are classed under a ‘Child fare’, and their allowance is the same as an adults.


Hold Baggage allowance

Babies only have hold allowance or checked baggage of up to 10kg(22lb) on ALL routes EXCEPT to and from the Americas and Europe.

To compare with other airlines, whilst most others don’t provide ANY checked allowance for infants, they DO allow both a car seat and stroller to be checked in and sometimes a travel cot also.

What passengers can do in this circumstance to bring 2 baby items, is to check in a stroller OR carry cot OR car seat as their permissible checked baggage and then bring one of those other items as part of their 10kg checked in baggage allowance.

However, this won’t work if you are flying to and from the Americas and Africa as the checked baggage allowance for infants is then zero. (You are still allowed to check in one piece of baby equipment; a stroller OR carry cot OR car seat.


What are the hand baggage allowances for infants on Emirates?

One baby bag is allowed for diapers /nappies /baby food and milk etc and other baby essentials. The bag must not exceed 5 kg/11lb and dimensions permitted are 55 x 38 x 22cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches) no matter what route you are on.

We have sometimes got away with a little more, but Emirates normally do check and weigh baggage as you get to the boarding gate.

One fully collapsible stroller or carry‑cot is also allowed as a carry‑on item, as long as cabin space is available and you are not bringing a child car seat.

If no space is available in the cabin, the stroller/carry‑cot must be transported as checked baggage in the hold. It is not clear, if this happens whether you would be charged last minute if flying from Americas or Africa. From my experience as cabin crew, I would say highly unlikely.

Importantly, remember if your stroller is in the hold, on Emirates it is NOT brought back to the airplane door. My BEST advice is do bring a compact travel stroller that can fit in the cabin due to long walks to connections or baggage reclaim.


CHILDREN AGED 2 and ABOVE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Children aged 2 and over, have the same baggage allowance as adults. Be aware that if you bring a stroller or car seat for a child aged two or over, Emirates now count this as part of the child’s checked baggage allowance.

Therefore, do pack any of your child’s clothes and belongings into your suitcase so you can still take one of these items for free.


EMIRATES CAR SEAT POLICY

Using baby car seats on the plane

You can use an infant car seat on the flight, however, you’ll need to book a separate seat and pay a child’s fare. Read the rules carefully as your car seat may not be suitable if it is rear facing and your child is over a certain age or weight.

Can I use a car seat on Emirates?

You can bring your own car seat for use by infants/children if they are in their own seats, providing it meets the following conditions and your child is aged between 6‑36 months only.

Another unique circumstance to be aware of on Emirates, is if you are using a rear facing car seat it is restricted for infants aged between 7 days and 6 months old AND it must be installed at a bulkhead position. If a bulk head seat is not available, then it must be installed in a forward facing direction.

Infants weighing under 10 kg can travel in either a forward facing OR rear facing car seat, however if your infant weighs more than 10 kg, their car seat must be forward facing.

This may mean you cannot use your rear-facing car seat onboard Emirates if your child is over their age/weight limit, as a lot of car seats (if not all for this age) are now made to be used rear facing until baby has reached at least 15 months old. Although some car seats (but not many) do permit forward facing slightly earlier, it’s not recommended.

All group 0 car seats are to 13kg and Group 0+/1 car seats will last your baby from birth to around four years old. Your baby will initially travel in the seat rearward facing and you can change the seat to face forwards.  Some seats allow this from 9kg (approximately nine months) but we do not recommend you turn your baby forward-facing too soon. 

  • Seats accepted by United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations (FMVSS) No. 213. They must be manufactured to those standards on or after 26 February 1985. Your seat must show these labels in red lettering:
  • This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.
  • This child restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Seats approved to Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) No. 213, ‘Child Restraint Systems’, or CMVSS No. 213.1, ‘Infant seating and restraint systems’.
  • Seats that meet the ECE R44 European safety standards. These seats must bear the orange label marked ECE R44‑03 or later amendments.
  • Seats approved for use in aircraft according to the German regulation ‘Qualification Procedure for Child Restraint Systems for Use in Aircraft'(TÜV Doc.TÜV/958‑01/2001).
  • Seats that meet the AS/NZS 1754 Australian/New Zealand standards.

If your car seat doesn’t meet one of these safety standards, you can check it in to the hold with your other baggage.


Fitting your baby car seat on board

Emirates cabin crew will help you to fit your car seat and adjust armrests -according to the instructions on the label. It must face the appropriate direction, and it must be secured using the lap seat belt. Car seats that need to be secured by a three‑point seat belt or shoulder harness cannot be used.


Using a baby car seat on board

If you are taking an infant car seat on board your flight, you must take full responsibility for fitting the device to the aircraft chair in accordance with the manufacturer instructions and aircraft policy: Emirates state:

  • A forward facing car seat, must be installed in a forward‑facing direction.
    • (SEE ABOVE UNDER IMPORTANT) A rear facing car seat is restricted to infants whose age is falling between 7 days and 6 months old:
    • If rear facing, it must be installed in a bulk head seat.
    • If a bulk head seat is not available, then it must be installed in a forward facing direction.

The seat belt must be easily accessible, though it must not be used to attach the infant into the car seat.

The aircraft seat back must be left in an upright position, in addition, the car seat table attachments (if any) shall be removed during take‑off and landing.

Cabin crew can assist by raising the armrests, so that you can secure the aircraft seat belt to the car seat. They will also brief you on any safety requirements, and have the right to prohibit the use of car seats which do not meet policy standards.

Unfortunately Emirates can’t accept car seats that need to be secured by a three‑point seat belt or shoulder harness.


Car Seat for 2 years old or older

You can bring your own car seat for them to use up until they reach 36 months old.

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CARES harness (front) Photo courtesy of Tim Kelley

Other Child Restraint Device Policies

In addition to Child Aviation Restraint Systems (CARES), the following restraint harnesses/devices are accepted on board Emirates flights:

  • Special CARES harness (available in UK here)
  • Crelling/Houdini Model 27
  • Meru TravelChair
  • Leckey Firefly GoTo Seat  

Emirates do not provide these devices. You must contact your nearest Emirates Contact Centre at least 48 hours before travel as these devices can only be used on approved seat locations and in certain cabins.

If you require any additional support or assistance for your travel, you will need to complete the Medical Information form (MEDIF)

CARES /SPECIAL CARES Limitations:

  • A responsible adult must be seated next to the passenger using the restraint harness/device.
  • The adult is responsible for fitting the restraint harness/device and for ensuring that the occupant is seated and secured correctly in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The passenger’s seat lap belt must be fastened securely while the restraint harness/device is also in use.
  • Emirates will only accept restraint harnesses/devices at the airport if all conditions have been met and we confirm that it is one of the accepted harnesses/devices from the above list.
  • When other airlines or code share airlines are involved in an itinerary, the regulations of the carrying airline are applicable. Please check with the carrier about their policies regarding restraint harnesses/devices before your flight.
  • If your CARES is over the maximum weight and height recommended for FAA certification, or if you are using CARES to connect to another airline, codeshare partner or US airline at an Emirates US gateway airport (including Athens International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport), you will need to request an exemption for onward travel to or from the US from the FAA prior to your flight.
  • Being a foreign carrier, FAA certification is not applicable for use on Emirates flights. FAA regulations regarding child harness restraints do not directly apply to Emirates or our passengers. However, these limitations are covered in our GCAA approved internal risk assessment.
  • CARES can be used on Emirates business and first class.

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Flying with twins (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

EMIRATES PUSHCHAIR/STROLLER POLICY

Emirates have separate check‑in desks for families and baby strollers at Dubai International airport in Terminal 3.

Passengers travelling with infants in any class are permitted one (1) fully collapsible stroller or carry‑cot as a carry‑on item, as long as cabin space is available and you are not bringing a child seat. If no space is available in the cabin, the stroller/carry‑cot must be transported as checked baggage in the hold.

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Not sleeping in the bassinet! (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

EMIRATES BASSINET POLICY

Whilst Emirates bassinets are designed for babies up to two years old weighing up to 11 kg (24.2 lb), they will not allow you to use it unless your baby can fit safely inside.

The cabin crew normally check to see if they can lie down comfortably, with the head facing towards the aisle. The baby bassinets in First class are 63.5 cm long and 28 cm wide (25 in x 11 in), while they are 74.93 long x 33.03 cm wide x 16.51 cm deep (29.5 in x 13 in x 5 in) in Business Class and Economy Class.

Please note that bassinets are limited in number and subject to availability. Remember that you can’t request a bassinet if you have booked a normal seat on child’s fare rates. For more details on the Emirates Bassinet see here,

Does Emirates supply a bassinet/carrycot?

Yes, if your infant is under two years old you can request a bassinet or carry them on your lap secured by our special seat belt extension.

Emirates economy seats at the bassinet or bulkhead position on an airplane
Emirates economy seats at the bassinet or bulkhead position on an airplane. Not all the armrests come up, only the one shown for the centre seats. None do for the row of 3 by the window. (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

When can I choose my seat on Emirates?

You can request a seat with a bassinet for babies up to two years old when you book online or add one later through Manage a Booking. Note that bassinets are limited in number and subject to availability and you can’t request a bassinet if you have booked a normal seat on a child’s fare rates.

What is the size/weight limit for Emirates bassinets/carrycots?

Emirates’ bassinets are designed for babies up to two years old weighing up to 11 kg (24.2 lb). In First Class, the baby bassinets are 63.5 cm long and 28 cm wide (25 in x 11 in), while they are 74.93 long x 33.03 cm wide x 16.51 cm deep (29.5 in x 13 in x 5 in) in Business Class and Economy Class. See other airline bassinet measurements and requirements here.

What does the Emirates bassinet/carrycot look like?

Emirates Bassinet Seat on the B777
Emirates Bassinet Seat (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

SLEEP DEVICES AND CHILD RIDE ON/LEG RESTS PERMITTED

Using children’s ride‑on suitcases and/or leg rests are NOT permitted on Emirates to use in the cabin but can be stowed in overhead lockers.

Nor are any form of seat‑extension device allowed to be used on board. The crew are regularly reminded to check and advise passengers of this. It’s really not worth trying to bring your planepal or Bedbox or Flyway or any similar device on board! However, if you haven’t booked yet, then Etihad DO allow some!

You can take these items with you on board only if they are stored in the overhead lockers as regular carry‑on baggage allowance, and are not used during the flight.

CoziGo

The only comfort device/sleeper permitted to be used on board an Emirates flight is the CoziGo (Fly Babee). I often suggest it as a gift for new parents too as it doubles up as a UV stroller cover.

CoziGo (affiliate link) retails at AUS $99.95 and can be shipped worldwide and shipping is FREE to UK, Australia USA, Canada from their site.

The CoziGo may be attached to one of the baby bassinets for the duration of the flight in economy class only.

You will need to reserve a baby bassinet prior to your flight. Please note, CoziGo is not provided by Emirates.

To clarify the following sleep and comfort items, and any similar device, are not permitted to use on board:

  • Cocoonababy
  • Flyebaby
  • SkyBaby
  • TravelSnug
  • MonkeyGo
  • BedBox
  • Kooshy Kids
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Emirates kid friendly amenities (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

BABY AND CHILD MEALS ON EMIRATES

Does Emirates provide baby food?

Yes, they do. You need to request at least 24 hours in advance of your departure. Baby food is pureed jars or pouches and you can not choose the flavour. Ella’s kitchen is often carried. Milk formula and bottles on board are available on request but in very limited amounts, so always bring your own.

Can I sterilise my bottles on Emirates?

Emirates cabin crew will help you with food and bottle warming. if you’d prefer to bring your own food, the cabin crew will help you with food and bottle warming.

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Emirates child meal (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Does Emirates provide child meals?

Children aged between two and 12 can enjoy Emirates special kids’ meals. You can choose a meal from their selection to suit your child’s specific diet requirements. With meals being provided, it is still a good idea to sock up on their favorite snacks. When I travel with my toddler the diaper bag will be loaded with plenty of snacks and diapers.

Mention this during your booking or add it at least 24 hours before your flight through Manage a Booking.

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Emirates provide lots of shows and games for all ages. (Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

EMIRATES IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN

As part of amenities on Emirates children can watch their favourites from CBeebies, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, or discover new ones in 50 Disney classics along with the latest family films for best experience on their flight. Older children can list to music through headphones

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(Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Toys

Kids are given a backpack and toy depending on their age and an activity pack with colouring pencils too. For younger kids, currently a toy cabin crew and pilot is also given out. For babies, a baby toy with a link to attach to a stroller and a baby amenities kit containing a bib, spoon, plastic disposable back, wipes, nappy cream etc is provided.


OTHER FAMILY SERVICES PROVIDED

Emirates strives to enhance the in-flight experience for moms and therefore Breastfeeding on board – is of course permitted, and crew will give you a blanket if you prefer more privacy.

(Image: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Changing baby on board – You’ll find changing tables in the bathrooms

My Family account – Every time you fly with Emirates, flydubai and their airline partners or spend with Emirates bank, hotel, car rental, retail and lifestyle partners, you can automatically pool the Miles you earn into a My Family account.  Choose to pool in all or just a percentage of your Miles and any Miles you don’t contribute will stay in your own account. 

Family Check-in desks – are available at Dubai Terminal 3

Priority boardingFamilies with young children are allowed to board first, but unless it is feeding time or nap time, I prefer to have my husband board earlier with all the baby gear and then bring the kids on after so they are not all wriggly waiting for everyone else to board the plane.

Emirates will always aim to seat families with children together. If children travelling with adults wish to select seats before online check‑in opens, they are entitled to a 50% discount on regular and preferred seats.

Twin seats are not subject to a child discount and Extra Legroom seats can’t be selected due to safety regulations.

INDIVIDUAL AIRLINE INFORMATION FOR FLYING WITH KIDS

Find out all the information about flying with kids on your airline. From car seats to strollers allowed in the airplane cabin, to lap infants to bassinets, luggage allowance, facilities on board and much much more.

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