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50 Flying With A Baby Tips: EVERYTHING you need to know, from Booking to Arrival

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My eldest on her first flight at 11 weeks old – the beginning of our learning about
travel with baby tips! (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)
  • As an ex flight attendant and a parent of two married to an Australian, I have flown thousands of miles long haul and short haul with babies on numerous different airlines (and helped other many other parents with my old airline when working.)
  • This family travel guide is full of flying with a baby tips. You will find over 50 useful and helpful tips – including practical, real life experiences from what we have learnt first-hand AND airline industry insider tips too.
  • There is no secret answer to guarantee a perfect flight with a baby, but we’ve always found the trip to be worth it.
  • If you are travelling with a baby soon and wondering what are the best flying with a baby tips you have come to the right place! Perhaps you are worried about other passenger looks when your baby cries, or how to get them to sleep onboard in an unfamiIiar environment or just generally how to travel with an infant? My personal experience of flying with my own babies and background as cabin crew, will hopefully answer ALL your how to fly with baby questions!

Firstly, you are not alone with your worries. I had exactly the same concerns about traveling with an infant, before I first flew with my two tots; despite having helped hundreds of other parents as a flight attendant.

This article covers all aspects of international travel with information about many major airlines as well as policies that only apply to some countries eg USA and domestic flights.

This includes the answers to:

  • Age Restrictions and Regulations
  • Whether to expect an additional ticket fee
  • Planning for a Smooth Travel Experience
  • Packing Essentials for Baby including entertainment ideas
  • Navigating Airport Security with a Baby
  • Managing Baby’s Sleep and Feeding/Sterilizing a bottle
  • Ensuring Comfort During the Flight
  • Dealing with Ear Pressure and Changes in Altitude
  • Entertaining and Soothing baby during the Flight
  • Tips for Staying Calm and Relaxed
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My youngest baby on her first flight – she also helped us with
tips for traveling with baby! (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)


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This section includes tips on Rules for Flying With a Baby, Lap Belt & Car Seats, Airline Bassinets and Baggage Allowance for Babies.

Know the Rules for Flying with an Infant

  • Decide whether you will be flying with a lap baby (where they sit on your lap usually for free on some occasions – e.g. if a USA domestic flight, or 10% of an adult fare for most long haul airlines) OR if you are going to purchase a seat and use a car seat or CARES harness (available in UK here) to fly with baby or child.
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Infant lap belt
  • If you are flying and want your baby in their own seat, you will need to purchase a child plane ticket and bring your own an FAA approved car seat, (or equivalent authorities approval )- this post on FAA approved car seats on airplanes will help with all your questions about this!
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Flying With A Baby seating options (Image Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)
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infant lap belt (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Seating Options

You have the option of your baby flying as a Lap Baby Or With a Car Seat or an other restraint device

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CARES harness (front) Photo courtesy of Tim Kelley AmSafe CARES
  • Planning some luxury on long flights with baby? Often a car seat or child restraint device such as the CARES harness won’t fit on the new business and first class style seats. Do check on your airlines website first for any requirements that need to be met. An AMsafe CARES harness can only be used for children meeting the weight requirements of between 22 and 44 pounds. (This is usually around 1-4 years old) and is the ONLY approved harness allowed on flights.
  • If you are flying with two babies under two years old, and are not flying with another adult, you will need to have at least one baby in a car seat as you cannot have two babies on your lap. If you are flying on a USA airline, this post on FAA approved car seats will be very useful!
  • If you have two kids under two and are with another adult, on smaller planes you may not be able to sit on the same row due to the number of oxygen masks provided.
  • Airplane travel with baby usually involved traveling with a bit of gear. If you are flying with car seats and strollers and not using your car seat as a restraint device, these can be gate checked for free. Most airlines allow you to take both the car seat and stroller but this can vary to just one piece. Check first! If you are checking a car seat, it’s a good idea to get a padded protective bag for it. You can read more recommendations for padded protective bags here.
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Qantas airplane bassinet with my 12 month old inside (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Airline Bassinets

  • Flying long haul with baby? Sleep will be on your mind! If you are flying with a lap baby and if an airplane bassinet is important to you because you are flying a long way, do look at which airlines provide a bassinet which is suitable for your child’s age. These are not infant seats on planes, but more like an infant bed. (NB. It is highly unlikely you will be given a bassinet position if you have purchased a seat and use your own car seat)
  • Age and weight requirements vary from airline to airline and often plane to plane. Most bassinets are suitable for up to 8 months, and British Airways bassinets are suitable for up to 2 years old – if your baby meets the weight requirements. When we have been flying long haul with a baby to Australia at various stages from 8 months to 13 months – an airline which had a bassinet was a huge influence on which airline I booked. More sleep baby has, the more you will! It is definitely one of the top travel tips for flying with a baby! 
  • When you are traveling with an infant or toddler, see if the bassinet is available before you book.  Very few airlines will let you see bassinet seat availability during the booking process – so more often or not, you will not find out until you get to choose your seats – after you have paid. Travel with a baby is much more relaxing if you know what resources are available to you.
  • If this is the case,  call your airline and ask them what the bassinet seat availability is like for a certain flight on a particular day. If the system shows it is free, then there is a good chance it still will be when you go online to book the flight when flying with infants. However, with USA and Canadian airlines this does not apply: in this case, it is first come, first served at the gate – so check in early to maximise your chances on long haul flights with baby.
  • When travelling with baby on planes – know your seat choice options! Several airlines allow you to choose your seat immediately if you are flying with an infant – some for free! e.g British Airways and Thai Airways. If you want to double-check for a particular seat, look at and put in your flight number where you can check the plane layout. if you don’t know your flight number, don’t worry, you can enter the route and the airline.
  • When traveling with babies, even if you have pre-requested a bassinet seat for plane travel with baby, ring up and double-check the request is there. For American and Canadian airlines it is often the case that the first one at the gate grabs the bassinet. For other airlines, it’s the age of the baby that will have priority, usually the youngest. Finally, a few airlines just base it on who requested it first. 
  • Flying on a long haul flight with baby? On a long haul flight, the bassinet should be set up for you after take-off, once the seatbelt sign is off. Most airlines will ask you to remove your baby if it is turbulent.
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CoziGo bassinet cover works a treat to help babies sleep!(Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)
  • If you have a bassinet, I can’t recommend the CoziGo airline bassinet cover highly enough- which shuts out the cabin light and noise distractions, so baby can sleep even during the day time. It doubles up as a UV breathable stroller cover too – perfect for hot sunny climates. This bit of baby gear is my go to for baby shower gifts and is perfect when flying with infants and it fits easily into your carry-on. Read more about it here.

Do all airlines allow the CoziGo Bassinet Cover?

Any travel with baby tips which actually help with sleep were my favorite. CoziGo is one of those. It’s an aiplane bassinet cover which doubles up as UV stroller cover too, so useful in several ways. It is one of my favourite parenting gadgets and one I often buy as baby shower gift for families!

On planes, it shields kids from cabin lights and distractions, allowing baby to relax and hopefully sleep! See why I like it so much? It’s one of my all time tips for traveling with baby on plane if using a bassinet.

Most airlines do allow the CoziGo, but check with your airline first. They usually state on their website in the travelling with children section or comfort device section if they have policy.

If you are flying with Virgin Atlantic, it may be worth using the term “Bassinet Cover” as some airline policies, do not mention specific brands, whereas others take the stance if the particular brand is not approved, it won’t be allowed.

Virgin Atlantic DO approve the CoziGo bassinet cover canopy, but do not mention its brand name on the website. Their safety team however call it a ‘bassinet cover’, so crew may be more familiar with that term. See more details here

If you are pretty sure your comfort device is permitted then my top tips are:

  1. Be patient and polite – as crew are not always used to seeing these type of products.

2. Politely ask them if they can check their crew manual when they have a moment (they always have it packed).

3. Advise them that it may come under comfort device, bassinet cover, bassinet canopy rather than the actual brand name of CoziGo.

4. It also worth taking a screenshot of the airlines website, in case the crew are not familiar with the comfort device and think it is restricted. Here are some examples of airlines which approve the CoziGo on their website:

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Find out more information about CoziGo on British Airways customer support information.
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Emirates only allow CoziGo and specify it by name. More details here about their safety and support requirements and services.
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(Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Baggage allowance for infants

  • You may find this post on the rules for flying with a baby useful too, especially if you are flying with babies or several children under two.

Good to Know:

This section covers useful information and tips on Infant Air Fare Costs, ID & Age Baby Can Fly

Is there an infant air fare cost? Do babies fly free internationally?

Do Babies Fly for Free?

  • It depends: Babies do not fly for free internationally on any airline regardless if they are lap infant or not. Be prepared for most flights with under 2’s to cost 10% of an adult fare + applicable taxes. If you are travelling with infants, research what airlines offer.
  • Some countries like the USA offer free flights for infants if it is an internal flight and they are seated on your lap as a ‘lap infant’. 
  • Travelling with baby on a plane gives you the option to purchase a seat for them if you do not want have them travel as a lap infant. If you purchase a seat for your baby, fares are usually around 60-75% of an adult fare. Sometimes going directly to the airline offers you a better deal but it is worth trying Skyscanner too.
  • Another popular question I get asked is, “does a 2 year old need a plane ticket?” Yes they do, all two year olds need a plane ticket and their own airplane seat for the flight.

Travel Documents

  • A frequent family travel question I am also asked is  ‘what do you need for flying with a baby?  If you have a baby flying with you, check what travel documentation or proof of ID is needed – even if travelling with an infant domestically. This information can also be found on your airlines website. If you are planning on flying with a newborn baby, apply for their passport as soon as possible.

Travel Ages

  • When can a baby travel by plane? There is no legal requirement so each airline will stipulate their rules. Check the flying with an infant rules as per your airline regulations. Flying with a newborn baby rules may vary from airline to airline. Some may specify a baby must be at least 7 days old, whereas other airlines may say newborn babies must be 14 days old and/or meet other requirements to travel by airplane.  The American Pediatric Academy recommend ideally waiting until your baby is two or three months old to fly.

Consider The Time of the Flight

  • We’ve tried early evening, day, night and everything in between and the best advice I can give, is choose a flight which works best for you eg a more direct flight, less transit stops or one that fits your budget. Obviously 4am flights are not ideal if you have a short haul flight, but might not be so bad if you are flying from Australia to UK. Consider how long the journey will take to and from the airport and how your child adapts to changes in their routine.

The following sections cover information and tips on Airline Child Meals, Baby Meals, Baby Milk, Breastfeeding on a Flight and Sterilizing Bottles

Can I bring baby milk, water, and baby food on board?

  • All types of baby milk (pumped breast milk, powdered formula or readymade baby formula milk) water for baby, baby food, are all allowed over the 100ml /3-1-1 liquid rule IF you are travelling with your baby.

Baby and Toddler Food

  • Some airlines provide Baby Meals if they are pre-requested for long haul flights. If your baby is weaning, request a baby meal at least 24 hours before you fly.  
  • Baby meals are typically pureed jars of baby food which you can request for long haul flights – but not all airlines have them. It is always best if you to bring your own supplies and some healthy snacks.
Singapore Airlines Post Weaning Meal
Singapore Airlines Post Weaning Meal (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)
  • If your airline doesn’t provide a special meal or if your baby is over the pureed stage- most airlines will not have food for your baby. You need to provide this yourself. A few airlines do have some extra amenities onboard for babies and toddlers, which include a tub of formula milk, but they are in the minority: do not depend on this!
  • If you are flying with baby food, be aware that most airlines will not chill it for you and some countries will not allow ice packs to chill it. A good option and bonus tips for traveling with baby is to take some Ziploc bags and ask for ice after security at any cafe or restaurant and replenish from the crew to keep any food chilled. Ziplocs for the parenting win!
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Typical airline baby meal (on request) (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Baby Milk

  • If you are formula milk feeding, then plan to bring double than what your baby would normally consume. The same goes for snacks. You never know if your flight will be delayed on cancelled and having extra will save you stressing if that happens.
  • If you need milk for a bottle heated up for your child – do ask in plenty of time in case the crew are about to busy with a meal service.
  • Babies on planes usually likely to drink more than they usually do as the cabin air is quite dehydrating, which is another reason to pack more than you need if formula feeding. A spare bottle may be useful to have.

Breastfeeding on A Flight

  • All airlines are happy with a mum breastfeeding and support your right to do so.  If you are a bit self-conscious, here are my breastfeeding tips on a plane in detail. You may a prefer a window seat for a but more elbow room.
  • Snack catchers can be useful for older babies who are weaning as then you know the whole pot won’t end up spilling all over the aircraft floor. Eating snacks doubles up as an entertainment activity too!

This section cover packing tips and other useful items to bring not already mentioned.

Travel Gear and Baggage

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Babies often drink more on a flight, due to the air being drier.

Pack more than you need when..

  • it comes to diapers/nappies and wipes and traveling with an infant on a plane, always pack more than you need for the trip and have them easily accessible in your carry on, in case you are delayed on the airplane and can’t access your hold baggage. Some airlines will allow a carry on diaper bag or changing bag for free. Otherwise it will need to be part of your carry on allowance.
  • This diaper bag doubles as a travel bassinet and changing mat and this one has extra space for extra carry on items as well as a a foldout changing mat

Bring These Brilliant Quiet Activities And Baby Toys

  • Entertaining your child on a flight is a big part of learning how to travel by plane with a baby. Bring some interactive but quiet baby toys which will keep them busy. Something new like our favourite suggestions are educational, good for child development and learning, and importantly fun! Also bring some familiar favourites. All of these entertainment ideas actually work in all of our many experiences flying with ours as babies.

Pack Ziploc Bags!

  • Ziploc bags: put a change of clothing in each one, nappies/diapers and wipes etc, so you can easily find them and whip them out quickly! When people ask me how to fly with an infant or child – I always recommend this as one of my favorite traveling with baby tips!
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We always pack baby sleeping bag for the bassinet – it’s comfortable and easy to use. (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Wear Easily Removeable and Comfortable Layers on You and Baby

  • Dress you and baby in comfortable and easily removable layers. Crammed in a refined space with baby asleep on you when you are feeling hot will require some Houdini moves, so easily removable layers can help. Aircraft cabin temperatures do fluctuate, so whilst you may feel hot on the ground, you may feel chilly after a couple of hours.

Pack A Change of Clothing for You AND Baby

  • Pack an extra change of clothing for you and baby in your carry on. We have to rely on this several times, and once we went through our changes of clothes and my daughter ended up wearing an over sized pyjama top from first class! You never know when someone will feel poorly or an accident can happen! My husband got covered in puke on one long haul flight and no he didn’t have a spare change of clothes!

Pack Essential Medicine in Your Carry On Bag

  • Don’t forget to pack any essential medicine in your carry on. If it’s over 100ml or breaks the 3-1-1 liquid rules, ask your doctor for a note and check with your airline. Liquid medicines are exempt from TSA limits in the USA, but this is not always the case in other countries. Bring Calpol 5ml sachets or Tylenol/ Acetaminophen ‘Dr Kids’ single dose vials in carry on just in case little one feels poorly or is teething. If you have any health needs, check with health services or other medical professionals before you fly.
  • For a more comprehensive baby travel checklist – see here. It also includes a free checklist to print out and is very useful if you are traveling with an infant on a plane.

This section is all about airport security and tips to make it easier.

Pre-Order Any Baby Supplies and Pick Up AFTER Security

Leave Home in Plenty of Time

  • Plan to leave extra time for the airport- especially for security and the x-ray machine. An extra 30 minutes is ideal if flying with infants or young children, with all airports having different layouts and some better signposted than others!

Pack Liquids Separately

  • Pack any liquids in an easy place to access quickly. If you have a clear small single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm, use that to save time at the airport.
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Baby Milk and Water Is Allowed

  • Baby milk (pumped breast milk, powdered formula or readymade baby formula milk) water for baby, baby food, are all allowed over the 100ml /3-1-1 liquid rule if you are travelling with your baby.  It’s often worth asking the cafes airside (past security) for ice to replenish your ziplock bags if you have any perishable goods on you for the flight. Ice packs are often not allowed through security. They may swab your bottle but usually don’t open it.

Clear security e.g TSA, in plenty of time.

  • Be prepared to take your baby out of the stroller or baby carrier for the x-ray machine.

Look out for a Family Check in And Family Line in Security

  • Look out for a family line at the airport check-in and/or security or ask if there is one if it is not obvious. British Airways have a dedicated family check in area in London Heathrow Terminal 5 (to the left of the building) with some activities to keep kids occupied whilst waiting. Many airports have a security line just for families too.

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air travel with infants is easier with some planning

This section covers useful tips at the Airport including Courtesy and Travel Strollers, Airport Soft Play and Pre-Boarding

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This Bugaboo is brilliant as it fits as cabin luggage.

Gate Checking Your Stroller

Baby wearing Can Help

Baby-wearing makes it a little bit easier to board if you don’t have a stroller you can bring inside the airplane cabin with you. With a baby carrier there is less stress folding up your strollers and managing baby and bags as you board. American Airlines stroller policy is here.

Some Airlines Provide Courtesy Strollers To Use

Emirates at Dubai Terminal 3 provide complimentary strollers for passengers.
Emirates at Dubai Terminal 3 provide complimentary strollers for passengers. (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Look for An Airport Play Area

  • If you are flying with a toddler,or young child, check out the airport soft play facilities and let your kids burn off some steam for a bit before the flight. If not, use a blanket on the floor for them to stretch out a bit. 
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Airport soft play at Cape Town Intl airport (Photo Credit: Carrie Bradley/Flying With A Baby)

Visit the Airport Restroom before your flight.

  • Visit the airport restroom before you board your flight to reduce any poonamies. Although, inevitably, they always do a big poo when it’s trickier to change them.

Don’t Board First, Unless…

  • One of my favourite tips for families about flying with a baby is to board a bit later than everyone but have your partner board earlier to secure space for all your gear. Although many airlines give families the option to board first, there is generally no point in having an older wriggly baby or toddler restrained on a plane waiting for everyone else to board. This is certainly the case for day flights. If it’s a night flight you may find it easier to get them settled first and to board first.

This section covers tips on Changing Diapers/Nappies, Helping Baby Sleeping on A Plane, Ear Pain

Changing table in an airplane

The Majority of Airplanes have changing tables

  • All airlines have restrooms on board with changing tables for families. (The only exception would be some short domestic flights in older aircraft).
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Airplane changing table sign
  • Look out for this sign on the door which indicates a changing table is available.
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For more baby sleeping tips when flying click here.

Baby Sleep On A Plane

  • For sleeping tips when flying on a long flight with baby- this post will help with information on how to soothe and settle a baby in an unfamiliar environment. Tips include: strategies on routine and schedule, sleep inducing food, avoiding distractions and making baby feel cosy and comfortable. It also includes some brilliant travel products which can help stop baby from getting distracted by what is happening around them. A simple tip for those using a bassinet, is a light blanket or Cozigo cover to shield the baby from bright lights as you try to settle and soothe them.
  • Do expect some turbulence at times. It’s perfectly normal. If you are using a bassinet, you will be asked to remove your baby from it and secure baby on your lap – this will be with an infant lap belt if your airline provides one. The only exception is on Virgin Atlantic and Qantas due to their bassinet design.

Fill Out Any Arrival Documents and store in any easily accessible place

  • Fill out any documents in plenty of time ,including customs forms. If you are entering certain countries you must not bring any fresh food off the plane. If in doubt, declare it and go through the red channel. For example,  I have had tinned powder baby milk, declared it and it has been fine to enter Australia, but I always declare.

Ear Pain

  • If you are wondering how to stop babies ears popping on a plane, here are some ideas! Some babies cry with the change of pressure in their ears on takeoff and landing. Feed during the takeoff and landing phases of the flight, if you are concerned about the change of air pressure. You don’t need earplugs.
  • Cabin crew or pilots will normally announce when you are close to arriving at your destination and advise you to use the restrooms before the seatbelt sign comes on. This is your clue that it is almost time to descend and for the landing phase of the flight to begin – when changes in air pressure can occur. Sucking or chewing snacks or feeding often helps relieve this.
  • Alternatively, use a pacifier/dummy (or a rice cake for older babies) Earplugs are not normally an option, due to babies small ear size.

Ignore any person that is giving you a ‘look’

  • Ignore any person that is giving you a ‘look’ if your baby is making is a noise, and don’t feel pressured in having to placate them. You have enough on your plate. Sure, it’s always good practise to be considerate of your fellow passenger, which is why trying to distract your child by playing with them, with a new toy, feeding them, changing their diaper or nappy and following the tips on this page will show that you are trying to calm them. Most people know and understand that babies and toddlers DO cry scream on a flight despite you trying everything and often a look is from a friendly parent acknowledging that they have your back.
  • But if you have the pleasure of being sat near to that person who thinks babies shouldn’t be allowed on planes, don’t let them get to you. The most important thing is you are trying and everyone around you can see that. Soon the flight will be over and you can all get some rest and enjoy your stay.

On a particularly bad flight long haul flight (24 hours!) my daughter developed nappy/diaper rash just before we took off and screamed every time she needed to go. I’m not going to lie, it was horrendous.

She screamed the place down every hour or so and neither of us got much sleep. Nothing worked, even a fresh bottle of warm milk. My husband and I were both frazzled and I was close to tears with exhaustion.

But other passengers could see we were doing our best. Taking her to the rest room and the back galley to calm her down, changing her regularly etc, and we got there in the end! The return flight, two weeks later was a much better experience!

This section covers Arrival Tips including: Collecting Baggage and Your Stroller at the Airport

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Your Stroller is likely to be here on Arrival

  • If your stroller is not compact, it will be put into the aircraft hold with your bags. Some airlines (depending on arrival airport) will put a tag on it which indicated it can be brought to you at the aircraft door on arrival.
Some airline will place a tag on the stroller so you can collect it at the aircraft door.
  • Ask the ground staff at your destination, if they know where you will pick up your stroller – at the aircraft door, or at the baggage belt or in oversize luggage belt.
  • On our first few flights we waited ages at our baggage belt, only to find out our stroller was on the other side of baggage reclaim at the Oversize belt waiting for us. If you have been with babies, flying on a long flight – hunting around for your stroller is the last thing you need.

Did these tips on flying with a baby help? Read on if you would like more flying with an infant tips broken down by age!

For flying with a toddler top tips see here.

Are you travelling with a baby soon or have you before? Do you have any more travel tips for flying with infants? Please jot them below for other readers to discover.

More resources and tips for travelling with a baby.

If you have already booked your flight, then this condensed version of how to fly with a baby may help you too, but this post goes into greater detail.

For in-depth information on certain points – just click on the highlighted links.

Feel free to join in with the chatter on my Flying with A Baby Facebook page too: there is all sorts of useful advice on there and on my Family Travel Tips Forum Facebook group, where parents all over the world offer local advice.

If you are flying for the first time with your baby or toddler, you may also find my post on ‘What to Expect’ useful too.

Do let me know if these flying with a baby tips are useful and share to help another parent out!

Don’t forget:

  • For information on tips for flying with a sick baby see here.
  • For tips on flying with a breastfed baby see here.
  • For tips on flying with a newborn see here.
  • For tips for flying with a baby alone see here.
  • Tips for flying with a baby on British Airways
  • Tips for flying with a baby on American Airlines
  • Tips on flying with s baby or other airlines see here.
  • Tips for flying with a baby and toddler.

Although this entire family travel site covers everything from flying with babies to older kids in so much more depth, (my own experience begins with flying with a 2 month old baby, including 24 hour long haul flights), I thought a briefer list of my best tips for flying with a baby, would also be helpful for those who don’t have time to read through the whole site.

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Monday 7th of December 2020

This is so helpful thank you I have a question though we are flying to Melbourne in feb do you know if we can pack bits like nappies under the pram? I'm looking to get a bag for the pram to go in and want to take a pack so we are covered when we have to quarantine and thinking it would be handy as they arent heavy but would take up space in the case. Also can we have a buggy organiser attached that has bits in like wipes? Thanks

Carrie Bradley

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hi @Jo, I have certainly done that with a pram bag. It helps to protect the pram too! I think if you are discreet and pack the bag either at home or at the airport discreetly and not have it bulging with extra bits, you are good to go!

Keryn Means

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Ear pain is the WORST! My youngest always suffered, but we did the best we could with bottles, pacifiers and Tylenol.

Jody A Robbins

Saturday 14th of March 2020

This is so comprehensive. Really appreciate all the advice and external links. You saved me so much time researching!

Stephanie Taleghani

Friday 13th of March 2020

Anyone flying with a baby needs to read this post. So many useful tips and many I wish I knew when I was first flying with my little one!

Mary Brice

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Very useful tips for parents. As i am a mother of two i know how important these tips are. Thank you for the tips. I’m definitely going to think of them when we’re away and my little one gets older.

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