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Baby Food On Planes |Ordering Baby And Child Airline Meals

airline baby meal
One of the baby meals we received

I’ve either ordered from these airlines for my kids or have researched what they offer. Preordering child and baby food known as child and baby meals on certain airlines. For more information on bringing your own baby food on planes, see here.

Emirates child meal
A child meal on Emirates Airline

What is a baby or child meal?

A baby, child airline meal, and if you are really lucky a toddler airline meal, are pre requestable meals which differ from the usual meal choice on the flight.  Like other special meals they are given out before the main service, so you can help your kids eat, before your meal arrives.

Airlines do vary in their special food availability for younger guests. As a general rule, long haul flights with large airlines provide this service, with the Asian and Arabian Gulf airlines excelling.

Thankfully, it is easy to order a baby or child meal. Baby meals, if available, can be requested for an infant between 0 and under 2. Baby meals are puréed food jars.

Child meals are for children over 2, who are in their own seat. These are often pasta, or chicken nugget type meals. Child meals are usually handed out before other passenger meals.

If your child is under 2, and weaned, it is best to bring your own provisions, as there are only a handful of airlines who will provide a pre- requestable toddler or post weaning meal.

Details of these can be found below. You can also pre-order baby supplies from Boots at UK airports, meaning you can pick up food pouches, milk, nappies, sunscreen lotion after UK security.

Booking a Baby or Child Meal

  • You can often request a special meal online by heading to the Manage My Booking section using your airline booking reference and look for dietary requests or Special Meals. Follow up with a phone call, or re-confirm when you check in. if you book via a third party, we’ve always mentioned it to them but ask for your airline booking reference so you can follow this up or do it yourself.
  • Make sure you order at least 24 hours prior to departure. As an ex flight attendant, I know that occasionally special meals don’t make it on to the plane. This could be a booking error; by the airline, travel agent,  or passenger. Please do not get upset with the crew on board as it is out of their hands. They are a request only, but every endeavour is usually made to rectify the issue. 
Flying Emirates With Kids
Emirates kid friendly amentities – they have some spare baby bottles and baby milk onboard too.
  • Some airlines like Emirates etc, carry a limited supply of baby milk formula and baby food puree jars, but if it’s imperative you have a particular brand etc, definitely pack a small supply of your own.
  • A children’s meal is generally designed for children aged 2 and over but there are some exceptions. See below for airline specific information. As a rule, unless your airline specifies that they provide a post weaning meal, or toddler meal for children aged 1 and over; you cannot request a child meal for an infant under 2 who does not have their own seat.
  •  I always recommend packing plenty of your own snacks, fruit and other baby food on a flight, in case the meal service does not come at a time your child needs it, or the meal is not to their liking.
Malaysia Airlines baby food
Baby food jars we received on Malaysia Airlines

Details of Airlines and Types of Baby Meals and Child Meals They Provide.

Here is a compilation of my research on several large international airlines and what they currently supply on board, including several we have flown with.

Air Canada  

Infants’ and children’s meals are available only on international flights and in business class within North America. New items include favourites like mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, crudités, and chocolate chip cookies. 

Air France 

You can request a meal composed of sweet and salty little jars made from organic farming as well as baby cookies up to 48 hours before departure.

If your child is between 2 and 6 years old, Air France will automatically book this meal for them. All meals are organic. If your child is between 7 and 11 years old, they will automatically qualify for an adult meal. If you wish, you can request a Kids meal.


American Airlines child meal
American Airlines child meal

American Airlines

American Airlines provide baby and child meals, child meals are particularly appealing for those aged between 2-5 but anyone can order them.


Asiana

You can request a baby meal, toddler meal or child meal up until 24 hours before the flight. However, these meals are only provided for flights departing Incheon.


BA Child meal pasta and tomato sauce
British Airways Child Meal

British Airways

For short-haul flights, you can pre-order and pay for a Peggy and Leon snack box, including snacks, a drink and a small toy. Baby Meals cannot be pre-ordered but they have a limited stock of baby food and milk. British Airways Child Meals  (2-12 yrs old) are available on all long haul flights.


Emirates child meal economy

Emirates

You can request Baby Meals and Child Meals. There is a limited amount of baby milk powder, spare bottles and pureed baby food available on all flights. The Emirates child meal economy has plastic cutlery, is usually pasta, or nuggets. More information on flying with kids on Emirates airline here.


ordering baby child meals
Etihad child meal

Etihad

You can request Baby Meals and Child Meals on Etihad. These include baby meals which are pureed food and a Etihad child meals for children aged between 2 and 5.

Etihad-Kids-Snack-Meal
Kids snack option on Etihad

Child meals are burgers, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, French fries, crisps, pizza and usually some chocolate. See information on the differences between Etihad v Emirates here.

Eva Air Child Meal

Eva Air offer baby, post weaning and child meals.  Baby Meal (BBML) is for babies between 6 months and 2 years old. Milk powder is not supplied. A Post-Weaning Meal (PWML) is for over 2 years old infant – This meal is soft and easy to chew. Child Meal (CHML) is for 2 years old – 5 years old.


Japan Airline JAL Post Weaning Meal
JAL post weaning meal option

JAL Japan Airlines

JAL offers baby, post weaning and child meals.

As part of their services for families, JAL have baby food (for up to 8 months old), baby meals (for 9 months to 2 years old), and child meals (for 2 to 11 years old).

Baby food comes in the form of pureed bottled food, accompanied by a Japan Airlines bib. Baby meals consist of easy-to-eat food prepared in bite-sized pieces, and child meals are shaped and decorated with cute characters.

Note: JAL will not serve hot drinks to passengers holding children.

For children in business class and first class, JAL offer BEDD for Kids, chef-curated meals.

They also have Kao Brand “Merries” diapers available in M & L sizes and have a selection of toys for kids. These vary form wooden toy planes, to soft plane toys and socks and mugs. A limited number of picture books are also available for lending.

Child seat for rent
JAL offer a child car seat at an extra charge for use on the plane. They will only provide this service if you are traveling with a child under the age of 3 in a reserved seat. They use Tribute Sports by evenflo. However, sometimes they use “Roundabout” manufactured by BRITAX in case if “Tribute Sports” manufactured by evenflo cannnot be attached to the seat.

  • Child Seats suit children under 3 years old, weight over 2.3kg and under 18kg and less than 102cm tall.
  • We will ask the age, height and weight of your child at reservations.
  • For Children with difficulty maintaining an upright position on the seat due to a disability, a Child Seat can be rented as a supportive device free of charge.
  • The seat direction differs depending on the child’s weight.
    Over 2.3kg and under 9kg or under 1 year old : Rear facing
    Over 9kg and under 18kg and 1 year or older : Forward facing

Korean Air

Korean Air provide a baby meal or an infant child meal for older babies. A meal is provided to infants under 24 months old who can eat solid food. The menu is the same as that of the Child Meal.

For departures from Korea, you can choose from bulgogi stir-fry, cheese spaghetti, barbecue chicken, and croquettes. For departures from overseas, you can choose from spaghetti, pizza, and hot dogs.


Lufthansa

Lufthansa provides meals for babies and infants –baby food, mini sausages and soups – are also available on board Lufthansa flights – while stocks last.

Child Meal examples are ‘tortoise muffin’, ‘Lu’s favourite lasagne’, or ‘chipolata mummies’.


ordering baby child meals
Malaysian Airlines child meal example

Malaysia Airlines

You can request both Baby Meals and Child Meals on Malaysia Airlines.


Singapore Airlines child meal economy

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines provide plenty of choice. Including: Westerm Asian and Vegetarian child meal options. The Child Meals on Singapore Airlines are suitable for children between two and 12 years old.

Fo babies and infants less than one year old, you can receive a three-jar meal for your infant: main course, vegetables, and dessert. 

For older babies,

For infants less than two years old you can request a Child Meal for Infant,This meal is more substantial than a Baby Meal (BBML). Food items are soft and easy to bite with lighter-based sauces.

Singapore Airlines post weaning meal
Singapore Airlines Post Weaning Meal which is now called the Child Meal for Infant.

Singapore Airlines also provide an exclusive inflight meal service, called Yummy!, which allows their young customers aged between 2 and 11 years travelling in Suites, First and Business class to select their main course before their flight.


Sri Lankan

Sri Lankan provide baby meals and also child meals. The child meals are available for two different aged groups between 1 – 6 and also 7- 12 years. They promote a varied and healthy diet with salt and sugars added in a natural form.


Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines provide baby meals on most flights. However, on domestic flights, baby food is only available on flights departing from Ankara and Istanbul. On international flights, you can select a meal for your infant up to 24 hours before the flight. 

A Turkish Airlines child meals does not contain fish or meat with bones, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, spicy foods, dressings, and sauces, or boiled sweets. They may contains some or all of: grated carrot, cheese, crackers, finger food, fresh fruit, and fruit juice.


Qantas Child Meal

You can request baby, toddler and child meals on Qantas. They also provide  a limited range of baby food, milk, baby bottles, cereals and rusks.


Qatar

Qatar Airways can supply baby food jar & limited emergency baby bottles. A Qatar Airways child meal may be a non-vegetarian meal that is suitable for young travellers. Child meals on Qatar Airwaysmay contain: Pancakes, pasta, breaded chicken / fish fillets, chips, sweets, fruit.


Thai Airways

Thai airways child meal chicken nuggets and chips
Thai Airways child meal on the LHR- Bangkok route

United Airlines Child meal

United Airlines


Virgin Atlantic child meal from London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic

You can pre-order meals for 2-12 year olds up to 24 hours before your flight but it you cant guarantee it will be a tomato pasta with cheese. We’ve had chicken tenders with potato wedges before, so if you do need a veggie option, you need to order a standard vegetarian meal.


Virgin Australia child meal
Virgin Australia child meal

Virgin Australia

Can I bring baby food on planes?

If you are flying with a baby, toddler or older child and are wondering whether you can bring your own baby food on planes, then YES you can and it can be over the 100ml/3-1-1 liquid rule. More information is below. 

Yes you can. If it is in your hand luggage and it is for your baby on the flight, then it is NOT subject to the 100ml/3-1-1 liquid rule. This includes water, breast milk or powdered milk.

If it is for you, unless medically approved then it IS subject to the liquid rules if it is in your hand luggage. 

If you need to bring some travel snacks or food for your baby (especially if you have a post weaned toddler who won’t be eligible for a child meal on board), some ideas include:

  • raisins
  • cheese crackers
  • fruit squeeze pouch
  • blueberries
  • cooked pasta
  • mini sausages
  • rice cakes
  • bananas
  • granola bars
  • satsumas
  • cucumber and carrot sticks
  • bread sticks
  • porridge pots
  • cereal hoops

Anything that is fresh, remember to leave on the aircraft or check the countries customs laws. For example, fresh food of any kind is NOT allowed into Australia or New Zealand. To keep the food fresh, I take Ziploc bags and fill with ice from home, and refill at the airport and on the airplane.

I don’t use icepacks/coolpacks as some countries security laws will not accept these through security. Instead, pack some Ziplocs and refill once airside and again from the crew onboard the plane.

I avoid candy, lollies and chocolate etc as a hyper kid on the plane is zero fun! The only exception is the lollipop I keep for top of descent, in case they find the ear pressure uncomfortable.

Remember many food products must be declared in certain countries. Always look at the customs card and if in doubt, bin it or declare it. I’ve always declared baby powder formula, even opened and have been allowed it. Countries like Australia will not let you bring any fresh produce in. Please check the latest customs laws.

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Hansa

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

I just wanted to manage my booking and it says I can choose between baby meal and standard meal for my baby. Is that possible? Because I would, since he is almost 2 and eats very good.

Carrie Bradley

Monday 24th of January 2022

Hi Hansa, if they let you choose between both, thats great!

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Nada Frayne

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Hi Carrie, great article. I'm flying on Emirates airlines next week with my toddler who is under 2yrs old. It's a 7 hour flight and I've been told the only food options are purées and have refused to serve a child's meal. Worse still they can't guarantee there will be fridge space to store my food, and heating up food may be a problem if I don't use the right container (but don't specify what that is). After speaking with a customer service manager he suggested I could buy food in the airport like "a cheese sandwich or something". Which is all very well at the start of the flight but what about the rest of it? I'm quite taken aback by how poorly a vulnerable little human is treated on a major airline. They won't offer food, yet they are unlikely to be able to store mine or heat it. What do parents do???

CarrieB

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

Hi Nada, thank you and apologies for delay as I was on holiday with no wifi! yes- all airlines bar one or two have exactly the same policy. Most parents take their own. I used to take ziplock bags and fill with ice to keep chilled -it's easy for the crew to refill. for re heating i used hot water or milk for something like breakfast cereal. That is also easy for the crew to heat. emirates also have microwaves in the galley so if you use a microwaveable container that will help for any hot food. I also used to supplement from my own tray too. i also packed old sausages, pasta etc and brought apples, banana, blueberries etc.

Carrie Bradley

Sunday 27th of December 2015

Pleasure. Have a lovely time.

Jess

Sunday 27th of December 2015

Thanks for this really useful post! We are flying with Singapore Airlines in Feb 2016 and there's no actual explanation anywhere on what the different baby meals are. Our daughter will be 10 months when we fly, so are going with the 'child meal for infants' as she likes her food, so want to ensure there is plenty! Thanks again - you've relieved some minor stressing :)

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