Flying with a baby: Do’s and dont’s
If you have come across this post you are likely considering a flying with a baby or at least flying with a child.
In July 2015 our family became three. Travis was born and I must admit I was really happy with my life. I had been following a website called Holiday Pirates for a while by this point (I’m a huge wanderluster.)
I never acted on any of the deals until my bucketlist destination, Iceland, came up at a real bargain! Read more about my time in Iceland here. As a consequence I soon became addicted to the feeling travelling brought… and Thailand was booked up for two days after landing back from Iceland. If you want to read more about some of my tips for Thailand click here. We went as two on these trips, Travis was just too young at the time.
By the end of the year though we knew we had to take him out somewhere as family! Fuerteventura seemed to be a good call after we saw again, on Holiday Pirates (check them out here,) more super cheap flights. The grand total for all three of us was £120, and we noticed the price went down before we left.
We decided to pay for a checked bag so we could take more of his things with us. This was bad and good. Its pretty difficult carting about a huge bag with a toddler in tow, but it gets checked pretty quickly at the airport. We found that we ended up over-packing this and went over the allowance on the way home. A drama came about trying to decide what to ditch and what to keep to avoid fees. This was a mistake and I’d recommend just taking hand luggage with a budget airline, a big backpack or small case is plenty! It saves all the trouble at the baggage drop.
We bought a super-compact buggy called the GB Pockit+ Sea Port Blue navy blue.This was a god send. The buggy folds up so small it can be taken on as hand luggage, and we managed to have this as an extra on top of our bags. As soon as we got off the flight I built it up and put Travis in, a blessing at 11pm with a tired toddler. You can buy it on Amazon which is so handy! Click the image below to take a look.
Water and snacks:
Halloween left us with a few pieces of candy to spare, so I popped them in a small backpack I had bought Travis. This was so handy when Travis was a bit peckish or had sore ears! I’d recommend buying a bottle of water before you get on the plane as Ryanair charge 3 Euros a bottle. The flight is so overheated you need a few of these too!
We now have a Mickey water bottle that we got in Ibiza like the one below. You can refill it and ask for water from the staff or take it from airport fountains for free.
A toddler backpack is a must! They flight doesn’t count it as a piece of hand luggage so it was just an extra space for us to keep treats. Use this space for some toys, games and other amusing items. My advice is bring as many as you can. After a few hours Travis was bored and we ended up having to amuse him with plastic cups. The backpack we chose also had reigns attached so it was so handy to help us keep a hold of him and stop him running off. These don’t have to break the bank – check out our personal favourite below;
If you can, book your flight around nap time or bed time. It will greatly reduce the headaches that come when flying with a baby. We managed to have Travis asleep on the way there – he fell asleep on take off. This knocked a good hour off the time we needed to amuse him.
UPDATE: We now swear by the BedBox® – Kids Travel Gadget #1 (Red). This bad boy flips and twirls into a bed for the duration of the flight allowing your little one a bed for the plane.
If you can think of any good tips to add for flying with a baby, let me know!