Seating on the Airplane
If you can book far enough ahead of time choose Bulkhead Seating. Your children will have much more room to move around and play with toys. You also won’t have to worry about the kids kicking the seat in front of you. Some airlines will have bassinets for children under 6 months old that you can reserve and fold down from the wall which is great for sleep time and giving you some much needed time out.
Whenever possible book assigned seating. You cannot put 2 small children (lap children 2 years or under) in the same row on an airplane as there are not enough oxygen masks, so make sure you book seating across the aisle from each other or in front or behind you. If you do have to sit separately make sure you have 2 snack bags, toy bags, change of clothes etc for each child.
Request to board early to allow both yourself and your children to get settled in and cause less disruption to other passengers.
Buying a Seat for your Child
Consider buying a seat for your children on the airplane. This will give you all more room and allow the children to move around and play in their seats. You can also buckle them into their seats if there is turbulence. Some airlines will offer a reduced price for children under the age of 2 which can help with the cost of airfares. It will also allow you to all sit in the same row as everyone will have an oxygen mask. You can put a car seat into your child’s airline seat which may make them more comfortable and they may sleep better.
If you do have a double stroller that you will be using to travel just make sure you check it in at the gate and then leave it at the door of the airplane before you board. Whether it is a large stroller or a lightweight travel stroller it is always handy to have a stroller. Strollers with detachable infant car seats are a wise choice if you want to cut down on carry-on baggage. Most airlines won’t charge baggage fees for a car seat, stroller, or play yard, whether you check them at the gate or at check-in. If you do check your stroller in at the departure gate it will be waiting for you outside the airplane door on arrival. This can be extremely helpful when you have to walk a long way to the baggage area and allow you to free up your hands to carry other hand luggage.
Consider asking for an airport cart to meet you at your arrival gate if you’re changing planes. Your kids will love the novelty of the ride, and you’ll be thankful for the lift to the next gate.
Always make sure you pack a spare outfit in case of an accident as well as a sweat top, a blanket if you cannot get one on-board, extra diapers, some socks and pack them into a plastic bag. Make sure you have an extra plastic bag to put any dirty clothes in.
Restaurant on Arrival
If you are traveling to a location you are not familiar with and you plan on eating out after you arrive, look into what is available in the area that may be suitable for your children as they will be tired after a long day of travel.
Carry on Baggage
Use a backpack when you travel with the children because it gives you the freedom to use both hands should you need to pick up one of the children or take them to the bathroom and you don’t have to worry about putting it down somewhere and forgetting it.
If your children are old enough give them their own backpack to take on the airplane with a few items like crayons, snacks, a book, a few small toys, headphones, a notepad to draw or write on and a bottle of water. You can even put their own change of clothes into their backpack in a ziplock bag.
Being prepared when you travel will make your travel adventures much more enjoyable when you are traveling with small children.
Lightweight strollers we love for traveling
- “Includes 2 stroller seats, jump seat and standing platform. Accepts two infant car seats (not included).
- Versatile stroller allows for two toddlers to sit on the full size seats, one toddler sitting in front and one sitting on rear bench seat or remove rear seat to stand on platform.
- Perfect for either twins or children of different ages
- Covered parent tray with 2 cup holders
- Recommended Use: Front/Back Seat: Sit upright unassisted ~ 40lbs or 40″”; Jump Seat/Platform: 2 1/2 years ~ 40lbs”
- Side-by-Side Seating, Compact Fold Stroller
- Easy One-Hand Fold
- Independently Reclining Seats
- Huge Canopy, Extra-Large Basket
- Large Wheels, smooth and exceptional maneuverability
- 27 riding options for two children
- Accepts two SnugRide® Click Connect Infant Car Seats
- Two removable, reclining seats
- Built-in bench seat
- One-hand, self-standing fold Release foot pedal, grab handle and pull up to close with just one hand – plus, it self-stands so no need to bend down to pick it up.
- Lightweight under 17 lbs
- Oversized canopy with extended visor
- Parent flex cup holder offers a snug fit for drinks
- Suspension front wheel for a smooth ride
- Generous storage basket with rear access
- Independent recline, multi-position stroller seats
- Lockable front swivel wheel for superior maneuverability
- Independently adjustable 2-position footrests
- Durable easy to clean fabrics
- Convenient carry handle
- Comfort angled handle bars