Flying with a toddler: How to prepare

When traveling with kids, the flight itself is usually the most difficult part. Even when you are finally in your seats, that is where you have to stay for the next hours. Of course the longer the flight, the more difficult it can be and the more important it is to be well prepared. Here is our guideline on how to limit the hustle of traveling and be best able to handle all situations. 

Prepare for the worst

Maybe, your kids will nap the whole flight and you can watch a movie or even have a nap yourself. However, that is not very likely and you should be prepared for all situations. For an infant, the pressure during take off and landing can be very uncomfortable. A pacifier or breastfeeding usually helps. But you should not be too stressed or uncomfortable if your kid is screaming and crying, it will pass. You will probably never meet your co-travelers again and at some point in their life most of theme have, or will go through a similar situation. Stressing will only make it harder for you and your baby.


Be sure to have some entertainment ready for your children, if they are old enough. Coloring book, pencils, cards and some books might do the trick. Otherwise, games, movies or tv shows on the tablet or the phone are very likely to help. Be sure to use Netflix ‘s option to download the shows so they are viewable when not connected to the internet. Do this at home, when you are connected to a WiFi. For smaller kids, development toys for babies can help.  


Be sure to bring some snacks to eat during the flight. Even though you pre-bought a meal on the flight or if you ate at the airport, you should bring snacks with you as well. You never know when the kids get hungry or if they eat what is offered on the plain. Bring something you know they like and is easy to bring a long. You will have to make sure that you are allowed to bring it through security.

Bring a baby carrier

If your child is 2 months old or 2 years old, bringing a baby carrier is a really smart idea. In airports you can often borrow a stroller or if you have a compact one that fits the overhead bin you can bring your own. But a baby carrier is much more comfortable for both you and the child. Airports are usually full of people and there is a feeling of security, having your child attached to you. The child will also appreciate it, being surrounded by noise and a lot of people they have never seen before.  

Going through the airport and security, the baby carrier will leave you with two free hands. That can be helpful to carry the luggage, pushing a stroller or holding the boarding passes.

Check out the Najell baby carrier here and read more about baby wearing here.

Plan where you are sitting

Pay for seats if you think that is necessary. Choosing a seat in the back of the plain can be a good idea as you will be closer to the bathrooms and it’s more likely that there will be vacant seats. Thinking of the whole flight, not just how fast you will be able to leave the airplane. If money is no object, or flight seats not to expensive,  you should even consider buying a seat for the infant/toddler. Extra space, especially on long flights might definitely be worth the money.

These tips will probably not make the actual traveling too much fun, but it can reduce the problems and the frustration. A better start of the journey can make the whole trip more enjoyable for the whole family and create more positive memories.

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