Flying with a toddler and a baby

Kristin - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi my name is Kristin. I am going to be flying to Seattle,WA next month, to see my huband before he goes over to Iraq, with my toddler and my baby. When we fly out my little girl will be 16 months old and my baby boy will be 4 months old. I was wondering if anyone has any advice for me to make this flight easier on us. My daughter is in that stage where she just wants to get down and run around and not sit still so I am a little nervous for this adventure. I have someone coming with me to help with the kids otherwise I wouldn't be able to bring both of them! I already plan on bringing a portable DVD player and Tarzan her favorite movie to try to keep her occupied. But the flight is 3 1/2 hours and I don't know if she will sit still for that long. I am not too worried about traveling with my son because when my daughter was 5 weeks old we flew with her and she slept the whole time. And I anticipate that he will be much easier to deal with than she will be. I am not sure if toddlers are the same way and fall asleep as well. Any advice to make this trip easier would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!


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Amanda - posted on 03/07/2009




Hello Kristin, my name is Amanda. I traveled with my three kids right before my husband went to Irag in October of last year (ages 7, 5 and 8 mths). I think you have a good plan so far. I would take lots of snacks and drinks as well. Remember you don't get food anymore on plane rides. As well and some of her favorite toys. I think you might be suprised at how well she will do. Are you going to have 3 seats or only 2 seats?  I had my carseat with me so buckled up the baby and it was just like a car ride. Of course I am not sure how well your daughter does in the car.  Movies are always good maybe take 2 or 4 just in case she gets tired of Tarzan...

Good Luck hope this helped a little...


Claudia - posted on 03/07/2009




My son was almost 3 when we traveled to Mexico (5 hrs) and since she will be in her own seat and something I used for my son is a safety 5-point seatbelt..

I'm not sure she will fall asleep during a 3 1/2 hr flight, unless it cuts into a nap time?? Another thing if they will serve a meal (not sure on a 3 1/2 hr flight) but if they do consider ordering a kids meal in advance with the airline.  Otherwise, be prepared with your own snacks (I don't think they allow liquids anymore, unless it's formula for your 4mo old) .  Also, any favorite hand doll/toy she likes, crayons/coloring books, puzzles, card games, etc in a little backpack that she can carry-on. If she has one of those little tikes cameras - she can take pictures and then put together a travel album?

Here is another website I looked at (not related to kid-travel necessarily) but to familiarize yourself with what you can/can't bring... it had been a while since I had traveled and a lot of things had definitely changed.

Have fun and thank goodness for friends during times like these, huh?


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