**Part one of a two part series of “Flying with a Baby”
If you’re gearing up for babies first flight there’s a few things that you can do before take off to make yours and your babies life a little easier and get your trip started off on the right foot.
From the Airport to airplane here are the top things to remember when getting ready to jet set
Packing for the flight
When you’re travelling with a baby or toddler, there are a LOT of things that you’re going to need to bring, from onesies to playpens, carriers, strollers, special blankets and really the list could go on. To make your life easier at the airport or on the plane try and make your life easier by not bringing too much stuff. Pack the bare essentials for the flight: toys, food, extra soother if your baby takes one, diapers and extra clothing (for poo explosions and food spillage, if it can happen, it’ll happen on the plane). You don’t need a weeks worth of these items for the flight. Bring only what you would need in the time you’re travelling from leaving your house to arriving at your destination. Remember, you will be carrying all these items around for a long time. It’s often a good idea to bring new or toys they haven’t played with in a long time on the flight so your toddler will be excited to play with the toys.
Organize your diaper bag or carry on bag so that the items you’re going to need on the flight the most are readily accessible. Flights are cramped and there isn’t a lot of room for pulling out all the things in your bag to find the special teddy while your little one is on meltdown mode. It’s also important to organize any other bags and or strollers you’re taking on the flight, anything that you usually store in the bottom of your stroller take it out if it’s not going with you, or place it in your diaper bag.
Checking in with a baby isn’t that different than when you travel alone with the exception of what to do with your stroller/bucket seat or car seat. You have a few options with these items:
- Check your stroller/car/seat or bucket seat. These items are then placed in special baggage, and you pick them up when you arrive at your destination airport.
- Stroller check your stroller and leave it on the the flight bridge; upon your arrival your stroller will be there for you on the arrivals bridge so you can have it right there when you get of the plane!
Once you’ve made it to the airport and checked in, you are off to security. Generally at this point your baby is fast asleep and now you have to take your sweet and sleepy baby out of the stroller and (unless you have a sound sleeper), they’re going to be woken up. At the Edmonton International Airport, parents travelling with small children often skip the long security line and are ushered through the much shorter priority line. Once through the line, you’ll be asked to take of your carrier if you’re wearing your baby for scanning or, if you have a stroller to empty it of it’s contents (including your baby) so that they can scan it or swab it. If your child is still in a bucket seat, baby will have to come out so that can scan or swab that as well. Preparing your stroller at home before the trip by clearing it of cheerios or unnecessary items and packing your essentials in one bag will make this process go much faster. If you’re traveling with baby by yourself, not having to pick up bits of old food and toys from the floor when you’re folding it up with baby in one hand and folding the stroller with the other, you’ll be grateful you did this.
As you pass through the metal detector, you can hold the baby unless you beep. If you “beep” you’ll be asked to hold baby away from you if you’re travelling alone, or to pass the baby to your travelling companion while you’re inspected. Once the carrier, the stroller diaper bag and anything else you have with you has been scanned, poked prodded and tested you’re good to go!
To see more of what you’re allowed and not allowed to bring on flights in relation to food, milk and juice, please refer to the airlines policies as well as travel canada’s policies here:
In Part Two we’ll talk about the plane ride!