It’s almost Summer and sun holidays are calling! If you are taking the opportunity to jet off for some much needed sunshine with your little one, it can make the journey that bit more of a challenge. We’ve compiled some top tips for travelling abroad with your baby or toddler to help ease your way through the airport.
With long wait times to get through airport security, allow yourself plenty of time in case there are delays and make sure all your liquids are declared. Yes, you can take breastmilk or formula through. “Medications, baby formula and milk are allowed if essential for use during the trip.” (DAA website)
Babies and toddlers can become easily overstimulated in a busy airport so, once through security and time-permitting, look for somewhere quiet to unwind. Most airports have a baby room where you can feed and change your child. Use this to savour a few moments of calm before pressing on to the gate.
Buggies and car seats
If you are bringing your own buggy, remember to use that tray in the bottom to store items such as cot sheets, baby blankets or your Apron Baby Bath Towel. It’s a bit of extra space that can prove invaluable for stretching your baggage limit. Just don’t put anything in there that might get crushed when folded up.
For those travelling through Dublin Airport, The Stork Exchange is a great service to avail of. This company rents out buggies, travel cots and car seats for your holiday and, with bases in Malaga and Palma, you can arrange to pick up your equipment if you are flying into either of these airports.
Make sure to have everything you need for the flight in your carry-on bag. This should include the following:
- Baby Bottles & Formula
- Muslin Cloths
- Travel documents
- Baby sun hat for when you arrive
Travelling with Toddlers
If you have a toddler in tow, here’s a few more things you will need for the plane:
- Favourite toy/teddy
- Tablet (don’t forget the charger!)
- Small toys (cars, animal figures, book)
Tip: Most airlines allow parents with small children to board first. However, this isn’t always a good idea, particularly with a toddler who will quickly get bored. It may be a good idea to wait as long as possible before boarding to shorten the wait time before take-off.
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