First things first!
Q. Can my child fly?
A. This depends on the age of your child and the airline. While some airlines allow children as young as 2 days old others won’t fly with infants younger than 2 weeks. You might also need to get a letter from your GP to prove your baby is fit to fly.
- As a general rule each infant has to be accompanied by an adult. 2 Kids = 2 Adults.
- Check that your travel insurance covers newborns and infants.
- Check that your baby can be vaccinated if you are flying to exotic locations; babies under 2 months can’t take malaria tablets.
- Children under 6 months can’t be vaccinated against yellow fever.
- Don’t forget your little one will need their own passport! Passports normally cost £46 and take 3 weeks to arrive.
Q. Will my child need their own seat?
A. There are a few different answers to this but here is a general guide
* Babies must fit the airline’s bassinet restrictions
** Check with your airline to see if your car seat/carrycot/harness or bassinet fits the requires specifications.
Q. What can I take on the plane?
A. Each airline has different allowances so always check before flying. As a general guide
Infants up to 2 years traveling on your lap or in a bassinet, you can take one bag full of the things that you little one will need during the flight.
You might also be able to take:
- One fully collapsible push chair
- One car seat
- A small fully collapsible push chair can be wheeled to the aircraft door, then stowed in the hold (check with your airline).
Children over 2 that have their own seat have the same luggage and checked luggage as you do.
With this in mind here are a few essential items every parent will need.
- Nappies – at least one for each hour of the flight and some extra just in case of a delay.
- A disposable changing mat or a travel mat, plus some wet wipes and nappy sacks.
- Blankets to help comfort your baby or if the plane is cold.
- Some spare clothes in case of spills.
- Expressed milk or formula, boiled water in a baby or baby food for the journey. This may be over 100 ml although airport security could ask you to open or taste this as a security measure.
- Lastly your child’s favourite toy for comfort if they are nervous or tired.
Here are a few holiday essentials you will need for kids of all ages.
- Child pain relief.
- Hand sanitiser.
- Teething gel.
- Insect repellent.
- Factor 50+ sunblock.
- Rehydration powder.
- Soluble anti-sickness relief.
- Bite and sting relief, calamine lotion.
- Microwaveable sterilisation bags or pre-sterilised bottles.
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