What should I bring when flying with a baby/toddler?

We will be leaving home and driving all the way to LAX ( about a 3 to 4 hour trip) in the middle of the night to catch the early 6 a.m. flight, hopefully. We are flying stand-by, so there is a good chance that i will be stuck in an airport all day with two babies and a limited supply of diapers, wipes, and most importantly, soy formula for my lactose intolerant 5 month old. HELP!


Asked by mommy2boys26 at 2:03 PM on Sep. 24, 2008 in Travel

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  • Bring a pacifier for the baby, it will help with ear's popping during take off. Bring a security item for the 2 year old such as a blankie or a stuffed animal. I would do some research on the airport you might be stuck at to find out what kind of shops, restaurants, and play area's they have. I would bring some powdered formula, or maybe call his doctor and ask if push comes to shove if he could survive a few feeding of regular soy milk, I'm sure you would be able to get it from the airline or some where at the airport. Tons of people are lactose intolerant. I would also make sure to put some A&D ointment on their butts just in case your not able to change their diapers right away, and bring a stroller.


    Answer by Lornamay at 3:28 PM on Sep. 24, 2008

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  • Before you go to the airport, find out where you can get those limited supplies. I think you would be able to get wipes and dipes but check about the formula. If you can't, bring extra even if you end up leaving it behind. Can you spend a night in the airport hotel? I hate to see you driving alone in the middle of the night with two small children. You would also garuntee yourself a good night's sleep to get you in better shape for the long day. Check out the whole airport online before you leave and find out what is there to entertain a two year old, if they have a nursing facility (also this might be a place you can feed your child and/or get more formula) and if they have entertainment activity for toddlers. Be prepared and safe, that's my advice.

    Answer by manna1qd at 6:25 PM on Sep. 24, 2008

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  • Bring snacks for you toddler as well as things to occupy him/her like a colouring book and crayons.  Also make sure you have something for your kids to sip or chew during takeoff and landing to help their ears to pop because it can be very painful for them.

    At the time of booking (or call the airline) if you have already booked and ask about a travel crib for your baby.  Most airlines will provide one that attaches to the wall in front of the seats right up front.  Also you can book "special" meals if necessary before hand.  They usually have children's meals, as well as meals for special dietary needs and religious needs.

    You can keep your stroller with you in the airport but it will be tagged and put in the baggage compartment at the boarding gate.


    Answer by beeky at 10:05 AM on Sep. 26, 2008

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  • Part 2

    I did a lot of trans-Atlantic flying when my kids were very young, but that was about 8 years ago, so some of these things may have changed since then, but it well worth a call to the airline to see what services they have available.


    Answer by beeky at 10:05 AM on Sep. 26, 2008

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