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How To Air Travel with your Toddler - Throwback Thursday


I completed my ultimate blog challenge which was to post everyday for an entire month in July. It was challenging but I did it. I didn't think that I could do it but I was able to. Now it's the beginning of August and it's Thursday which brings us to my Throwback Thursday. It's that day when I once again post a photo of me and tell you a little bit about what was happening when that photo was taken. So without further ado...


This picture I'm sharing with you is one from my travels. This was taken in November of 2012 when I was 9 months old. We were heading to the Caribbean for a very sad occasion, the funeral of my grandpa, but we got to stay in Puerto Rico overnight and our hotel room had the most beautiful view of the ocean, but I digress.

Today I want to share with you some tips when traveling with your toddler. I wasn't a toddler when I made my first trip to the Caribbean. I was actually only 3 months old but with a few variations the tips can be used as well. 

Whether you're traveling by air, sea or ground you need to be prepared but today we are going to focus on air travel.

This is by far our most important tip. Pack your diaper bag the way you would pack if you're going out for an entire day or preferably two. Bring extra change of clothing, enough diapers, formula, food in case of a flight delay. Also pack a few toys as well. Something to keep your toddler entertained during a long flight or a delay of your flight will surely come in handy. You do not want to be that mom buying diapers at the airport. They are just as expensive as the airport and airline food. You do not want to spend an extra $20 on diapers that would normally cost you $10. 

Airplanes are usually cold. The higher in altitude we go the colder it becomes. Walk with a blanket to keep us warm. You may want to walk with one for yourself as well. Unless you're traveling first class there might not be a provided blanket for you by your airline. 

You may be tempted to buy that seat but babies under the age of 2 usually fly for free so save that money for souvenirs and hold your toddler in your lap. They will feel safer and secure in your arms. You know how you adults don't like air turbulence, neither do we so the comfort and security that you provide holding us will surely make us feel a lot better. 

Have a few drinks nearby. Not only will your toddler have them when needed but its highly suggested that you have your toddler drink or chew on something during take off and landing to prevent ear pain. Ear plugs are also highly recommended. Those engines are very loud and our little ears are very fragile. No hearing damage for us please. 

If you're using a stroller be prepared to have it inspected to pass through the security check. Also some strollers may not be able to go on the plane so be prepared also to have it checked in with your luggage. Mommy suggests that you use an umbrella stroller if you must have one or a baby carrier such as a BabyBj√∂rn Baby Carrier or another carrier of your choice. This not only keeps you hands free and gives you an extra pair of hands but now you won't have to worry about that stroller. 

Unless you're traveling with other members of the family might I suggest getting an aisle seat if taking a long flight. We know you want to look out the window and see everything that's going on but we may need quite a few pamper changes and I don't think the lady sitting next to us might like us making her stand every hour so you can take us to the bathroom.

Well I've shared a few tips with you and mommy and I will be using them as well on our trip next summer to the UK. I can't wait to share that trip with you as well. As always.... ♥ Madison.


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  1. Excellent post as always, even though I've never flown. I'm sorry about your grandfather. :-( I lost my grandfather last year also!

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    1. So sorry to hear about your loss as well. Its actually fun flying. ♥ Madison

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  2. Great tips from you as always. This will come in handy if we ever go somewhere with the baby. :) P.s. I'm sorry about your grandfather. He is in good hands now. :)

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    1. Yes he is. We hope you'll be able to use some of the tips with your own variation of course when you travel with your baby. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. Great tips! I started taking my boys to Disney every year since my oldest was 4 and my little man was 1. We are going for the 5th time in October and they fly like champs now. We went to San Diego in April and that flight was a lot longer for us, but they were pros on that one, too.

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    1. Awesome! I'm not a champ yet but I hope to be one day. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. These are great tips. I have never flew with my boys but it would be a lot faster than driving.

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    1. It sure is a lot faster than flying. We're planning a road trip to Canada for Christmas so that should be fun. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. These are all great tips!! I have a 2 and 5 year old and my hubby and I are debating going to Ireland next year, but I dread the idea of 2 little boys on a plane. I think my 5 year old who will be 6 at the time may be able to handle the plane ride, but I know my youngest is going to get bored and hyper. So hopefully these great tips will come in handy then :)

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    1. I think they will Savannah and your toddler just might surprise you. Make sure to bring along items to keep them entertained on their flight. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. Traveling with kiddos can be tricky - these are great tips though!

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  7. Great tips! I remember these days of traveling with my own child. Love the post and shared it.

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    1. Thank you Deanna. We appreciate the share. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. Great post! Loved all the travel tips :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome Courtney. Hopefully you'll be able to use some of them. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. Thanks for the tips, having never flown with a toddler, these tips will be useful if/when the occasion arises! Lovely pic too :)

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  10. I flew with my daughter when she was three-months-old (she slept nearly the whole time) and then again when she was 18-months-old and that was a bit more difficult. Snacks and books helped! A lot of safety enthusiasts will argue with me that buying them an extra seat is safest because of turbulence. I have never bought the extra seat and I do save that money! She was in my arms both times.

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    1. Snacks and books do help Tamara and mommy doesn't get the extra seat either. I feel so much more secure in mommys arms during those turbulence. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. Hi! Loved this post... I had five kids and traveled with them a lot. Great tips. I've tried following you on Twitter, but I can't! Think you have a glitch. Let me know.

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    1. Hi our official Twitter page has been glitched for the past couple of days with Twitter "working on it". We've made a back up page in the meantime and have added you. Thanks for visiting. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. Great tips you have here! I'm not a mom yet, but your post is very helpful since I travel a lot with kids for our outreach! thumbs up! :)

    http://beautychaseandrandomness.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! They can be used for anyone and glad you like them. ♥ Madison

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  13. We do all our travel by car. I can not imagine an air port with my kids. I think I would cry.

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    1. It might be a lot better than you imagined. I haven't gone for long trips by car as yet but I'm planning one for Christmas. I think you'll be ok at the airport. :) ♥ Madison

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  14. Great tips. We flew with our son when he was 6 months old and he did great except for one take off. I was surprised at how accommodating the other passengers were.

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    1. They sure can be if you're traveling with a baby. Happy you got a great travel tip. ♥ Madison

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  15. My aunt's going to have a new born in months and she will have to travel a lot. Your tips will be great to share with her as I'm not a mamma yet (;
    Areeba @ Aree With Umbrella

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    1. Please feel free to share. They will come in handy whenever she travels. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. This is a wonderful post! Lots of helpful tips for moms travelling with toddlers.
    Sharing :)

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    1. Thank you Bismah. We appreciate the shares. :) ♥ Madison

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  17. I wish my son was a toddler again. But maybe sometime soon I will have a toddler again. Great tips on traveling with the little one. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. Be Blessed!

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    1. Thank you Lourdes. We appreciate you visiting. ♥ Madison

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  18. These tips are great for grown ups too! My kids have yet to be on a plane and they are 14 and 12.

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    1. Yes they sure are. Make sure your carry on has enough of what you need in case of delays. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. Great tips, thank you!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
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  20. Great tips! I've also heard of bringing a package of individually wrapped pairs of earplugs to hand out to the people around you in case your child gets fussy and they don't want to listen to it. I've even seen individual baggies with hard candies, earplugs, and a sorry-in-advance note from parents that get placed on the seats all around the family. I'll have to find it again.

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    1. What a great Idea! Not sure I would feel comfortable doing it, but love it!

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    2. I'm not sure if I would want to bring enough earplugs for everyone but the candy is a great idea as well. Sucking them before lift off helps with your little ones and even your ears as well. ♥ Madison

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    3. Linda I'm with you. They are great tips but not sure if I'll be comfortable doing it. :) ♥ Madison

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  21. Great tips! I dont have any little little ones, but my daughter needs this!

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    1. Feel free to share them with your daughter. :) ♥ Madison

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  22. So sorry about your grandfather. :(
    These are excellent tips! Thank you for sharing them!-Ashley

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    1. Thank you Ashley. He's in a much better place now. :) ♥ Madison

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  23. What a beautiful view and wonderful travel tips! You always think of everything :)

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    1. Thanks Becca. We enjoyed our time in Puerto Rico. It was truly beautiful. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. I've flown with my kids a bunch, but when they're over 1 and the flight is more than 3 hours, they get their own seat. And having a baby carrier is extremely helpful. Great tips!

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    1. I will finally have my own seat next sear and we do agree with the baby carrier. Thanks for stopping by. :) ♥ Madison

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  25. Sorry for your family's loss but what a gorgeous view from the window. I've never been to Puerto Rico/Caribbean but it's on my bucket list. We flew when my middle son was a baby years ago and learned the hard way you can't just put water in the bottle to mix with formula later. Security will make you dump out the water. You'd think I'd remember that when we traveled a couple months ago. I had put water in thermoses again to avoid paying the exorbitant bottled water prices at the airport, got to security, had to go dump it out and go through security again. A TSA agent kindly escorted me so I didn't have to wait in line again while the rest of my family was waiting for me but what a pain. So my tip is, take an empty thermos and fill it with water after passing through security so your kids can drink it on the plane. :) It does help them with relieving air pressure during take-off and I agree to pack plenty of snacks, extra clothing, you never know how long you'll be stuck on the plane or if you get rerouted!

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    1. Yes we agree Puerto Rico is truly beautiful. Mommy plans on going back for a real vacation next time. We were able to bring bottles of water through security by explaining that they were for formula but they had to be sealed. Another idea is bringing the ready made formula already sealed. :) ♥ Madison

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  26. So sorry about your grandfather. I am very impressed at your traveling at such young ages. I will have to ask your momma for more advice when it is time for my little one to travel. These were great tips.

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    1. Mommy would be sure than happy to give you some tips. :) ♥ Madison

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  27. Fantastic tips! I'm adding a link to this article to my "Parents Who Take Vacations Live Longer" post. Hope that's okay!

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    1. That is fine with us Amber and we agree that people who take vacations do live longer. :) ♥ Madison

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  28. So good. I would add a warning to anyone traveling with a 24 mos+ age child. They make that baby be strapped in their seat for takeoff and landing. That was the worst time i ever traveled with my daughter--not as a baby, not as a toddler. She was 2 1/2 and wanted me to hold her during landing and the attendants made her sit in her seat. She shrieked the entire 20 minutes it took to land. I YI YI!

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    1. That is so not good. I get my own seat next year and I hope its a better experience. ♥ Madison

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  29. Great tips! Carriers are awesome!

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    1. We agree Jen. Carriers are awesome! ♥ Madison

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  30. Great tips! My sister always used to laugh at me for my well-prepped and packed diaper bag...but she was always thankful for it when she needed to use it! LOL

    ~Lorelai
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    1. Yes Lorelai its best to have an overpacked bag than an under packed one. I'm sure she was grateful. :) ♥ Madison

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  31. Great tips :) Traveling with kids can be hard, but being prepared makes it so much better!

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    1. Be prepared is the trick Ann. I think once you're prepared you'll be good. :) ♥ Madison

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  32. Great tips! I'm sorry to learn about what happen to Grandpa though...

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    1. Grandpa is in a better place now. He's no longer hurting. Thanks for visiting Mira. :) ♥ Madison

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  33. great tips this will come in handy when we travel with the kids

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  34. Echoing everybody else, but these really are great tips. I always heard a pacifier was a useful thing to have on the plane to relieve ear pressure.

    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather!

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    1. Grandpa is in a better place right now. A pacifier is great if your little one takes it. I never liked them so I had to do something different. :) ♥ Madison

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  35. Wow, a post a day? That's awesome and I applause you for taking toddler for a flight. :) But after all, I think infants are easier to take care of than toddler on a flight as they sleep through most of the time.

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    1. Yes it was pretty intense. I've never done a post a day before but we made it. I agree that infants might be a bit easier but only if they do sleep. :) ♥ Madison

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  36. Sorry to hear about your loss. Re: flying with young kids I think you covered it all! Have to say, I did it with a 1 month old and a 3 year old last summer and, with planning, it actually went REALLY smoothly. We also looked hard to find the flights with the shortest start to finish time (we had total flight time of about 5 hrs + layover anyway we did it - so ended up being about 8hr from door to door).

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    1. Planning is the key here and if you can get those direct flights then by all means get them. They will make your travel much easier. Happy you stopped by. :) ♥ Madison

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  37. That's so true about being sure to pack the bag with way more than you think you'll need. I'd be ok running out of some things but not diapers. Oh no, not diapers!

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    1. No, no Liz, you do not want to run out of diapers. Not ever! :) ♥ Madison

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  38. You are a well-traveled tot Madison! I like it! I also learned my lesson when my son had his first air travel almost a year ago. I will add some of yours the next time we travel. I'm excited to hear your adventures in the UK soon! God bless you dear! And your mom too!

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    1. Thank you Kristine. I'm really excited to be going too. Can't wait to share my adventures with you. ♥ Madison

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  39. Dreading the day I would have to get on a plane with my two bambinos...already planning with hubby against next summer though. (the younger who is also the fussy 'divalicious' of the two would be older and more 'mature')

    Thanks for sharing, Madison.

    Hugs,

    Abiola.

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    1. You're welcome Abiola. Your bambinos might surprise you and be absolute angels on the flight. :) ♥ Madison

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  40. Sad to hear about your grandpa , I lost mine 5 years ago :(
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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    1. Thank you Noor. I got to meet him before he passed away when I was 3 months old and I have pictures of us together to remind me of our time together. So sorry you lost yours as well. I guess we have something in common. :) ♥ Madison

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  41. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa.

    Those are some really great tips.

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    1. Thank you Heather but grandpa is now in a better place and I got to spend some time with him before he passed away. Hope you're having a great Friday. :) ♥ Madison

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  42. Great tips Madison. I wear earplugs on the plane too. It not only cuts down on the engine noise but also on the conversations I really don't want to hear :) Dropping by from the Blog Strut. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lydia. Yes we do love our earplugs it does help eliminate some of the surrounding noises and chatter. Have a great weekend yourself. :) ♥ Madison

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  43. Thankfully Rey is potty trained so I don't have to worry about that aspect but I'm flying with her in three weeks and these are some great tips.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  44. The gang over at My Personal Accent think your post about Air Travel With Your Toddler is simply TERRIFIC! We would like to invite you to party with us at starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! http://wp.me/P2Vf55-1K

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