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Flying with baby

Airports are already stressful enough, but navigating your way through them with baby can be a daunting prospect. This section suggests how trips to the airport can be a smoother experience for you and your little one.

 
What are the rules for taking baby on a plane?

What are the rules for taking baby on a plane?

Each airline has their own rules for flying with a baby. Always check their own specific guidelines before booking.

How old does my baby need to be to fly?

Most airlines will allow children older than 14 days to fly, although some will allow them to fly as little as two days after their due date – not necessarily from their birthdate, as premature babies may not be safe to fly.

Airlines may request a GP's note to make sure your child is safe to fly.

How old does my baby need to be to fly?
Will baby need a passport?

Will baby need a passport?

If you're travelling abroad, yes. Passports take four – five weeks to process, or a week if you pay extra. You can't use the premium one day service for a first passport.

Do I need to buy my baby a seat?

Airlines tend to allow children under two a free or discounted ticket, but they won't get their own seat. For babies under six months, it may be preferable to have them on your lap, but as they get older this probably won't be comfortable. Unless the plane isn't full you can't guarantee a seat unless you buy one.

If you do buy them a seat, they'll need to stay in a baby car seat. Some airlines provide these (in limited numbers) but budget airlines probably won't. It may be safer to bring your own or to reserve one in advance.

Do I need to buy my baby a seat?
Do they get a luggage allowance?

Do they get a luggage allowance?

Most airlines will allow additional hand luggage, even if you haven't booked a seat, but check first.

The good news is that baby food and liquids aren't restricted, so you can bring plenty for the journey. You will still be required to remove them from a bag and show them to airport staff, so make sure they're easy to get at. And it's wise to bring extra in case of delays.

What about my pushchair?

Pushchairs can't be taken on as carry-on luggage, but most airlines will allow you to take your pushchair up to the gate before taking it for loading. You will, however, be required to take them out of their pushchair while going through security. You'll also have to wait to get your pushchair back from baggage reclaim when you get off the plane.

If your child is older, reins are ideal for keeping them under control when they're not in the pushchair. A Trunki might also be fun alternative to bringing them on a pushchair.

 

TRAVELLING ON THE TRAIN

The good news about travelling by train with baby is that under-fives can travel for free. The bad news is that adult passengers always get priority, so if it's a very busy train, you might not be able to use the seat next to you unless you've bought two tickets.

 
When to travel.

When to travel

It's always best to travel outside peak times, so you won't have to battle crowds to get on the train. And you're more likely to get a cheaper ticket and spare seats during less quieter times.

You'll also want to try to travel between feeds and ideally when it's time for baby to have a nap so they're quiet on the journey.

How to carry baby

There are lots of benefits to carrying your little one in a carrier or sling to avoid the struggles of taking them in a pushchair. It keeps your hands free, makes it easier to move and means you won't be fighting anyone for space.

If you do need to take a pushchair, taking a lightweight, foldable stroller would be easiest, so you can fold it away on the train and store it in a luggage bay. You should definitely check that the station has lifts – most modern stations will, but some older, smaller stations may not.

How to carry baby..
Get to the station early.

Get to the station early

You won't want to be running around with baby in tow, it's not safe for either of you. You may also find that if you've bought a cheaper ticket, it may only be valid for a certain service, so it will be expensive if you miss it.

If you arrive early, you should have plenty of time to choose seats, store your luggage and settle down. You can also ask the staff which carriages will have space for your pushchair, which will save you searching for one.

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