Flying with the kids
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Travel light. It's all very well being laden like a pack horse, but do your self a favour...travel light! Take a light weight pushchair. The cheap telescopic ones can be pushed right up to the aircraft door. The larger your pram the less likely it will be loaded into the cabin. If your child is awake on disembarking, you can use the pushchair as a luggage cart, and if they're asleep...well, you have your pushchair.
Bulkhead Seats.Very often when you're travelling with an infant, under 2 years you may be able to book a bulkhead seat. These seats are prime position for many of the frequently travelling public, as they have plenty of leg room and access is easy in and out of your seat. My advice, if you can...book them.. If your airline of choice has an online booking facility which many do these days, do it the minute online check in starts.
Board First Saves the aggro of fighting your way through the hoards to get to your seat, and gives you the chance to settle and find space for your bags.
Trunki's" are amazing for holding all the little bits and pieces they may need and they can pull them along themselves!
Car seats. Most airlines allow car seats, but as these have to be placed in a seat you may have to pay the full fare for them.
Cots and seats. The ones provided by the airlines aren't suitable and are not safe if the seat belt signs go on. I know it can be a hassle to take them out if they're asleep, but really, would you be happy leaving them in them if it gets bumpy. I know I wouldn't. Babies, fall asleep quickly especially if it's bumpy, and if you do it quickly they won't even noticed they've been moved. Don't be tempted to cover them totally in a blanket, to block out the light. They will sleep...I promise!
Don't stress! This is really important. If you do, it's likely that your kids will sense it and kick off! If they do, stay calm. It's very rare that babies and kids cry through out the flight, and if they do...tough!
Make sure you take nappies, and dried milk. Find out which toilets can accommodate you and your children. Some are larger than others and some have a baby changing table.
If you're really concerned about anything, just ask the crew. They'll put your mind at ease and are generally good for a chat.
And....enjoy your flight. It's easier and less hassle than you think it may be!