Getting stressed just thinking about getting through airport security with children? Find out some handy tips for getting through airport security with kids. Scroll down to read them all!
Planning a holiday vacation but have sticker shock? Find out how to get cheap flights around Christmas time, scroll down for all the info!
Are you in the market for new suitcases for your family vacations? Find out why I’m loving my new Chester luggage set (and why you will too!)
One of the top questions I get from Marcie in Mommyland readers is about flying with kids on an airplane. Should they bring a car seat? I’ve been traveling with my kids on airplanes for the past 4 years. Some flights I’ve used a car seat. Others I’ve primarily worn a baby in my Tula baby carrier. And on other flights, I’ve simply had a child using the lap belt on the airplane. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the CARES Safety Harness. So, Kids Fly Safe sent me 2 harnesses to review on my latest flight to Hawaii. See what I think below: Post contains affiliate links.
Family Travel with Little Kids
As 2017 is coming to a close, I’ve started to look back on this year. That’s what people do this time of year, right? We spent our first full year at our new home and have established great friendships with many of our neighbors. My oldest started preschool this fall. My youngest transitioned from a newborn to a young toddler. But what stands out the most in 2017 involves our family travel.
Flying to Hawaii with a Baby & Toddler
My Mom lives on Kauai and I try to visit her at least once a year from our home in Seattle. Since my husband has limited vacation days, I usually just take my son with me.
However, this year was my first time flying solo with both my kids. And traveling with a toddler on a plane is no easy feat.
When my oldest was a baby, it was fairly easy to fly with him. I’d put him in our baby carrier and rock him to sleep. As he became a toddler, I just packed lots and lots of snacks to keep him occupied. Now my oldest is 3-years-old and he requires a bit more consideration when flying. That’s where busy bag activities come in. For our recent flight to Europe, I prepared Montessori-style busy bags to entertain him on the flight and in our hotels.
Travel With a 3-Year-Old
We’ve traveled a lot with our 3-year-old since he’s been born. We have worn him in a carrier as a lap infant. He’s traveled in both his infant car seat and his toddler seat. He has even flown without anything in his seat. When I heard about 1st Class Kid travel pillow, I knew I needed to check it out. (Contains affiliate links.)
We flew from Seattle to San Jose last July and it was Owen’s shortest flight at just 1 hour 30 minutes. We flew on Alaska Airlines and it was a pretty good experience. Because it was a short flight (and Owen was under 2), we had Owen on our lap. Without asking, a seasoned flight attendant gave us extra pretzels, a cup to put them in and extra napkins! This entertained Owen for quite a bit of time! We also were glad that we brought our Boba Carrier because he (and my husband) took a short nap on the flight down.