Traveling with a Toddler

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How Should Airlines Handle an Out of Control Young Child

You may have recently seen, or at least heard, about the video of a young child who reportedly had an eight-hour tantrum on a Lufthansa flight from Germany to Newark. I watched the video, and have had a hard time figuring out how to address it here in a constructive and ethical way. I feel absolutely terrible for the child, his parents, and everyone else around them on that flight. I’m not going to link to the video as it…

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Mom’s Breast Milk Missing from Checked Bag

When everything works as it should, nursing your baby can be special, healthy, simple, and mutually beneficial, but it gets very tiring and very complicated quickly when modern day life intercedes. If you, your partner, or a close member of your circle hasn’t yet nursed a little one for a period of time, I doubt I can adequately describe how much of a challenge it can be when what is an evolutionary biological norm hits 2018 working parent life. I…

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Final Free Flight as a Two Year Old Costs a Family Hundreds of Dollars

Most family travelers probably know that the second birthday is one that is met with cheers and celebration, but also perhaps a small tear as it is the line of demarcation between being able to fly for free as a lap baby and having to buy a full blown seat. The United States-based airlines require you to purchase a seat for your child as soon as they turn two even if that means that they potentially flew for free on…

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Tips for Flying With a Two Year Old

Gone are the days of putting on your headphones, getting lost in a good book, and sipping on a gin and tonic, now you are traveling with kids and crusing at 36,000 feet takes on a whole new set of rules. To help ensure smooth sailing with your toddler, here are some tried and tested tips when flying with a two-year-old…

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Important Thing for Families to Check Before Flying for Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving is actually not one of the absolute busiest flying days of the year, though it is certainly busy and potentially stressful. The busiest air travel dates in this country are traditionally in the summer, but Thanksgiving travel can be more complicated than summer travel with winter weather in play and more leisure travelers and families hitting the skies than on some other dates.   If you are flying this week with your family, the number one…

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Tales From Flying Solo With Two Children

Unless I am forgetting a flight somewhere along the line, I think yesterday was my first time flying with both of my little kids at the same time without any other adults along for the ride. I’ve flown solo with each child individually a number of times, but never both at the same time. The journey started out a little rocky but ended with smiles and smooth sailing thanks to luck, airline lounges, and some toddler travel training along the…

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Airline Gets Car Seat Rules Wrong Again, You Get Them Right!

It is the start of the Thanksgiving travel week when lots of families will hit the airports and the skies to go visit family, escape family, and hopefully make lots of fun memories in the process. One memory that no one wants to make is an unpleasant exchange with airline staff about a car seat. I have a few of those unfortunate memories myself, and when I fly solo with both of my children this weekend (for the first time,…

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New Singapore First Class Suites: Family Friendly Double Bed in the Sky

I’ve seen a number of articles and press releases about the big unveiling of the brand new Singapore Airlines A380 seats and cabins this week, with a special emphasis on their now even larger than before over-the-top First Class Suites, and I have to admit I’m pretty impressed. I don’t get overly jazzed with minute details like a new china or amenity kit manufacturer or exactly the precise percentage of recline and swiveling, but the concept of being able to use…

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Flying in a Private Plane With a Two Year Old

I think it is pretty clear at this point that the coolest airline miles related promotion I have ever participated in (and potentially will ever participate in) came thanks to JetSmarter earlier this summer. They offered three months of free Simple membership to anyone who could prove they had either top tier airline elite status or a million airline miles. Simple membership gets you a free seat on their scheduled shuttle flights of three in length hours or less and…

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