Traveling with a Toddler

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Quick Family Travel Tip: When to Have Your Kids Pull Their Own Bags

There’s no one trick to making flying with a family easy, but there is a network of tips, tricks, and strategies that work together to make it as smooth as possible. One strategy we have used for years, and that seems to have really paid off, is to get our little ones pulling their own bags as early as possible. We occasionally get some strange looks as our little toddlers haul their own bags around the airport, but the sooner…

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Virgin Atlantic Makes Major Improvements to Lap Infant Award Pricing

Flying internationally with a lap infant can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, even if you are flying on miles. However, a handful of programs make it much more affordable to fly with your baby by charging a fixed number of miles when the adult is on an award ticket. Recently, Virgin Atlantic has returned to being one of those baby-friendly airlines, and things may get even better in the near term…

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The Sky is Falling? No, That’s a Piece of Airplane Landing on a Kid’s Head.

There are a number of risks and concerns when flying on a long-haul flight with a toddler, but most of them relate to the little one being over-tired, bored, squirmy, crying, or experiencing a diaper disaster. Rarely does ‘a piece of the airplane’ falling on your toddler’s head make it very high on the list of concerns. However, that seems to be exactly what happened yesterday for a one-year-old flying in seat 35L on an American Airlines 777 from Hong…

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Toddler Getting Kicked Off a Southwest Flight Is Just…Sad.

The most recent story of a toddler getting kicked off a Southwest flight is a lot of things, but mostly, it is just sad. Toddlers are not tiny adults, they are small humans with big emotions who haven’t always learned how to behave like robots. Sure you can kick off a kid who doesn’t immediately settle into their seat, but should you…

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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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