Flying away to your dream vacation? If you’re travelling with a tot, the flying itself can be more of a nightmare instead. Take a tip or two from Taxi Baby about flying with kids.
“A common misconception is that many airlines have banned booster seats – not true,” says Elise Mawson, the founder and principal safety technician of Taxi Baby. The real issue: Booster seats only work with three-point seatbelts, so they cannot be used in any vehicles with lap-only seatbelts. More on booster seats and safety options later.
Qantas and Jetstar have also recently banned sleeping devices, which attach directly to seats or between rows, and may block access to seats, aisles or equipment. “If you’re unclear about whether you can bring sleeping devices onboard, speak to your airline before buying tickets,” she suggests.
NEXT: Take strollers into account →
Consider if you should check-in a full-size stroller, or carry-on a travel stroller. Elise recommends ones that lay flat and fit within carry-on baggage limits. “If your destination is not strollerfriendly, consider a strap-on carrier or vest,” she says.
The foldable Mountain Buggy Nano stroller ($499), available on Taxi Baby, easily fits into carry-on spaces in planes, trains and cars. It has a full-sized seat that has a multi-height padded safety harness.
NEXT: Prevent ear-popping →
Your child’s ears can be vulnerable during takeoffs and landings. Prevent blocked ears in your little one by breast- or bottlefeeding during these times, or giving him or her a dummy to suck, as swallowing helps open up Eustachian tubes the middle ear.
NEXT: Go with the flow →
Dealing with immigration and baggage control with a kiddo in tow can be stressful, says Elise, who admits that she used to try rushing through terminals to beat immigration and taxi queues. “This adds stress when you’re travelling with kids. Instead, assume there will be delays and roll with it.”
NEXT: Safety solutions →
The RideSafer Delight Travel Vest (from $229, pictured) is a wearable restraint that secures your tot in a seatbelt in cars or planes. There are two sizes available: one for kids aged 3 to 5 years; another for those aged 6 to 10.
The challenge? If your tot is big enough for their own seat, but not quite large enough yet to fit into the plane seatbelts. The convenient CARES Harness ($175) is designed for such situations on airplanes.
NEXT: Safety solutions →
The Cosco Scenera NEXT (from $239) car seat is one of the lightest seats on the market at 3 kilogrammes. It is compatible with the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller or other strollers with a frame- or strap-style universal car seat adapter.
NEXT: Know your airline’s policy →
By Andre Theng, The Finder Kids (Vol. 20), September 2017
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