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Travelling with kids made easy

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 4:23pm

Are you heading away on holidays with your little one? Sometimes it’s easier not to travel with a small baby but there is no reason to limit your choices. Sunway Travel’s Tanya Airey has some tips to help you and baby fly this summer. Airlines allow babies to fly from two weeks old, so they can start early while there is only two years where babies fly for free so make the most of it!

 

Most airlines allow you to board first with babies and small children. You can get your gear into the overhead bins and have snacks, bottles etc to hand. Some airports are better than others in relation to security lines – in Marrakech Menara Airport, there’s a family only passport control line, and in Barcelona there’s a family security line with little playpens to put babies in so they can’t run way.

 

This doesn’t have to restrict your options though. You can fly direct to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Doha from Dublin. If you time it right, the baby will sleep on the flight making it quite doable.

 

Book a bassinet for long haul flights. It’s much more relaxing for you all if baby can sleep in an airline bassinet. These bassinets fasten to the bulkheads. Book early, as airlines are limited in the number of bassinets they have and so can never guarantee in advance that you will get one. Book an aisle seat in advance so you can quickly and easily get to the bathroom.

At Club Med, you can avail of Baby Club Med, a space created exclusively for children aged 4-23 months of age. Outdoor walks, nursery rhymes, motor skill techniques, music appreciation - the activities are adapted to the age of each child, but also to the seasons and the surroundings.

 

Salou, Portugal and Majorca are short flights and short transfer times to various resorts.

 

You will have more space, more air, more personal service and a nicer experience all round on a half-empty flight.

 

You can bring these right up to the gate and it will be ready for you when you land. Just get a baggage tag at check-in.

 

Keep baby hydrated because airplanes are drying. Best to feed your baby at take-off and landing – giving them something to suck on to help relieve air pressure.

 

To keep baby entertained, bring books and toys to keep their attention. Remember to leave home anything that squeaks loudly or makes noises—the other passengers will thank you.

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