Tips For Flying With Toddlers/Kids

Thank you Fly Tot for sponsoring this post; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Flying with your child can sound super scary, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. The first time I flew with Izzy she was 4 months old and I pretty much nursed her anytime she was upset…so it was “easy”. Once your baby becomes more of an explorer (& especially once they get their own seat) these tips will come in handy.

1. Coloring

We love color wonder markers and scented crayons. The color wonder keeps from Izzy from making a mess and the scented crayons make coloring a little more interesting.

2. Toys

We brought just a few small toys for Izzy in her carry on, along with tiny travel sizes of play doh.

3. Fly Tot

This is one of those inventions you wish you thought of. But honestly this was our first time having Izzy fly with her own seat. You know what, we wanted to utilize that space. So when I saw the Fly Tot I had to give it a whirl. Guys it’s super lightweight, easy to inflate and deflate and honestly a must for flying with kids. It acts as a seat extender for your child when flying. This way they can lay down and sleep during those early morning or late night flights. They can even lay on their back and watch a movie on their iPad, like Izzy did. Or they can lay on their tummy and have extra space to color, play and snack.

Here is Izzy passed out on our very early morning flight utilizing her extra seat space.

Keep in mind you are to inflate the Fly Tot after take off. Here are some FAQs that may be helpful if you have questions. Fly Tot is accepted on over 50 airlines worldwide. So I highly suggest you try it out. We will be bringing it with us every flight from here on out!

4. Snacks

Snacks a must at home and out and about, so of course they are a must when flying! I typically bring 4-5 types of snacks Izzy likes and a little treat. A treat for her is gummies or recently we flew around the holidays the mini candy canes. She loves them! If your child is near melt down mode the treat will come in handy. Chose your battles guys, and I suggest not to battle on a plane. I also always check (put snacks in a checked bag) a bunch of snacks for Izzy too so I have some to restock the bag for flying home and have her favorite snacks while we are on vacation.

6. Favorite Cup

You will want to pack a favorite cup for your child. Although the cup needs to be empty as you go through security, you’ll want it later to fill up. Once on the plane or in the airport before heading to the gate I’ll get water to fill Izzy’s water bottle/spill proof cup with.

7. Electronics

Izzy has an iPad. Yes I’m THAT parent! She gets to use the iPad in the car or traveling on a plane, in the airport etc. If you let your kid use it all the time they won’t be as excited or engaged when you hand it over. Plus… they really shouldn’t be staring at a screen all day.

Let me know if you have tried any of these or if you have any tips for me! Happy Traveling!

XO Eryka

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Great tips! That fly tot looks like a lifesaver. I’m a ‘make sure we never run out of snacks’ traveler!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      It was amazing! Def a lifesaver

  2. livewellplaytogether says:

    This looks so awesome! I love all of your suggestions and this Fly Tot! I’ve never seen it before, but it looks like a gem for flying! I love how it gives the kids their own little space!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Omg it’s amazing & yes it helped so much

  3. I’m sad I didn’t know about the Fly Tot or those other inflatable seats before we took my 2 year old to Vienna! She would have appreciated it. Great tips!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Omg it made a huge difference

  4. jmusselman8 says:

    Ok Fly Tot looks there an adult size?! My youngest son would really benefit from this product.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Right? Lol yes it was awesome

  5. That FlyTot looks amazing, wow! I think we flew with my son for the first time when he was around a month old and then continued to fly with him several times during his first two years. And then we moved closer to family and none of his siblings have ever been on a plane and he doesn’t remember any of those trips, of course, lol. Oh well.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Lol ya we have flown Izzy prob 1-2 times a year … she finally needed her own seat & she’s so busy! This flytot helped a ton

  6. kezemi says:

    I am THAT parent who lets my kids use an iPad to play games or watch movies on a LONG trip. Lol! I just find it fair and understandable because I get super bored during trips too and find myself on my phone hahaha!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yup same! Izzy gets her iPad in the car or airplanes

  7. These are great tips! That fly tot looks so cool, definitely checking it out next time we fly!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes it’s something we will be using every time!

  8. That Fly Tot looks like a life changer! So cool!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Such a life changer!!!

  9. says:

    Would love to use something like the Flytot, but Virgin Atlantic don’t allow sleep devices on their planes.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Interesting, it’s useable in the us before & after take off

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