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Flying with toddlers: helpful tips

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- Have a jacket for them. One airport was freaking HOT, another was freezing cold. A sweater, a jacket, a sweatshirt, something that they can throw on and off.

- Bring your own snacks. A package of crackers does not cost $4 (and I'm talking ONE SLEEVE of Ritz) anywhere in the world except an airport. Bring your own. You are allowed to bring as much food as you want (just remember the liquids policy, which includes applesauce, peanut butter, pudding, etc).


- Do a final diaper change BEFORE YOU BOARD. Oh my god, changing a diaper (just a wet one) was so incredibly cramped in that tiny airplane bathroom. We were cutting it close with our connecting flight so there wasn't time and I had to do it on the plane. And if you have a dirty diaper, put it in a ziploc bag and close it as quickly as you can because that smell is going to get to the whole plane before you know it and the passangers and crew will know exactly who it came from.


For example, it might not be a good idea to take your toddler who is in a very tantrumy phase to fly in business class, even if you can afford it. Because people have paid $8000+ so that they can rest and get some work done. And maybe consider if the kids aren't at the right stage for travelling. And keep in mind that all those others on the plane don't love or care about your children. So - yah- even if they are generally nice people, it may not make them "a-holes" (as per the article) if they get frustrated by a constantly crying baby.

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