Don't be alarmed if the airline charges you "taxes" for your baby to travel with you. I was shocked the first time we were charged, but I realize now that it is the norm for many airlines. They will add your baby's name and birth date to your reservation.
The less you pack, the less you need to lug around. Don't bring a lifetime supply of diapers with you. You will be able to purchase diapers, wipes, and baby food at your destination.
Request the bassinet row seat or get an aisle seat
Wear your baby - you can move around easer without a stroller!
Priority boarding, security & customs: use it!
Usually families travelling with small children get priority boarding - take advantage of this! You will be grateful for the extra time to get your luggage in the overhead bins before the plane becomes a human traffic jam. There are usually security lines that are family friendly as well and are used to dealing with baby items such as baby food and strollers.
For parents/guardians travelling alone with baby
I do most of my travelling alone. My husband is usually away for work and we are going to see him. With that being said, I need to travel with a letter of consent that has been notarized by our lawyer. My husband has to sign it allowing me to travel alone with our son. I have been asked for this letter so it definitely serves its purpose! Click here for detailed information about Canadian children travelling with one parent/guardian abroad on the Government of Canada website.
My favourite travel strollers
If you are purchasing a seat for your little one
If you are purchasing a seat for your little one the Jetkids Bedbox is fantastic! It turns their seat into a comfortable bed so they can rest throughout the flight. It also makes for a great play space so your baby’s toys aren’t rolling under seats or disappearing down the aisle.
For the most part, everyone is VERY friendly and helpful when you are travelling with children! I have had amazing experiences with Air Canada, WestJet, Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa and the list goes on.
If you have any questions about travelling with your baby please feel free to contact me!