I thought I would just have a chat today about flying with kids – from tiny babies to almost adults…My eldest son has just turned 18, he first flew at 4 months old, similarly my other two, flew at 3 months and 4 months and of course we traveled as a family of five. Now I wonder how my husband and I ever did it. The worst and most exhausting experience was probably flying from Portland, Oregon to London in 2004 when we had two car seats, a booster seat as well as a double stroller and all our luggage in tow. In those days too I was laden with all the different food stages from a 4 month old to an almost five year old – oh and the mounds of diapers/nappies and changing them in an airplane bathroom… It certainly wasn’t a trip for the feint of heart and then we had to do it all again on the return.
One trip that seemed to need a lot of organizing was a cruise we took around SE Asia with my eldest son who was just about a year old in 2000. Not being sure that I would be able to buy any diapers/nappies or baby food I must have filled up a suitcase with just those items. We had a lot of fun though pushing him around in his stroller on the many excursions we took. Now of course we are even past the youngest one kicking the backs of the airplane seats, and somehow it all seems too easy when no one complains or tries to make a tunnel out of seats in the departure area. The kids will always have their travel memories and so will I!
Fun Tip: We always bought seats and put the kids in their car seats. The car seats were also used in our hire car.
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