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Toddler Air Travel

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

What’s awesome about traveling with a kid under 2? They fly for free and all of the bells and whistles that go with them are usually free to check. Double awesome. These are basically the only perks about flying with your toddler, unless they are seen and not heard (hahaha, people say stuff like this!). I’m probably being a little bit dramatic, it really wasn’t that terrible. It was far easier when Josiah was only 9 months old as opposed to 15 months old, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Our son is an active little guy, and as you all know, the airport is just a busy place. Josiah wants to walk around and people watch, but some areas are so people dense that this just wasn’t an option. He is also a big fan of walking ANYWHERE you don’t want him to actually walk. Josiah is pretty independent, he won’t even hold your hand unless he needs help getting down from somewhere.Him wanting to forge his own path through the airport, to anywhere other than our terminal ended in tantrums. Because who wants to be held when you can walk? Amidst one of these meltdowns another amazing momma was passing us in the opposite direction, and she said the most refreshing thing one parent could say to another, “I’m glad I’m not the only one.” PREACH! Her son threw a tantrum within seconds of the short exchange.

What to Carry on

Snacks, an array of snacks. We packed all of Josiah’s favorites: veggie sticks, bunny grahams, cheddar bunnies, and some handy puréed fruit pouches


Blanket. This helped because I was breastfeeding and don’t like to be cold, or I forget to wear a tank top underneath my shirt and I’m practically naked when breastfeeding which I do not enjoy in public. If you are cool with it, go on with your bad self!

Diapers and wipes, of course! A change of clothes for your child, or two. You will have to decide on how much. Our son poops once a day, and we don’t deal with explodi