Are you planning to jet off somewhere hot and sunny this summer? At PreciousLittleOne, we know that it can sometimes be difficult to understand the rules when flying with a baby, and that you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of travelling with your little one, especially if it is your first time taking them abroad.

If you are currently thinking about booking your first family holiday, in our latest blog post we take a look at the key things you need to keep in mind when flying with a baby and offer some useful tips to make your holiday a breeze. Why not read on to get yourself fully up to speed?

 

UK Airlines Guide: Flying With a Baby Rules

Did you know that different airlines have different infant/children policies? Here, we take a look at the different policies of some of the most popular airlines in more detail, and also give them a rating out of 5 for how baby-friendly they are!

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Easyjet

Baby-Friendly Rating:
How old does my baby need to be to fly?

To fly with EasyJet your baby needs to be over 14 days old.

Do I get priority boarding?

If your children are aged under 5, you will get priority boarding.

How many baby items can I take?

You can take two items for free.

Can I choose my seats in advance?

Yes, for a fee you can choose your seats in advance.

Is there an infant charge?

There is an infant charge at a cost of £25 per flight.

Does my toddler pay adult ticket prices?

If your child is over 2 years old, you will pay the price of an adult ticket.

How can I sit my family?

If your child is younger than 2 years old, they can travel on your lap or on their own seat with a car seat. If they are older than 2 years old, they need to have their own seat.

What is the children’s cabin bag and hold luggage policy?

If your child is sat on your lap, you are only allowed an additional baby changing bag (45x36x20cm). If they have their own seat, you are allowed a cabin bag (56x45x25cm) plus a changing bag (45x36x20cm).

Is there entertainment on board?

Yes, there are puzzles and games on board to keep your little one entertained!

Can I bring baby food?

Yes, you can bring milk or sterilised water for babies in containers over 100ml, but the total amount must not exceed 1 litre.

 

Jet2.com

Baby-Friendly Rating:
How old does my baby need to be to fly?

To fly with Jet2.com your baby needs to be over 14 days old.

Do I get priority boarding?

It is unclear from their policy if you will get priority boarding when travelling with your baby.

How many baby items can I take?

You can take items to a total maximum weight of 10kg for free.

Can I choose my seats in advance?

Yes, for a fee you can choose your seats in advance.

Is there an infant charge?

There is an infant charge at a cost of £20 per flight.

Does my toddler pay adult ticket prices?

If your child is over 2 years old, you will pay the price of an adult ticket.

How can I sit my family?

If your child is younger than 2 years old, they can travel on your lap or on their own seat with a car seat. If they are older than 2 years old, they need to have their own seat.

What is the children’s cabin bag and hold luggage policy?

If your child is sat on your lap, you are not given a luggage allowance for them. If they have their own seat, you are allowed hand baggage (56x45x25cm).

Is there entertainment on board?

Toys and activity packs are available from the in-flight shopping magazine on board to keep your little one entertained!

Can I bring baby food?

Yes you can, but baby milk and foods may be required to be tasted or tested by the responsible adult/airport security prior to boarding.

 

Ryanair

Baby-Friendly Rating:
How old does my baby need to be to fly?

To fly with Ryanair your baby needs to be over 8 days old.

Do I get priority boarding?

If you are travelling with your baby you will not get priority boarding unless you purchase the Family Plus Package.

How many baby items can I take?

You can take items 2 items for free.

Can I choose my seats in advance?

Yes, for a fee you can choose your seats in advance, and Ryanair allows a free allocated seat to children too.

Is there an infant charge?

There is an infant charge at a cost of £25 per flight.

Does my toddler pay adult ticket prices?

If your child is over 2 years old, you will pay the price of an adult ticket.

How can I sit my family?

If your child is younger than 2 years old, they can travel on your lap or on their own seat with a car seat. If they are older than 2 years old, they need to have their own seat.

What is the children’s cabin bag and hold luggage policy?

If your child is sat on your lap, they have no cabin baggage allowance. However, an accompanying adult can carry an additional baby bag up to 5kg (45x35x20cm). If your child has their own seat, they can take a small cabin bag (40cm x 20cm x 25cm).

Is there entertainment on board?

Unfortunately, there is no entertainment on board for children.

Can I bring baby food?

Yes, you are allowed to carry as much baby milk, powdered milk, sterilised water and baby food as required for your flight, even if this exceeds the usual limit on liquids.

 

Thomas Cook

Baby-Friendly Rating:
How old does my baby need to be to fly?

To fly with Thomas Cook your baby needs to have a doctor’s certificate if they are aged between 7 and 14 days old. Babies over 15 days old don’t need one.

Do I get priority boarding?

It is unclear from their policy if you will get priority boarding when travelling with your baby.

How many baby items can I take?

You can take items 2 items for free.

Can I choose my seats in advance?

Yes, for a fee you can choose your seats in advance.

Is there an infant charge?

There is an infant charge per-flight, which varies depending on the duration:
Short-haul (<3 hours): £25; Medium-haul (3-7 hours): £35; Long-haul (>7 hours): £50

Does my toddler pay adult ticket prices?

If your child is over 2 years old, you will pay the price of an adult ticket.

How can I sit my family?

If your child is younger than 2 years old, they can travel on your lap or on their own seat with a car seat. If they are older than 2 years old, they need to have their own seat.

What is the children’s cabin bag and hold luggage policy?

If your child is sat on your lap, they will receive a free check-in baggage allowance of 10kg, but no hand baggage allowance. If they have their own seat, they will also receive a hand baggage allowance of 8kgs.

Is there entertainment on board?

Yes, there are movies and cartoons on board to keep your child entertained!

Can I bring baby food?

Yes, you are allowed to bring milk or sterilised water for babies in containers over 100ml, but the total amount must not exceed 1 litre.

 

British Airways

Baby-Friendly Rating:
How old does my baby need to be to fly?

To fly with British Airways your baby needs to be over 48 hours old.

Do I get priority boarding?

Yes, you will receive priority boarding.

How many baby items can I take?

You can take items 2 items for free.

Can I choose my seats in advance?

Yes, for a fee you can choose your seats in advance.

Is there an infant charge?

There is an infant charge per-flight, which varies depending on whether they sit on your lap or not:
If on lap: 10% of the adult fare;
If own seat: 75% of the adult fare.

Does my toddler pay adult ticket prices?

No – if your child is under 11 years old, they will pay 75% of the adult fare.

How can I sit my family?

If your baby is under 2 years old, they can travel on your lap or in their own seat with a car seat. If they are over 2 years old they can have their own seat. Plus on long haul flights, you can book a child seat / carrycot for free.

What is the children’s cabin bag and hold luggage policy?

If your child is under 2 years old, they can take 1 cabin bag for items required during the flight (56 x 45 x 25cm). If they are older than 2, they can take 1 handbag/laptop bag (40 x 30 x 15cm) plus 1 additional cabin bag (56 x 45 x 25cm).

Is there entertainment on board?

Yes, there are movies, TV and games on board to keep your child entertained!

Can I bring baby food?

Yes, you are allowed to bring milk and formula in baby bottles, which can exceed the liquid measure restrictions.

 

Virgin Atlantic

Baby-Friendly Rating:
How old does my baby need to be to fly?

To fly with Virgin Atlantic your baby needs to be over 48 hours old.

Do I get priority boarding?

Depending on the package you have booked, you may receive priority boarding.

How many baby items can I take?

You can take a pushchair and car seat for free.

Can I choose my seats in advance?

Yes, depending on the package you have booked you can reserve your seats for free.

Is there an infant charge?

There is an infant charge per-flight, which varies depending on whether they sit on your lap or not:
If on lap: 10% of the adult fare;
If own seat: 75% – 85% of the adult fare.

Does my toddler pay adult ticket prices?

No – if your child is under 11 years old they may offer discounts between 25% and 50%.

How can I sit my family?

If your baby is under 2 years old, they can travel on your lap or in their own seat with a car seat. If they are over 2 years old they can have their own seat. Plus on long haul flights, you can book a child seat / carrycot for free, and on longer journeys you can also request a cot.

What is the children’s cabin bag and hold luggage policy?

If your child is under 2 years old, they can take 1 bag up to 6kg. If they are older than 2, they can take 1 cabin bag (23 x 36 x 56cm).

Is there entertainment on board?

Yes, there are movies, TV and games on board to keep your child entertained!

Can I bring baby food?

If you’re bringing baby food, milk or formula in your hand baggage, make sure you read about the airport security guidance on how much and what you can bring in advance.

 
 

Tips for Flying With a Baby

If you are travelling with babies, toddlers or children, here are some key tips to keep in mind to make sure your journey and holiday goes as hassle free as possible:

Having a sturdy pushchair is vital for making sure that you can get around with ease. For your convenience, choose a lightweight stroller with compact fold for easy storage and transportation, like the KinderKraft Lite Up Pushchair.

If you are travelling with a newborn or young baby, Car Seats will help to keep your baby safe and secure in the air, as well as on the road. The Joie i-Gemm Car Seat, for example, is a lightweight option which meets most airlines regulations.

Mealtimes are bound to go a lot more smoothly by taking a portable booster chair with you on your travels. We love the iSafe Yummy Luv, an ultra-light booster seat with fold-flat closing system and carry bag, making it the perfect travel accessory.

Plus, don’t forget about playtime – whether you’re going on holiday by car, plane or train, or just need something to keep your little one occupied during a day at the beach, make sure you take some toys and play equipment with you!

 

We hope that our latest blog has helped to put your mind at rest and made the prospect of travelling with your little one this summer much easier. Remember, you can find anything you need for your little one and your holiday travels in the PreciousLittleOne shop – why not have a browse?

 

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About the author: Lucy

Lucy is our youngest regular contributor at 24 and has recently welcomed her first child, Charlotte, only 3 months ago. As a single mum living in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, she's a huge fan of photography, cycling, and all things DIY - when she has time, of course.

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