Tips for Travelling with Babies and Toddlers
Our advice for making travelling with babies and toddlers a little easier.
- If you’re flying with Air New Zealand, bassinet seats are available for babies up to eight months old and 11.8kg on many of their flights. Availability is limited so it’s a good idea to reserve one when you’re booking.
- If you normally use cloth nappies at home, it’s probably best to use disposable nappies for any flights.
- Many airlines will allow you to use your child’s car seat on a long-haul flight, provided you’ve paid for a separate seat for them and the car seat is certified for aircraft use.
- Your baby will need to sit on your lap for take-off and landing and be secured with an infant belt. After take-off you can put them into a wrap, carrier or sling if you wish to.
- Try to breastfeed your baby during take-off and landing to help their ears to adjust to the pressure changes.
- Pack plenty of entertaining toys and activities. It often pays to bring new items especially for the flight so they’re more interested in them.
- Pack things that are familiar like their favourite cuddly or soft toy, especially if your flight is during your child’s usual nap time.
- When flying with Air New Zealand, you can take a stroller and a car seat on your flight for no extra charge. They don’t count as part of your baggage allowance. If you have a completely collapsible single stroller that will fit in the overhead compartment, you can bring it all the way into the aircraft on most flights.
- Keep your child hydrated with milk or water throughout the flight.
Every child requires a passport when travelling overseas – even newborns. Visit passports.govt.nz to apply.
- Always use an approved car seat that is suitable for your child’s age, size, and development.
- Use a window shade to keep the sun from shining in your child’s face.
- Pack plenty of snacks, drinks, toys and activities.
- Make regular rest stops for bathroom breaks and to give your child some time out of the car when travelling long distances.
- Book accommodation that is appropriate for children. Unless you plan to go to bed at the same time as your tamariki while you’re travelling, it’s best to opt for self-contained units, apartments or rental homes with separate bedrooms and living areas.
- Ask your accommodation to arrange for baby furniture items to be available, including a portacot, highchair and pram (if you haven’t brought your own).
- Make sure to pack hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser and baby wipes.