Airplane Safety Tips for Small Children
Until a child grows to 40 lbs or more, they need to be secure in a FAA-approved car safety seat appropriate for age, weight and height of the child. Many booster seats are not approved so check here for the one you want.
Children under 2 can be held in your lap. For a long haul flight, we recommend that you book a seat for the infant and use an approved car safety seat.
Older children should be supervised by an adult at all times. Do not let a small child wander the aisles of the aircraft where they could encounter a hazard of some kind.
Children should have shoes on if they walk with you around the aircraft to protect their feet from broken glass or other sharp objects.
Do not have a small child in an aisle seat. If their arms or legs are exposed they can get injured by drink/meal carts or adults using the aisle.
Consult your pediatrician if you are traveling within two weeks of having an ear ache. Ear discomfort due to pressure changes during takeoff and landing can be mitigated by drinking from a bottle, drinking with a straw or chewing gum.
Take all child medications or dietary items in a carry-on. You may need them and you don’t want them to get sidetracked by a flight delay or as lost luggage. Bring copies of prescriptions and special instructions for any condition that you may need to communicate.
Wipe down your seat area with a disinfectant wipe. Airlines seats are notorious for being full of germs. Wipe the tray table, entertainment screen and remote, the arm rests, window shade.
At least one restroom is equipped with a changing table. Do not attempt to change diapers at your seat!!