A ELTERN expert shared a top tip for a hassle-free airport experience when traveling with young children.
Sophie Pickles, parenting coach and early years expert, narrates munchkins her top tips for stress-free flying with small children.
And by storing your child’s liquids in a separate and easy-to-access bag, you’ll save valuable time at security checks.
She said: “Pack breast milk, formula or children’s liquids such as Calpol or medicines in a separate lunch box or cooler bag, attach them to your carry-on luggage and carry them through security separately.
“These are things they always check at security. That way you avoid them having to stand in a separate queue so they can check your entire bag.”
According to the Government websiteParents are allowed to take unlimited baby food and breast milk into the cabin as long as each container is no larger than 2L.
However, frozen breast milk is not allowed and the family must be traveling with an infant in order to be allowed on board.
Sophie also had some excellent advice on when feeding time comes during a flight – as parents may not know that flight crew can warm breast milk on the plane.
She explained: “Make sure the breast milk is at room temperature before you go and serve it as is.
“Or if you prefer to serve warm, ask the flight attendant for a cup of warm water and either mix your formula with it, or if you’re using pump bags, infuse in the cup for a few minutes.”
If for some reason you can’t heat it up on the plane, a dad has one other advice for a makeshift warmer.
Alex, 38, said: “We realized we could also ask for some hot water which they use to make tea and coffee in a separate cup.
“So we put the milk bottle in there for a few minutes and hey presto, warm milk.”
Also, try to set feeding times for takeoff and landing – Sophie added: “Breastfeed or bottle during takeoff and landing to prevent little ears from popping.
“This is easier when your little one is already sitting on your lap, which is often the case when they are under two years old.
“Toddlers can use a sippy cup with milk, water, or diluted juice to encourage them to keep drinking until they’re airborne or back on the tarmac.”
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