11 Essentials To Make Flying With Young Kids A Snap

Primo Lapbaby Belt

Showcased at this year’s JPMA Baby Expo, this ingenious device straps your infant-in-arms to your lap when seated. That means you get both hands free to eat pretzels and sip tiny cups of soda, airplane seatbelt fits more comfortably over both you and the kid. It weighs less than a pound, folds up and stows in its own carrying case, and has an attached tether for toys and pacifiers. It fits babies 3-months-old and up and dude’s whose pants aren’t bigger than 54 inches.


Snug Play+ Folding Headphones

The beauty of the Snug Play+ headphones, other than they allow your kids to watch Wild Kratzwithout everybody on the plane staring you down, is that they fold up to fit in your carry-on. Plus, the comfortable cans automatically limit the volume to protect your kid’s ears and rock a sharing port so you can plug in another pair of headphones ⏤ in case you to have a second child in tow or just want to watch PBS, too. They’re made for ages 3 to 9 and come in one of 14 festive colors.


Fly-Tot Inflatable Airplane Cushion

Like BedBox, Fly-Tot wants to help your kid get some solid sack time on long flights. Essentially, it’s a 21-inch-tall inflatable ottoman that transforms the airplane seat into a toddler bed. It sits on the floor between most economy and premium economy seats, and inflates in less than three minutes using the accompanying foot pump. It’s built for kids up to 4-feet, 7-inches (or 165 pounds), and the new model which debuted this spring also includes a carry-on strap.


Kids Fly Safe CARES Airplane Harness

Your kid just turned two-years-old and to celebrate, you get to buy them their own plane ticket. Oh, goodie. The only problem ⏤ other than that you just paid $400 a 2-year-old to fly ⏤ is that the airplane seatbelt isn’t likely to fit properly. It’s designed for adults. Similar to the mifold portable booster seat for cars, the CARES aviation restraint system ensures that kids age 1 year to 44 lbs. (or 40-inches tall) are safely secured in their seat. It’s certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an alternative to a car seat and involves simply attaching a harness to the existing belt. Better still, it weighs 1 lb. and fits into its own 6-inch stuff sack. Peace of mind has never been so convenient.


Paperclip Diaper Bag

Millions of people walk through airports every day. Do you really want to change your baby’s diaper on the floor next the gate agent? Paperclip is a handsome dude-friendly backpack diaper bag with an attached, fold-out changing station. Designed by a couple of dads and unveiled at last year’s ABC Expo, it comes in two styles with names that resemble a morning zoo crew, the Bear and the Willow. It also has an outside-accessible laptop compartment and can easily convert into a messenger bag.

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Abiie HUGGS Baby Carrier With Hip Seat

It’s a big travel debate for new parents: Stroller or carrier? What’s the easier way to tote that baby through the airport? If you lean carrier, then take a look at Abiie’s innovative new HUGGS ⏤ it just debuted at JPMA and is designed with an ergonomic built-in kid seat. It allows for four different carrying positions ⏤ front inward and outward, back, and hip ⏤ and rocks a decisively dad-friendly aesthetic, both in terms of color (gray and beige) and material (breathable mesh). Best of all, it only weighs 3.7-lbs. and is easy to stuff underneath the seatback in front of you.

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