An airplane ride with a baby or toddler is possible. Find out how
Joanne Roberts flew from Toronto to Hong Kong with her son Finn when he was just seven weeks old. That was his first international journey on an airplane, but far from his last. By the time he was a year old, Finn had been on 42 flights.
“It was just one of those things — my husband and I were both looking for new jobs, so we were travelling a lot for job interviews, and we went to Malaysia to visit relatives as well,” she says. “The first year is a great time to travel. A baby just wakes up and thinks: Where am I? Oh, I’m in my mother’s arms, so everything’s OK.”
Kim Ryan hasn’t logged nearly that many miles in the air with her children, but her daughter, Ellie, was also seven weeks old on her first flight. Flying for her was a positive solution for a baby who hated being in the car: “The rest of the family was driving to Montreal from Guelph, Ont., but Ellie was so horrible in the car that I figured flying would be easier. And it was. In a plane, you can have them on your lap and you can feed them, play with them, change them, whatever they need. I find it so much easier.”