Flying with twins or triplets or more – Tips to make your flight easier

Flying with triplets

Are you planning a holiday?  Or perhaps you need to fly to attend a family event.  Don’t worry, the trip won’t be as bad as you think.  Here are some tips to ensure a smooth flight when you are flying with twins or triplets or more.

Flying with twins or triplets or more – Tips to make your flight easier

Consider your routine and the timing of the flights

Look at your routine and try to choose a flight time that suits your routine the best.  Stick to their usual routine as much as possible i.e if you feed, wrap, sleep, then do the same on the plane.  Hopefully the white noise of the aircraft hum may help them sleep.

ID for under twos

For babies under two, you may be asked for proof of their age.   Consider carrying their government issued baby book a certified copy of their birth certificates.  The airline check in staff may request proof of their date of birth and can even deny boarding, which you don’t want.

Child Restraints

Car seats may be taken on-board if they are approved for air travel (check with your airline for more information).  An airline seat must be purchased in order to be able to use a car seat on-board.   Another option is a CARES harnesses.

Bassinets

If you require bassinets, they must be pre-booked.  Bassinets only suit up until certain weight and are only available on certain planes.   Check with the airline for more information.

Airline seats

Some airlines allow both the rear and the forward doors to be used.  Seats near an exit will make disembarking with multiple (fidgety and impatient!) children so much easier.  Seats near an exit also are closer to the toilets.

Every person on-board (including infants) requires access to an oxygen mask.  Depending on how many people and babies/children you are travelling with and due to the configuration of the plane you are travelling on, you may be seated across the aisle from one another.   While this may be inconvenient, it is law that everyone has access to an oxygen mask.

Travelling on your own with infant multiples

If you need to travel on your own with your multiple infants only one is allowed “on your knee”, regardless of their age.  Each additional infant must occupy a seat, for which the applicable child fare must be paid.  They must also be able to sit upright without assistance.  Or you may need for them to travel in an approved Child Restraint.  Another option is to purchase a seat for someone (friend or relative) to travel with you.

Travelling with twins

Getting to and from the airport

Driving – Airport parking is getting cheaper, just double check it’s not an “off site” parking lot.  As this will require you to catch a mini bus from the car park to the airport.

Taxis/Ubers – Check the local rules per state, as they differ.  Some states done require car seats in taxis, others do.  You may be able to request a taxi with a car seat, or alternatively you  may be allowed to put your own seats in the taxi.   In some Uber types you can request an Uber with child seats.

Getting from the taxi to the plane

This will vary from airport to airport and airline to airline.  Sometimes they may let you take your pram to the gate.  Or some airports may have airport strollers you can borrow.  If all else fails you will need to carry/wear your multiples.   One annoying (but necessary) thing to be aware of is that you will need to take your babies out of the pram or carriers to go through security.

One thing to consider, depending on the age of your multiples and the size and cost of your pram, is that you may want to consider just taking two single cheap strollers.  Single strollers are so much easier to manoeuvre in crowded area.  Plus it means you won’t get all the questions that come with multiples!!!  Obviously this will only work if you are travelling with enough adults.  If you do take your own pram, rest assured the airline will take utmost care with your pram.  However, like all luggage, there is always a chance it may get broken or go missing.

On the plane

The airline staff may not be able to assist you as you board or deplane as that is one of their busiest times.

Consider using car seat protectors, even if they are toilet trained, just for peace of mind.  Or alternatively nappy pants could be useful for the flight.  There will be many times when the “fasten seatbelt” sign is on throughout the flight.  And toddlers being toddlers, will no doubt need to go to the toilet at this time.

If you are using nappies, pack in ziplock bags several ‘grab and go’ basic nappy changing packs.  Be prepared and pop them in the seat pocket in front of you.   Don’t leave them in your bag in the overhead compartments.  Ensure you take a change of top at least for each adult, as even if your children aren’t usually vomiters, they may get airsick.

If you have older multiples and a long flight, consider wrapping up their ‘entertainment’ in colourful paper, like presents.  They love the ‘surprise’ concept. You can drip feed it to them during the flight.  Cheap ideas could be a toy or book from the $2.00 shop, small playdoh, a matchbox car, colouring in, sticker sheets, tub etc.  Anything you don’t mind ‘losing’.

Most other passengers will be very understanding of people travelling with babies – particularly several little babies.  Remember, you paid your money, the same as them.  Even the “best” kids have tough moments.

Rest easy – this is the one place that you can practically guarantee people won’t give you dirty looks for giving your children access to an iPad or Tablet device.

Flying with twins

Take off and landing

The cabin pressure can hurt little ears, especially as they don’t grasp the concept on how to help “pop” them.  To help them, offer them something to suck – breast, bottle or bottle of water or dummy if not a feed time. If a bit older, suggestions include a food pouch or a lolly pop.

Food and drink

Snacks!  Take lots of snacks!   If you have ordered a special meal i.e. child or infant meal, call the airline to confirm it.  In regards to the adult meals, consider ordering one ‘special’ meal as that generally comes out first (i.e. vegetarian). One person can then quickly eat their meal so there is always one person able to help the children with their meal.  It is worthwhile taking some backup food (sandwiches or pre-made food pouches etc), just in case they decide they don’t like the food provided.

 

Air travel can be very dehydrating, particularly for little ones.  Make sure you offer water frequently.  But remember that the change in cabin pressure will cause a build-up in your water bottle.  Many an unsuspecting parent or nearby passenger has been sprayed with water upon opening a child’s water bottle.

Thankfully liquid restrictions on domestic flights don’t exist.  This means you can take all the formula, special milks or water you may need.

 

If all else fails, and it all goes tragically wrong, remember………………you are highly unlikely to see any of the other passengers again.

Remember, having one baby is hard work, having 2, 3 or 4 multiplies that exponentially. Regardless of what is happening for you at this point I your life, I’m sure you are doing a great job!!

You’ve got this!!!

Take care,
Naomi

Naomi -Twinfo

Passionate about all things multiple, Naomi is the founder of Twinfo.

Naomi is a Parenting Blogger and a Brand Ambassador, but most important of all she is a twin mother who understands.

Twinfo provides a connection to resources, information, products and service providers who specialise in supporting multiple births at every stage of their life.

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Unwrapping your babies- When to stop wrapping twins and triplets?

When to stop wrapping twins

Sleep Consultant, Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies, shares her inside tips about when to stop wrapping twins and triplets.

There is nothing like the joy of bringing your bubs home! Those newborn snuggles, squishy little thighs and cute little button noses make us multiple families feel blessed as we have 2 or more to adore! All can be great until they start to cry and become unsettled.

Just imagine for months your bubbas have been cocooned tight inside their womb cot, nestled against you and each other. It’s dark, floaty and very very noisy inside and becoming earth side can bring an abrupt end to that safety and security!

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Tips for parents to ensure their multiples and twins get enough sleep at daycare

twins get enough sleep at daycare

Author: Donna Moala

Will your multiples and twins get enough sleep at daycare????  One of the biggest stresses about putting your precious multiples into daycare is wondering if they will sleep or not! Donna Moala from Bub2Sleep, one of the amazing Twinfo sleep consultants, shares her top tips to ensure they do.

 

Looking for a daycare? Questions to ask to ensure your multiples and twins get enough sleep at daycare

As all multiple birth parents know, sleep is essential, not only for the babies growth and development, but for the parents sanity!! The last thing you need is your multiples coming home from daycare tired and exhausted because they have not slept.

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What you need to know to avoid burns in children. Tips for tired multiple birth parents.

burnt hand from heater

Author:  Dr Bronwyn Griffin

How tired parents can avoid burns in children

It’s 5:30 am, you have woken up for the 9th time to your babies.  You know that your day needs to kick start now.  Your older two children need to get ready for kindy and school. You push the “boil” button on the kettle to obtain the much needed first caffeine infused drink of the day.  You change the babies nappies, make drink, seat yourself on cosy corner of couch and set up for the feed. Whilst taking your first sip of that glorious caffeinated solution your 8 month old twin suddenly lunges for your coffee whilst breastfeeding. Your coffee goes all over you and worse still, all over the baby. Chaos commences!

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How to cope with multiples or twins crying at the same time

twins crying at same time

When you first find out you are pregnant, you wonder what your baby will sound like……the first cry, the first laugh, the first words.  But then you find out you are expecting more than one baby! And the panic may set in.  How will you cope with multiples or twins crying at the same time???

This isn’t an article on possible reasons why they crying at the same time – there are lots of general articles on why babies cry. This article is purely to help you cope with multiples or twins crying at the same time.

 

Multiples or twins crying at the same time – how to decide which baby to go to first?

There are three basic options and it will depend on why they are crying as to which one you will use:

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10 reasons why feeding multiples separately may be the best option for your family

feeding twins separately

When you find out you are having twins, triplets or more, one of the main concerns most people have is “how will I feed them all at the same time”? Regardless of if you are breast or bottle feeding, sometimes feeding multiples separately is the more practical option.

10 reasons why feeding multiples separately may be the best option for your family

1. You don’t enjoy it. It’s too hard. It’s uncomfortable.

Don’t feel bad. If you don’t like it, then don’t do it.

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Low sex drive after Twins or Multiples – Is it normal?

Low sex drive after twins

So many parents of twins or other multiples face a low sex drive after twins or multiples are born. Unfortunately, it can become almost the norm – it is probably rarer to find parents of newborn twins engaging in regular nookie!

If you are experiencing a low sex drive after twins, then I have some good news for you. It is very unlikely to be caused by anything serious, and with almost all couples who go through this, it will pass.

Just knowing that it is normal can make it a little easier to face

It can be incredibly frustrating for couples of newborns to try and get some adult time happening.

After a woman gives birth, it’s generally recommended that she not have intercourse for around six weeks to give her body time to heal. Many women, even if their lady-parts are feeling ok, will still appreciate the six weeks off from sex because they are pretty exhausted and can be overwhelmed right now.

But most of us would like to get back some intimacy with our partners at some stage, right? Many mothers of twins and multiples can still be reluctant to have sex after 6 months, a year, and even longer after their babies were born.

Some women have no desire, but still feel very much attracted to their partner, and want to ‘want it’.

For many couples, regular intimacy is a way of connecting beyond communication, that reminds you that you are still one being, one team. So, even though this mother wishes she had back her old libido and could connect with her partner on that level again, physically her body is not coming to the party.

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7 Reasons NOT to Use Capsules for Twins, Triplets or More

should we buy capsules for twins

Should you use infant car capsules for twins or triplets or go straight into car seats? It’s always a hot topic of debate in the multiple birth community.  There are definitely people who are pro capsules and then there are just as many people who think capsules are not necessary. While there is always an option to hire capsules, not all families live in an area where baby equipment hire is available, and will choose to place their multiples directly into car seats.

Here are seven reasons why you may decide not to use capsules for twins, triplets or more.

 

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Sleep tips for twins, triplets and more

sleep tips for twins

One of our resident sleep experts, Tanya Greene from Sleep Right Sleep Tight shares her sleep tips for twins, triplets or more.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a baby sleep consultant?

I have been working with children for 15 years now, and personally am a Mum to 4 gorgeous children.  I worked in Childcare before having my own family, and then gained my qualifications to help other sleep deprived families get a great night sleep.  My passion is helping each individual family get through those sleepless nights and bedtime struggles.

I made the decision to help other families through their sleep struggles after having problems with our daughters sleep.  She was 15 months at the time and waking approx. 5 times a night.  Where we were living at the time there was no help, so I turned to an online program.  We had amazing success!  From this, I knew my path was to help families in similar situations as ours.

Why is it important to help your twins or triplets learn to settle on their own?

A baby’s sleep patterns are affected by what is happening throughout their bedtime.  They generally look for whatever is happening at this point to be repeated throughout their night when they wake.  If your twins or triplet are reliant on outside aids, dummy’s, feeds etc. in order to fall asleep, you will find that waking throughout their night, they need these to come back to get themselves back to sleep.  They are what we call sleep associations.
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Stress free toilet training for twins

toilet training twins

Our guest blogger Shannon from Project Revive and Thrive shares her experience with toilet training twins.

 

I’ll be the first to admit, toilet training does not excite me, not one bit.

The only thing I like about toilet training is that I won’t have to pay for nappies anymore. As far as the how and the why go, I didn’t really do any research about toilet training.

I just knew it had to be a stress-free toilet training process. Although to be honest, I was hoping daycare would sort it out for me.

Toilet training does seem to be a high traffic topic on the mummy blogs. You’ll find constant questions like how do I train my 18 months to go to the toilet, how to toilet train boys, the guide to toilet training in a day, the secrets to the 3-day toilet training program etc.

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