10 Tips for Flying with Babies and Kids Making your journey easier - International Flights -

Flying with a baby or a small child may seem like a daunting challenge.
However, this needn't be the case. Prepare before travelling with our useful tips,
including items to carry with you and how to spend your time on board.

  • Act early

    Secure the time you need

    When travelling with a baby or small child, unexpected things will happen which will take time to sort out. Arrive at the airport and complete the necessary procedures ahead of time to ensure a comfortable journey.

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    Up to 10 kg

    On-board bassinets (cots)

    We offer bassinets on board for babies weighing up to 10 kg. If you would like to use one, please contact ANA with your request upon making your reservation.
    Contact ANA

    Some advice

    You will be assigned seats in front of a wall to which the bassinet can be attached. As this means there will not be any seats in front of you, the usual under-seat baggage space will not be available. We recommend that you separate out the things you will need during the flight in advance.

    You will be assigned seats in front of a wall to which the bassinet can be attached. As this means there will not be any seats in front of you, the usual under-seat baggage space will not be available. We recommend that you separate out the things you will need during the flight in advance.

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  • Check out the details!

    Check the airport facilities available

    Airports are so big that merely moving from one place to another can be tiring.
    Check the locations of facilities such as elevators and boarding gates in advance using the website so you can move around more smoothly.

Flying with a baby or a small child may seem like a daunting challenge.
However, this needn't be the case. Prepare before travelling with our useful tips,
including items to carry with you and how to spend your time on board.

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    Separate the necessities

    Baggage

    You can't take out baggage from or put it into the overhead compartments when the seat belt signs are on (e.g., ascent and descent).
    It would be useful to have any items for your baby within reaching distance.

    Some advice

    Please see the Baggage [International Flights] section of ANA website for information on what you can bring on board.

    Please see the Baggage [International Flights] section of ANA website for information on what you can bring on board.

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    Bring some spares

    Items for your baby (clothes, diapers, etc.)

    It's a good idea to pack some of the diapers you regularly use. We recommend bringing a travel pack containing baby wipes and a number of plastic bags for putting soiled diapers or clothes into (such as grocery bags).
    It's also a good idea to pack some spare clothes for your baby in case of sweating or food spillages.

    Some advice

    We also have wet wipes available on board. Please ask a cabin attendant if you require some.

    We also have wet wipes available on board. Please ask a cabin attendant if you require some.

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  • Bring your baby's favorite items

    Items for your baby (formula, snacks, etc.)

    It is better to bring the formula and nursing bottles that your baby normally uses.
    If your baby or child starts crying, you can calm them down using snacks, pacifiers, or other items that they love.

    Some advice

    We can provide you with hot water on board.
    Please ask one of our cabin attendants at an early stage if you wish to use hot water to make formula.
    If you bring snacks on board, choose ones that you can feed to your baby easily and that are difficult to spill.

    We can provide you with hot water on board.
    Please ask one of our cabin attendants at an early stage if you wish to use hot water to make formula.
    If you bring snacks on board, choose ones that you can feed to your baby easily and that are difficult to spill.

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  • Useful item!

    Blanket/large scarf

    Drape this over your shoulders when the cabin gets cold, or use it to cover yourself when breastfeeding.

    Some advice

    You can also use it as a cover for the diaper changing table if the surface feels a bit cold.

    You can also use it as a cover for the diaper changing table if the surface feels a bit cold.

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  • Bring items that don't make a noise

    Items for your baby (picture books, toys, etc.)

    Carrying your baby's favorite items, such as picture books or stuffed toys, will come in handy not only when on board but across your entire trip.

    Some advice

    When choosing toys for your journey, make sure to pick ones that are difficult to make noise with and are less likely to bother nearby passengers.
    We also have picture books and toys available on board. Please ask our cabin attendants if you need one to calm down your baby when they are crying.

    When choosing toys for your journey, make sure to pick ones that are difficult to make noise with and are less likely to bother nearby passengers.
    We also have picture books and toys available on board. Please ask our cabin attendants if you need one to calm down your baby when they are crying.

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  • Don't forget anything!

    Check your belongings

    Check your carry-on baggage before you travel to confirm you've got the items you need.
    [Recommended items]
    Items for your baby (e.g. diapers, nursing bottles, baby formula, change of clothes), packs of baby wipes and pocket tissues, plastic bags, hand towels, etc.

    Some advice

    Bringing your child's favorite snacks, picture books, or toys (e.g. stuffed animals) will help to soothe them, so it's a good idea to have these things in your carry-on. (Make sure to pack toys which are hard to make a noise with so that you don't disturb passengers around you.)

    Bringing your child's favorite snacks, picture books, or toys (e.g. stuffed animals) will help to soothe them, so it's a good idea to have these things in your carry-on. (Make sure to pack toys which are hard to make a noise with so that you don't disturb passengers around you.)

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Flying with a baby or a small child may seem like a daunting challenge.
However, this needn't be the case. Prepare before travelling with our useful tips,
including items to carry with you and how to spend your time on board.

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    Useful items!

    Baby stroller rental service

    We have courtesy baby strollers available for our passengers at the airport that can be used right up to the boarding gate.
    You can inquire about using the service when you check in.
    * Please note that the number of strollers available is limited. This service may not be available at certain airports.

    Some advice

    Customers cannot bring their own baby strollers on board. Please go here for further information on the baby stroller rental service.

    Customers cannot bring their own baby strollers on board. Please go here for further information on the baby stroller rental service.

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    Smoother boarding

    Priority boarding service

    Passengers with children of two years of age or younger may use this service for earlier boarding.
    Those wishing to use the service should speak to a member of ANA staff at the boarding gate.

    Some advice

    Settling into your seat before other passengers gives you the time and space to make any necessary preparations, such as organizing your baggage.

    Settling into your seat before other passengers gives you the time and space to make any necessary preparations, such as organizing your baggage.

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Flying with a baby or a small child may seem like a daunting challenge.
However, this needn't be the case. Prepare before travelling with our useful tips,
including items to carry with you and how to spend your time on board.

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    Introduce yourself

    Consider those sitting near you

    Babies and small children tend to become unsettled and excitable when in unfamiliar situations. After boarding, it would be a good idea to introduce yourself to nearby passengers when settling into your seat.

  • Passengers sitting in front of you

    Think about the passenger in front

    When sitting with a baby or small child on your lap, you must take extra care not to disturb the passenger sitting in front of you.
    They can feel seemingly small impacts directly on their back, such as your baby's feet hitting the back of the seat.

    Some advice

    If this happens despite your best efforts, please offer a few words of apology to the passenger affected.

    If this happens despite your best efforts, please offer a few words of apology to the passenger affected.

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  • We're here to help

    A helping hand on board (e.g. carry-on baggage)

    Please feel free to ask our cabin attendants if you need help with anything, for example if you can't find your seat or when putting your luggage in the overhead compartment.
    They'll be happy to help you to make your flight a comfortable one.

    Some advice

    If you need a helping hand directly after boarding the plane, please ask a nearby cabin attendant.

    If you need a helping hand directly after boarding the plane, please ask a nearby cabin attendant.

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    Ask us anything

    Services available on board (making baby formula)

    Our cabin attendants can make your baby formula for you. Please let us know if you require this service.
    * You may need to wait a while until your bottle is prepared and delivered to your seat. This is so we can let the boiling water cool to an appropriate temperature for making formula.

    Some advice

    If you are in a hurry, we can quickly mix boiling and cold water to provide warm water of the appropriate temperature. We also have boiling water available on board. If you want to have your nursing bottle cleaned with boiling water, please ask one of our cabin attendants.

    If you are in a hurry, we can quickly mix boiling and cold water to provide warm water of the appropriate temperature. We also have boiling water available on board. If you want to have your nursing bottle cleaned with boiling water, please ask one of our cabin attendants.

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    Watch out for stuffy noses!

    When your baby is unsettled

    Cabin pressure levels will change during ascent and descent, and this will put pressure on your baby's ears. To relieve this pressure, we recommend that you breastfeed them, or give them a dummy or bottle of milk.

    Some advice

    Please also make sure that they don't have a stuffy nose, as this can block up their ears.

    Please also make sure that they don't have a stuffy nose, as this can block up their ears.

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  • Disposable diapers available on board

    Changing diapers

    A number of our on-board lavatories are equipped with a diaper changing table (excludes certain flights). To use the table, please ask one of our cabin attendants.
    After changing the diaper, put it into a plastic bag, seal it, and put it into the lavatory trash can.
    We also have disposable diapers available on board. The types and sizes available are limited, so please ask a cabin attendant to find out the kinds available on your flight.

    Some advice

    The lavatories on board are comparatively small in size. If you have time, we would recommend changing your baby's diaper in a restroom at the airport prior to boarding.

    The lavatories on board are comparatively small in size. If you have time, we would recommend changing your baby's diaper in a restroom at the airport prior to boarding.

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  • Keep your child safe

    Holding your baby on your lap

    When you are sitting in an aisle seat, make sure your baby is not facing the aisle. This is so those passing through don't bump your baby's head or hit it with their baggage.

    Some advice

    <Checks upon arriving at your seat>
    Oxygen masks are stored in the overhead compartments for use in the event of sudden changes in cabin air pressure. The number of oxygen masks available for children varies by aircraft and seat row.
    Therefore, passengers with babies or small children must sit in the seats designated on their boarding pass.

    <Checks upon arriving at your seat>
    Oxygen masks are stored in the overhead compartments for use in the event of sudden changes in cabin air pressure. The number of oxygen masks available for children varies by aircraft and seat row.
    Therefore, passengers with babies or small children must sit in the seats designated on their boarding pass.

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  • Holding your baby on your lap

    Fastening your seat belt

    Fasten your seat belt over yourself first, and then hold your baby close to you.
    * Strapping yourself and a baby in with a single seat belt can be very dangerous and should be avoided. This is because the entire weight of the person wearing the seat belt may be placed on the baby if the aircraft were to brake suddenly.

    Some advice

    If the metallic fastener on the seat belt is pushing into your baby's hip, wrap up their hips using your own blanket or the one provided on board to make it more comfortable for them.

    If the metallic fastener on the seat belt is pushing into your baby's hip, wrap up their hips using your own blanket or the one provided on board to make it more comfortable for them.

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  • Don't use the lavatory

    Seat belt sign

    For safety reasons, please refrain from using the restroom while the seat belt signs are illuminated. Please ask a cabin attendant for information on when you can use them.

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    Feel free to ask for help

    Using the lavatory (toilet)

    If you want to use the lavatory by yourself, or if you are travelling with two or more small children or babies, please let us know and one of our cabin attendants will take care of them. Feel free to ask a cabin attendant about this service.
    * Please note that only two oxygen masks are installed per lavatory for use in the event of sudden decompression. A maximum of two persons can use the restroom at one time.

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    Watch out and keep your baby safe

    Spending time with your child during the flight

    Babies and small children are fascinated by objects that open and close. Please keep a close eye on them and make sure that they don't get their fingers stuck in the lavatory doors or fold-out tables fitted to the back of the seats.
    There is other equipment on board that babies may find interesting, and they must be watched closely at all times to ensure they don't hurt themselves.

    Some advice

    If you need any help with anything, please feel free to ask our cabin attendants.

    If you need any help with anything, please feel free to ask our cabin attendants.

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