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Travel Advice from Aisling O’Donoghue of Baby Travel Shop – Checking In for a flight with a baby at Dublin Airport, Ireland

Your hands will be full when travelling with children so before you start out on your journey, make sure you carry all your travel documents in one easily reached place, (babies need their own passports) make sure your hand baggage meets security requirements before you leave home and work out whether you need to carry buggies to the aircraft or pack them in your checked-in baggage. Remember to keep everything that your baby needs on the flight in your carry-on luggage, ensuring that it is always to hand.

At check in make sure you buggy is labeled by the airline so it can travel on the plane.

Most airlines will permit you to take your pram to the airplane door, you should confirm this with them when booking as they may have size restrictions or you may need to take an alternative mode of baby transport like a baby carrier. Ask them where you will can reclaim your buggy at the other end (carosel, bottom of steps etc..)

It can take anything up to 15 minutes after security,screening to get to your boarding gate so give yourself plenty of time to clear security, shop, eat, relax and transit to your gate.

Paul O’Farrell, ASU Duty Manager, Dublin Airport Authority explains when traveling with a baby and young children what can and cannot be brought through Dublin Airport Security Screening.

When you arrive at the screening point, collapse or fold your buggy or pram and place on the x-ray belt for inspection. All carry-on baggage, including children’s bags and items, must go through the x-ray machine.

All child-related equipment that will fit through the x-ray machine must go through the x-ray machine — prams, buggies, baby carriers, car and booster seats. Items that are in the pockets, baskets, or trays attached to the prams / buggy must be removed and placed on the x-ray belt separately for inspection.

Medications, baby formula, milk and are allowed if essential for use during the trip. You may pass the infant to another person (family member) behind you while you pass through the metal detector or carry the infant through the metal detector yourself.

Travel Advice from Aisling O’Donoghue of Baby Travel – The Airport Pharmacy is located in the Departures Hall before security, for all essential pharmaceutical requirements and a variety of baby products. (Note: this is the only Pharmacy service at Dublin Airport)

Boots located in The Loop shopping area, stocks a selection of essential items for children of all ages including nappies, creams and medicine.

Travel Advice from Aisling O’Donoghue of Baby Travel – Baby changing facilities are available in a number of locations around the Dublin airport terminal. Look out for the blue signs.

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