Travelling with Children
We know it’s not always easy to travel with babies, toddlers and children, so we’ve made sure that there are plenty of things to do at the airport.
Before You Arrive
Before you arrive why not download the My Airport free travel guide, designed to help you with:
- Driving directions to and from the airport.
- Information regarding check-in procedures.
- Terminal facilities, including, restaurants, shops and services.
- Insightful destination guides on when you are going.
- Information regarding the arrivals procedure.
Travelling When Pregnant
Here's a useful website if you are travelling when pregnant.
Contact Your Airline
Contact your airline in advance to see what they offer onboard for children, such as sky cots, baby food, toddler meals, and children's entertainment. Ask whether you can reserve seats in advance, so that you can guarantee that you are all flying together as a family. If you can, book a flight that's not likely to be full. You may get an empty seat next to you or even a free row.
To avoid accentuating tiredness, try and fly during reasonable daytime hours, so that your children’s daily routine isn’t disrupted too much.
At The Airport
Where you can take your buggy
We know that you need your child’s buggy until you board the plane, so you can take it right through security to the departure gate where airline staff will take it from you and return it to you at your destination.
Baby changing facilities
Baby changing facilities can be found across all three terminals, either inside or nearby the ladies' toilets. Our baby changing facilities include chairs to make breastfeeding easier.
Breastfeeding facility Terminal 1
Manchester Airport are delighted to be trialling a new breastfeeding facility for nursing mothers in Terminal 1. Manchester Airport promotes feeding across our site and we do not restrict where this can take place. However, if a nursing mother would prefer a quieter and/or more private area, then they can make use of this relaxing and comfortable facility.
The breastfeeding facility is located in Terminal 1 Departure Lounge and allows four mothers to use the room at any one time. Please note this facility is for breastfeeding mothers only, and if they are travelling alone their young children may accompany them. Opposite the facility is a Children’s TV Zone, so partners and children can comfortably make use of this area whilst waiting. The facility also has electrical points to enable electric pumps to be used.
There is a baby change facility nearby and food warming facilities are available within the restaurants.
Contact your airline for support when travelling as a lone parent and for advice on what items can be taken onboard the aircraft such as booster seat or buggies and policies for unaccompanied minors.
Baby milk pre-order service
If your child needs medication while you are at the airport or if you need ready to drink infant milk for your holiday, you can pre-order it before you travel and collect it from Boots after security check-in.
For further information on this and other pre-order collection services, please visit the official Boots website.
Where to eat and heating baby milk
Places that are popular with families at the airport are:
- Terminal 1 - Giraffe
- Terminal 1 - Joes Kitchen
- Terminal 2 - Frankie & Benny's
- Terminal 3 - Trattoria Milano
Many of our restaurants and cafes will warm up your baby milk free of charge - they will do this in hot water rather than in the microwave as commercial microwaves are too powerful for baby milk. Starbucks in Terminal 1 will heat baby milk behind the counter, as will Brodericks and Caffe Nero in Terminal 2 and Costa and Caffe Nero in Terminal 3.
There is a soft play area located in Terminal 2. The Terminal 2 play area has a dedicated toddler section suitable for under 3's, plus a zone for slightly older children. Located in the Departures Lounge next to Gate 213.
Other airport facilities
Other child-friendly services that the airport offers include free fast lane through security if you have a child in a pushchair, a wide range of restaurants and cafes offering kids meals and kids packs.