Top Tips for travelling with little ones....
Image is children's area Virgin Holiday's v-room located in Terminal 2.
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
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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.
Contact your airline for support when travelling as 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. Boots pre-order service
Where to eat and heating baby milk
Places that are popular with families are:
- Terminal 1 - Giraffe - see kids menu
- Terminal 2 - Frankie and Benny's - see kids menu
- Terminal 3 - Trattoria Milano pasta and pizzas.
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 areas in Terminal 2 - More information
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, The Escape lounges also offer child areas.