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Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. For many, this time of year is synonymous with travel, whether it’s flying to join family gatherings or jetting off to somewhere tropical for an under-the-radar vacation. Regardless of where you’re going, you can expect the airport to be very busy between now and the end of the year. Based on passenger counts from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are two of the busiest air travel days every year (PSA: Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 23 this year), with the days following Christmas trailing right after.
Navigating your way through airports solo this time of year can be difficult, but add in a couple of kids or a baby (and all of their gear), and it can feel downright impossible. Truth be told, it doesn’t even have to be one of the busiest days of the year for family air travel to be overwhelming. Thankfully, airports and airlines are somewhat accommodating to families with young children, with many providing lactation pods for nursing parents, checking strollers and car seats at no charge, offering early boarding, and allowing free TSA pre-check for kids 17 and under who are traveling with parents with the service (which is worth every penny, if you ask this TSA pre-check mom).
The little tricks don’t have to end there, though, because there are also some fantastic products that can help make air travel a little easier for families. Whether you’re traveling during these busy months or you have a trip planned for early next year, November’s Pregnancy & Newborn editors’ picks will get you from point A to point B with a little less stress.