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Flying Ryanair with Children?

All airlines have different policies regarding flying with infants and small children and the carriage of equipment such as strollers and car seats.

Here are 5 things every parent should know when travelling Ryanair with children.

1. Equipment

You can bring two pieces of equipment free of charge, including items such as a fully collapsible pushchair / car seat / baby sling / travel cot. Additional items are charged at the rate of €10 each way or €20 each way if booked at airport. Stork Exchange Tip: If you have a pushchair or anything where you need to separate chassis from the seat to collapse, use a pram bag. This will prevent pieces going missing in the aircraft hold and/or damage.

2. Pack Securely

Ryanair in their terms and conditions do not cover damage for “unsuitably packed” items (i.e putting the car seat in a bin liner is not considered suitably packed). They “strongly recommend” the use of travel bags for infant equipment. We have found at Dublin Airport that most damaged equipment is refunded, most. If the equipment is scratched or beaten up a bit but not broken, it’s a trickier argument. We look after airline passengers whose equipment comes out damaged and it is more often than not a buggy that has been damaged, while car seats go AWOL but in fairness to Ryanair, they don’t send us very many passengers. Stork Exchange Tip: We would strongly recommend you use a travel bag for your equipment, especially buggies and car seats. At the very least bubble wrap your equipment.

3. Kids Under The Age of 2

Children under 2 years travelling in their own seat (ie not on your knee) must have an Amsafe Harness or an aircraft approved car seat. The seat will be marked FAA or TÜV-approved, or “For Use In Aircraft”. The airline does not provide the harness, so you’ll need to get one in advance of travel. The retail on Amazon for about €70, or you can hire them with The Stork Exchange.

4. Charges & Fees

Ryanair charge a fee of €20 (€40 return) for infants travelling on their parent’s knee. There’s no baggage allowance for the child, but parents are allowed a ‘baby bag’ for nappies etc of up to 5kg. Stork Exchange Tip: Pack all your nappies in the pram bag – it’ll give the pram extra padding and protection and give you more space in the baby bag.

5. Stork Exchange Courtesy Strollers

Finally, you can use your pram up to the gate, but always make sure to collapse it for ground handling staff and tidy away any loose straps. If you are flying from Dublin Airport however, we provide courtesy strollers after security, so you can check in your pram and have the use of strollers right up to the gate.

Check out our full range of equipment for rent and sale on www.thestorkexchange.ie

About the Author

I’m Olivia Mai, founder of The Stork Exchange and Mum to two small children. The Stork Exchange is a children's equipment rental service that was born from a dearth of options for parents traveling with infants and small children. It's not easy to travel with kids, much less lug everything with you and speaking from personal experience we found the car seats and cots etc that are provided by many car rental companies or hotels etc are not great quality... so we set up The Stork Exchange!   We offer everything from isofix car seats, holiday 'buggy-in-a-bag', travel cots and highchairs, all quality brands, sanitized and safety-checked before every single hire. Our staff are trained and insured and will install the car seat into your car for you.

We work closely with a number of airlines and car rental companies and have spent several years developing and investing in our product range. I am constantly asked questions by parents about travelling with kids; what equipment to bring, what not to bring, what’s allowed by airlines, what’s not. Being at the airport day in day out means I am pretty close to it all and as a result have built up loads of knowledge, tips and nuggets of practical and useful information I'm happy to share. We also learn from the experiences of other Mums and Dads. It’s genuinely great to be able to help make the journey and holiday a bit easier for parents. 

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