What Baby Items Can You Carry-On a Plane?

Going through airport security with a baby can be chaotic. To make the process easier, it's important to know what baby items you can bring on board. Place all carry-on baggage, such as toys, bags, and blankets for children, on the x-ray belt for examination. Strollers, umbrella strollers, baby carriers, booster seats, and car backpacks should be examined by X-ray.

Place items in stroller pockets or baskets, in a handbag, or on the x-ray belt for examination. Breast milk can be stored in checked bags or in special storage bags like Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags. These bags can be placed flat or upright to save space and come pre-sterilized and reinforced with a double seal to prevent leaks. The TSA also allows you to carry ice packs, freezer bags and frozen gel bags in your carry-on and luggage to keep your breast milk fresh.

We like the Medela Breast Milk Cooler Set, which can hold four 5-ounce breastmilk bottles and comes with a contoured ice pack. Glass jars for baby food are also allowed on board. Let your TSA officer know that you have them in your carry-on baggage before the screening. These Gerber jars are one of our favorites.

Baby food is allowed in tote bags in “reasonable” quantities, which basically means that it's okay to pack all the baby food your child may need during the trip. Compared to other passengers, babies have it easy at the airport. TSA's liquid rules don't apply to milk, juice, or baby food, and airlines don't charge fees to review some of the most common baby-related products. In fact, no common baby product is totally prohibited on flights.

Latasha Stokely
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