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Tips for Flying With A Baby Or Toddler
“Oh great…there’s a 2-year old in the row behind us, I guess we get to listen to crying and screaming for the for the next 4 hours!”
Have you heard, or maybe even thought that yourself before? There’s no doubt about it, traveling with babies or toddlers, can be difficult for both the parents and fellow travelers.
Unfortunately, there are no sure-fire ways to keep your tiny people quiet all the time while on a flight, but there are things you can do that will help your trip be more pleasant…and for those around you, if you’re doing the best you can, hopefully they will be understanding.
Tips for smoother flying with with your baby or toddler…
- Whenever possible, book non stop flights…It can be difficult enough to make a connecting flight that is at a different terminal and leaves shortly after you have landed when you’re on your own or with another adult, but think of trying to do that dragging your carryon, carrying a child and all the “gear” you’ve had to bring for him or her.
- If you have no choice but to book a flight that has a connection, try to give yourself more than twenty minutes on the ground…2 hours would be great.
- A great idea if you can is to schedule your flights when it’s time for your child to sleep.
- It’s also a good idea to keep the child awake as long as you can before flight time…they will fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Taking a stoller is an absolute necessity…not only will you want it when you have reached your destination, but it will be a life saver as you navigate through the airport.
Check the stroller at the gate and it will be waiting for you when you deplane. If you change gates, you will need to request a cart transfer from the airport.
- Book a separate seat for your child so you can bring their carseat, where they can sit or lay If comfortably. Certainly there will be times, for various reasons, when you will take them out of their seats, but holding them for the duration of the flight can not only be uncomfortable, but exhausting.
- Take advantage of early boarding when you can, a few extra minutes to get situated, which will be less stressful for you and your child.
- When selecting your seats, choose seats as close to the front of the plane…the back is not only noisier, but also vibrates more, which can be very disturbing for your little one.
- Pack a variety of your child’s favorite toys, or maybe even something that is new that they haven’s seen before to help keep them entertained, and not bored. (If at all possible, bring quiet toys, they are greatly appreciated by other passengers) During a flight with your child is no time for you to sit back and relax (unless they’re asleep), it’s a great time for you to play with them.
- For a toddler, a fun idea is to wrap the toys for them to open…it’s fun, it’s distracting and it takes up time.
- Be careful of the kinds and the amount of toys you bring…I remember one long flight I was on that had a couple with 2 kids. They brought so many bags full of toys, books, etc. The mess they left behind was horrible. And wouldn’t you know it, they were on my return flight, too! I don’t remember where I went but I really remember them.
- Along with great toys, great food is a must…pack in your carryon plenty of favorite snacks, and foods, not only will this appease your child, and take her mind off the fact that she’s not happy to be there, but you never know when you could get stuck on the runway for hours. If your baby is on formula, pack a few extra servings.
- Along with the extra foods, you should have with you extra diapers, wipes and at least one extra change of clothing...accidents happen, you’ll want to be prepared.
- One of the main reasons that babies cry on a plane is due to the rapid change in altitude when the plane takes off or lands…the pressure that that puts on their little ears is uncomfortable and often painful. One way to stop the discomfort is to make sure your little one has something to suck on or chew, such as a pacifier, a bottle, or a quick snack.
- Something I would recommend you take is airplane ear plugs or a head set that will take away the pressure.
- Do not forget their favorite blankey!
- If you’re traveling out of the country, remember, your baby needs a passport too.
When things get noisy and chaotic, even after you’ve done all you can do…try to stay calm…”This too shall pass.”
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