If you’re a parent who travels often with children you know the challenges of doing so. We are very brave souls! Between the bathroom breaks, requests for snacks and “are we there yet” questions, everything from getting through security to finding the gate can be difficult.
Personally, I love traveling and having children only gives me more ideas of places to go—from Disney to Oahu, Hawaii, my kids love to travel. If you’re getting ready to travel with kids, here are some tips that can help you, your child and, well, the entire plane!
Take off and landing
The change in cabin pressure can be awful for little ears. If you have an infant, take off/landing are the perfect times to nurse or feed the baby with a bottle. For a toddler, a pacifier or a sucker can be a great remedy. Chewing gum is also great for the kids that can handle it (once my 3 year-old complained of her ears hurting and I gave her a piece of gum to help. She put the gum directly in her ear—so be sure to give a full explanation of the purpose!)
And if your child has a stuffy nose or isn’t feeling well, be sure to give them some Tylenol (or such) while sitting at the airport. Waiting until the plane takes off will be too late.
During the flight
Younger babies (under 6 months) tend to sleep on planes, and many are lulled by the engine noise. Let them sleep! If your baby is awake and fussy, use a Baby Bjorn or baby sling to walk up and down the aisle to give them a change of pace. Be sure to bring some toys (stuffed animal, books, rattle to keep the baby amused), and don’t forget teething toys for babies needing something to chew. For toddlers: movies, a variety of favorite snacks, and making a little tent on the floor with a blanket can be a great distraction.
Also be sure to befriend the flight attendants and gate agents. There are so many nice flight attendants out there who are more than happy to help you. I’ve had some flight attendants help make my trip go more smoothly by delivering some extra Biscoff cookies (a favorite for big kids, too), allowing us to move around in the aisle, or provide an extra blanket or two.
Overall, the best thing you can do is relax and enjoy your trip. Traveling with small children can be intimidating, but with the right tips and tricks you can make it easy.
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