Flying with young children can be either fun or challenging (but most likely it will be a combination ofthe two). It all depends on how prepared you are. If you are doing it alone, however, you need to be extra ready. It might not be as fun as those sangria and mojito beach moments, but it is not the end of the world. All you have to do is have a precise plan, pack, and schedule well so that you can relax on the plane and watch the beautiful sunrise from your window.
Easy Ways to Help You Be Comfortable and Relaxed As You Travel With Your Child
Do you find yourself stressing about being airborne with your infant? Well, its time you stopped. These insider tips will assist you in creating fun and memorable memories on the plane with your family.
#01. Book Your Seat Ahead Of Time
When you decide to travel and make reservations, make the travel agent aware that you will be going with your toddler, who will need a seat with a bassinet connection. Also try to get a seat that is on the further front of the plane since the back is always noisy, vibrates more, and is not convenient for de-boarding. If your child is one of those social kids, get the bulkhead seats so that the chances of their ‘black panther’ figure toy landing in the glass of some no-nonsense lady sitting in front of you. However, they are not also appropriate for having all your carry-on bags near you when landing or taking off, and the bassinets on them tend to be flimsy.
#02. Be Respectful
Politeness and respect goes a long way. Your child is not in a position to apologize for their actions, but you can do so on their behalf. If your baby pulls the well-done, silky blonde hair of the lady in the seat in front of her, apologize and mean it. You might not mollify her or replace that one strand of extension that your angel pulled out, but she might end up smiling and playing peekaboo with your cute baby.
#03. Bring Extra Supplies
Bring an extra bottle of water and keep your child hydrated since the current atmospheric pressure dehydrates them. You also need to pack a few extra diapers just in case you have some travel delays, trash bags for the dirty diapers and diaper rash lotion. You also have to add some extra onesies or outfits and place them in an accessible spot. You might never know when a diaper leak, spit-up, or other mess occurs and therefore requiring you to change their clothes.
#04. Safeguard Your Kid’s Ears
When you are landing or taking off, let your toddler suck on something to relieve ear pressure — a sippy cup, favorite toy or pacifier. You can also try bringing your child’s favorite blanket, or pillow, so that he can get comfortable and snug, and sleep without an issue. You want to bring things on board that your baby associates with bedtime so that you can give him cues that help put him to rest, instead of giving him medicine for sleep.
#05. Handle Your Baggage Well
You never know how much baggage your infant needs until you arrive at the airport and unload it all on the curb. If you are among the lucky few, a check-in or skycap will be at your service. If you are not in good terms with lady luck, then your stroller becomes an invaluable asset. Throughout your trip, you might require its assistance as your baggage cart more than carrying your child. You will need to check it at the gate, get a tag for it from the gate staff and drop it off before you board your plane, and get it back when you reach your destination. You also have to take into consideration whether you will be hiring a car at your destination, not all rental companies offer convertible car seats for your child’s safety so you might have to bring your own one with.
Remember, you are not trying to re-invent the wheel, just because you are flying with your beautiful kid, it does not mean that your experience has to be a nightmare. It can be easy like a roller coaster