Taking your baby or a toddler on a flight can be a very stressful and challenging experience. If you think the trip will go smoothly, the reality can knock you out. This article describes what you should know to make your trip more pleasant.
A baby can travel on a plane since its third week if there is a need for it. If not, it would be best to postpone the trip after the baby reaches 3 to 4 months. Babies are unpredictable in their first weeks of life and you may not know when and why they are crying about. Make sure you recognize the cry of your baby before boarding a plane.
It’s best to reserve your seat in advance. If you have a chance, make a reservation as far to the front seats as possible, because the back of the plane is louder and more intense. The space is wider and you can leave a larger number of bags. More children mean more bags. Children have various different needs and therefore good baggage planning is necessary. You should bring more baby food and extra diapers for your baby. Toddlers are more demanding because they can feel bored or tired. Fill your bag with a lot of low-sugar snacks, crackers and nuts. Their time should be fulfilled with fun activities for time to pass faster. Bring an iPad or Tablet with their favourite cartoons and games.
Having a sleeping schedule routine is something that should not be skipped. You should encourage your child to take a nap during the flight in order to take a rest. Don’t forget if you miss your child’s sleeping time, he may become more nervous and anxious. This can be an annoying situation for you, your child and all the passengers on the plane.
During a flight, you as a parent should be prepared your children to complain about an earache. This condition occurs due to the changing air pressure, especially when the plane is landing on or taking off. To help your child get rid of pressure in the ears, give him a lollipop to suck on. Put a pacifier or bottle to your baby; he may feel discomfort too.
A solo parent may face more effort, travelling alone with children. In this situation, you should make friends with other parents on the plane. They can give you a hand if you need some help. Do not underestimate this type of help; just imagine the situation in which you go to the restroom free and alone.