Taking your baby or toddler on a plane can be a very stressful and stimulating experience. If you think the trip will go smoothly, reality can knock you out. This article describes what you need to know to make your trip more enjoyable.
A baby can travel on a plane as early as its third week if it needs to. Otherwise, it would be better to postpone the trip after the baby has reached 3-4 months. Babies are unpredictable in their first few weeks of life, and you may not be sure when and why they cry. Make sure you recognize your baby’s cry before you board a plane.
It is best to reserve your place in advance. If you have a chance, make a reservation as far as possible to the front seats as the rear of the plane is noisier and more intense. The space is wider and you can leave more bags. More children means more bags. Children have different needs and therefore proper luggage planning is necessary. You should bring more baby food and extra diapers for your baby. Toddlers are more demanding because they can get bored or feel tired. Fill your bag with plenty of low-sugar snacks, crackers, and nuts. Their time should be filled with fun activities to make the time go faster. Bring an iPad or tablet with their favorite cartoons and games.
Having a sleep routine is something that shouldn’t be skipped. You should encourage your child to take a nap during the flight in order to rest. Remember that if you miss your child’s sleep time, he may become more nervous and anxious. This can be a boring situation for you, your child, and everyone on the plane.
During a flight, as a parent, you must prepare your children to complain of an earache. This condition occurs due to the changing air pressure, especially when the aircraft lands or takes off. To help your child get rid of the pressure in their ears, give them a pacifier to suck on. Put a pacifier or bottle on your baby; he may also feel discomfort.
A single parent may cope with more strain, traveling alone with children. In this situation, you should befriend other relatives on the plane. They can help you if you need help. Do not underestimate this type of help; just imagine the situation where you go to the bathroom for free and alone.