Flying on a plane can be stressful for both children and their parents. Even for an average passenger, flying is sometimes a difficult experience. Moreover, little children must deal with more serious stress during their flight, and at times other passengers get irritated by them.
Be prepared for take-off and landing
Remember that take-offs and landings are the most difficult parts of any flight, and try to make sure that these points will not be too hard for your child by being prepared for the additional stress. Use this time to breastfeed your baby or give them a bottle of infant formula or, perhaps, a sippy cup of milk. This will help your child to relax and feel better during these periods.
Research your airline
When it comes to selecting an airline, it is wise to choose one that best suits your needs. They are not all equally equipped for flying with kids. Read carefully all the possible requirements and offers connected with family travel. Some airlines offer extra mileage, and some even give discounts when you fly with a baby.
Remember that planes can get very cold
Take some extra clothes and even thermal mugs with you to protect yourself and your baby from getting too cold onboard the plane.
Take some useful items for baby
We are talking about various items that will definitely keep your baby occupied during the flight (especially if it is long) – things like toys, a sleeping bag, blanket or comforter, coloring books, favorite fairytales to read, a tablet with bright pictures, cartoons and games; they could all come in handy.
Take a baby-carrier with you
You should definitely consider how you will comfortably transport the baby throughout the trip – and not only on the flight. Think about being at the airport with your child waiting for boarding, going through customs or passport control, and getting your luggage at baggage claim.
Pack a small bag of essentials
Consider packing a small bag with your essentials for the flight that you can keep at your feet – nappies, wipes, toys, snacks, etc. When the “Fasten Seat Belt” sign is on, you’ll have everything you need within reach.
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