Summer Travels...With Kids!
Tips for Flying with Children this Summer
The summer travel season is right around the corner. While you may be excited to relax and get away, flying with an infant or toddler can be nerve-racking. Here are some tips to help you survive without breaking a sweat.
Buy the extra seat. It’s easier to keep your child seated and entertained when they are safely strapped into a car seat. It is tempting to save on airfare, but when you are fumbling for a wipe or another toy, it helps to have both hands free. You and your child will be more comfortable, and they might even fall asleep!
Time it right. Let your child walk around as long as possible before boarding. Have your spouse or travel partner board ahead of you with the car seat and carry-on bags to get situated. Stroll on at the last minute to avoid the jet bridge line and the fight for overhead bin space.
Stock up. Bring more snacks and drinks than you think you will need in case of delays. For infants, be sure to have something for them to drink or suck on to help them pop their ears during takeoff and landing. According to the TSA, parents are allowed more than 3 ounces of breast milk, formula or juice as long as it is declared for inspection at security. You are also allowed to have jarred baby food in your carry-on bag.
Surprise them. To keep your child occupied on the flight, bring interactive items such as pop-up books, stickers, and a Magnadoodle. Avoid games or toys with small pieces that could be thrown or dropped. I have found the best items are dollar store trinkets or tchotchkes that they have never seen before. As a last resort, I find suckers work like a charm since they are a rare treat in our house.
Go digital. If your child is old enough, an IPad, DVD player, or a smartphone can be a lifesaver on a long flight. Download kid-friendly games, movies and favorite TV episodes to keep them entertained for hours. Use headphones to listen to the captain on the in-flight communication channel.
Don’t worry. If you are worried about disturbing the travelers around you — don’t. Many people have been in your shoes and understand when your child is fussy. For those people who don’t understand, you will never see them again!
Tell us your travel plans this summer! Leave a comment below with your plans or share your tips on making travel easier!Posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM