If you have ever travelled with your tiny tot, you already know that it isn't the easiest task in the world, especially if you're on long haul flight. However, air travel with toddlers doesn't have to be a nightmare for everyone on board as long as you plan ahead. Here are a few tips on how to make your flight easier for you and your little one.
Be an early bird
When travelling with toddlers always remember that there are so many things can go awry that may cause some major delays in your travel schedule. In order to offset the these delays try to arrive at the airport a few hours before you have to board. Not only will it help significantly reduce your stress, it also gives you ample time to prepare your child for the trip ahead.
Plan your flight
If possible try to book nonstop flights and try to schedule long stretches around your little one's nap time. If you do have to take a connecting flight, don't waste the opportunity for your toddler to use up his excess energy. Find a deserted spot while you're waiting to board and let your child relish his freedom, make noise and to have fun. It's better to let your tot get it out of his system while on the ground rather than in a confined space in the air.
Flight attendants are your best friends
Don't be shy about asking the flight crew to pitch in when you're flying with your toddler, they should be happy to comply and help you and your little one have a much easier time.
If possible try to bring as many toys and snacks in your carry-on luggage. This can help divert your child's attention while in the air. Also, bring twice as many diapers as you need and at least one change of clothing for your little one.
Help ease ear pain
Bring lollies. The sucking can help prevent your child's ears from hurting due to the air-pressure in the cabin. You can also help keep your little one's ears clear by bringing crunchy snacks that require a lot of chewing, or by encouraging him to yawn by yawning yourself. These can help "pop" his ears if they get clogged during takeoff or landing.
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