If you're getting ready for a trip and you'll be flying with a toddler, there are special considerations to prepare for that you may not realize. Find out how to make your family's trip easier and more comfortable.
Traveling with family is an amazing experience, but toddlers are ticking tantrum time-bombs.
When you have a temperamental toddler, you want to get to your destination as fast as possible. Avoiding an outburst is crucial.
Flying with a toddler can be a big source of stress. But don't worry, we've put together a list of things you can do to make traveling with a tot much easier.
Flying With A Toddler: 5 Things To Do
Traveling with a baby can be tough, but that doesn't stop once they're toddlers.
Toddlers can be unpredictable and very demanding. You know your tot better than anyone else, so you'll be able to prep for their needs.
Being prepared for the worst case scenario is the best way to make the journey go well. Here are 5 things you can do to make airplane travel with a toddler easier.
1. Book a Direct Flight
If you can help it, try to book a direct flight to your destination. Long stretches of the journey are prime time for your toddler to take a nap. Even a short nap will make all the difference.
If you can't avoid getting a flight with layovers, don't let your toddler nap. This is the perfect time to let them run around and get their exercise in. Let your toddler get all their energy out before boarding the next flight.
With any luck, this will tire out your toddler and they'll sleep for most of the journey.
2. Try to Get an Aisle Seat
Although you may want to sit at the window, it's not a wise idea with a toddler. Sure, they may want to see out the window at the world outside. But you'll be thankful to have an aisle seat when your toddler wants to go walkabout.
Aisle seats make it much easier to access your carry on bag to grab snacks or toys for your kiddo. If they need to use the bathroom, you won't have to squeeze past other passengers.
3. Bring an Umbrella Stroller
An umbrella stroller is a stroller which folds away easily and is lightweight to carry. These strollers are perfect for traveling with your toddler. They are cheap and easy to bring on any journey.
Strollers aren't allowed on carry-on but you can check them at the gate at no extra cost. They are easy to bring through security and you can check them at the gate. You can get umbrella stroller bags for less than 5 bucks to keep the stroller from getting damaged.
You'll be thankful for bringing one when you're walking around the airport for an hour or two. The ability to hand carry-on bags on the handlebars is another bonus.
4. Pack Your Carry-On
Bringing the right stuff for your toddler's needs is essential for any journey.
Make sure to pack enough formula and snacks for your tot. Make sure to bring some food that your toddler likes. Not all airlines serve food and toddlers can be picky.
Toys, books, diapers and zip-lock bags are essential to pack. Bring twice as many diapers as you usually would to be safe. If you have one, a tablet is a great item to keep your toddler entertained for hours.
5. Keep Them Entertained
Long flights can often result in bored kids. Sometimes the in-flight entertainment isn't enough to grab your little one's attention. Or your flight may not even have in-flight entertainment provided.
Keeping them entertained is the key to a peaceful journey. Pack a tablet device with their favorite shows and games downloaded. Kid's sized over-ear headphones will keep them from falling off.
Books, music, and toys are also great for keeping them busy. The longer they're entertained, the less chance they'll get bored and start kicking up a fuss.
Flying With a Toddler: Stress Free
If you follow these tips, you're on your way to having an easier flight experience with them.
The more you travel with them, the more equipped you become. They'll get used to it and it'll pave the way for stress-free vacations in the future.
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