A toddler’s first plane ride can be overwhelming for both your child and yourself, especially when he is prone to tantrums. But don’t worry – with careful planning and preparation, it won’t be as bad as you expect it to be. Remember that you’ll have the support of the flight attendants and possibly other parents on the plane ride as well.
Here are 3 tips try for a stress-free airplane ride with a toddler:
Book an early morning flight
An early morning flight is most ideal for toddlers and young children. Usually, the flights are less crowded and there’s a better chance to avoid takeoff and landing delays. The best part is that during early morning, everyone is still feeling tired and sleepy, especially children – there’s a higher chance of them wanting to take a nap during the flight.
It’s also ideal to take advantage of the early flight check in (for passengers with babies and children). You will be offered assistance and will be the first ones to board the aircraft, meaning there’s less chance that you’ll be struggling through the aisle with an energetic toddler while carrying your luggage.
Pack just right
You don’t want to be the parent asking a flight attendant if there are crayons or some gummy worms available on the plane. Flights usually have limited options when it comes to food and items that will cater to children so it’s that you come prepared.
You know better than anyone else what your kid likes and what he needs to keep busy. If your flight is short, one favorite snack, some water and a comfort item (a favorite toy, a pacifier etc.) should suffice. But if you’re in for a long one, pack the essentials (diapers, wipes, sanitizer, plastic bag for trash, extra clothing), some low sugar snacks (pretzels, crackers, string cheese, granola bars, etc.), water, art supplies, tablet (with your child’s favorite shows or movies) and head phones.
Don’t pack too much, though – don’t forget that you’ll be carrying the baggage while minding your little one!
Prepare your little one
It’s better that kids also know what to expect. Get him excited – tell him all about your destination and that you’ll need to ride an airplane to get there. Show him videos or read him books of other kids enjoying a plane ride which will help him feel more at ease when the day comes.
Follow these 3 tips for a stress-free airplane ride with a toddler!