Airplane Travel with Toddlers
Traveling by airplane with young children can be very difficult. Unlike
car travel where you have the opportunity to stop every few hours to
allow your toddler to exercise, an airplane confines you to a relatively
small space for the duration of the flight. If you have a particularly
long flight, this can be very difficult. Even flights of two hours in
length can seem much longer when you have a cranky toddler on your hands.
There are, however, a few tips for making airplane travel more comfortable
and enjoyable for you, your toddler and your fellow passengers.
The first tip is to consider purchasing a seat for your toddler on your
flight. Many airlines do not require children under a certain age to
have their own seat. Although you are allowed to travel with your child
on your lap, this may not be the most comfortable way to travel for
you, your child or your neighbor. Airplane seats are very small and
adding an additional person, albeit a small child to this situation
can make things uncomfortable for everyone involved. Many airlines have
three seats per section and if there are three travelers in your party,
including your child, you may have the luxury of purchasing a seat for
your child between you and your traveling companion. This will give
you and your companion a little more mobility and will make your child
as comfortable as possible.
Longer flights can be very difficult for young children. Try to bring
along games or toys that will keep them entertained. If they enjoy watching
movies and you have a portable DVD player, you could bring along a few
favorite movies for your child to watch during the flight. This may
help to keep them occupied for significant stretches of time. This is
particularly effective if the child has not watched their favorite DVDs
in a few days.
The food available on airplanes is usually pretty limited so it advisable
to bring along nutritious snacks to keep your child from being hungry.
Milk and all natural juices are good beverage choices. Also snacks of
fruit, cheese or crackers are convenient for travel and nutritious for
your child. Avoid giving your child sugary snacks such as sodas and
candy because these can make your child feel over stimulated.
It is very likely that your child will begin to annoy your neighbors
if he does not behave well on the trip. In the best case scenario, you
will be seated near someone who loves children and may help to keep
your child entertained but there is always the possibility that you
will be seated near someone who is easily annoyed and not tolerant of
children. In either case it is best to be polite to your neighbor, acknowledge
your child’s behavior and let them know you are doing everything possible
to keep your child still.
Bringing along a change of clothes and spare diapers is a must when
traveling with children. Although the space for changing your child
is very limited, in an emergency situation, you may have to make due
and figure out a creative way to change your child if their diaper leaks.
Also, bring along zip lock plastic bags to put dirty diaper or soiled
clothing into if you do have to change your child. This will help to
contain offensive odors.
Traveling by airplane with children can be difficult but proper preparation
can ease the difficulty. Planning ahead and brining along necessities
for entertainment and nutrition can help to keep your child calm and
happy for the duration of the flight.
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