Flying: 6 tips to keep your toddler happy

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Flying: 6 tips to keep your toddler happy

Flying can be stressful for parents of wee ones, even scary for first timers. The prospect of boarding an airplane with a toddler can be daunting. You never know what to expect.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that likewise, us parents never know what to expect with our toddlers in any given situations. Hence this situation is no different!

So, before you stress yourself out and put off flying for a while, read on! These tips are tried and tested and will have you ready to take off in no time!

1. Get a night flight

We’ve done this a few times, and it always works a treat. If you can manage to book a flight which takes off shortly before your child’s bedtime, it’s safe to assume that your child will sleep for the duration of the flight at least. Nina is usually one to wake up when moved about, but the airplane seems to have a drowsy effect on her. She’s been transferred from my arms, to pushchair or carseat to cot with no issues and has slept all throughout the trip to our accommodation and beyond.

2. Dress them comfy

Night flight or not, comfort is a must. Dress your toddler in the cosiest, softest clothes, ones that he or she would gladly fall asleep in.

3. Dress them wisely

Opt for clothes which are easy to take off and put on again. Quick nappy changes in the smallest of spaces are something you will have to deal with. Always dress your child in layers so you can remove or add clothing according to the temperature which will vary greatly from airport to airplane to outdoors. I find that ponchos are a great way to add on an extra layer without having to move your child as much as you would with a jacket.

4. Take some cuddlies

That would be a blanket, and your toddler’s favourite soft toy. Just be sure not to forget it on board!

5. Present a bottle

A dummy will also do the trick! Take off and landing can cause a lot of discomfort to a baby’s or toddler’s ears. Give your baby a bottle, breast or dummy during take off and landing. The sucking motion will help equalise their eardrums and will keep the pain at bay.
For older children who do not take a bottle or dummy, a lollipop can help.

6. Keep them entertained

Even the shortest flight can be a challenge for any parent flying with a toddler. Entertaining your child is a no-brainer. If you haven’t already, have a read – last week’s blog post ‘How to keep your toddler entertained on a flight’ is just what you need!

And there you have it. Flying with a toddler isn’t as challenging as you may think!

Happy Friday mamas!

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