Is it your first time flying? Or first time flying with a baby, toddler, or kid? Follow our flying tips and always fly prepared and everything will be easier. We share what to expect when flying either for the first time or flying for the first time as a parent.
Flying with kids doesn’t have to be difficult. There are several things you can do before, during, and after your flight to make the experience positive for your kids, yourself, and the other passengers on the plane. By thinking ahead to how the day is going to go, delegating tasks to the traveling adults, and providing good information and entertainment for your little ones, you can make your next trip with your children the best one yet!
Flying Tips for Kids and Babies
Choose a night or early morning flight. A sleepy kid will be more likely to conk out during the plane ride. Early morning flights also tend to be less crowded. If you’re taking an overnight flight and they just can’t calm down, try quietly reading them a bedtime story that they’ve heard before. Having them listen to calming music or nature sounds, or giving them a gentle back and neck massage. If you’re still having trouble getting them to sleep, child doses of melatonin, Benadryl (diphenhydramine cannot be used for children under age 2), or other gentle sleep aids can help. If you are unsure about the safety of a sleep aid, ask your pediatrician for recommendations and tips.
Check flight costs for children as they can vary by airline. Airlines sometimes have child fare information on their website. If they don’t, call the airline and ask if you can expect a fee for an infant to sit in your lap. Whether you should buy another adult seat for your toddler, and if your child needs a special safety seat based on their age and size.
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When they start to cry: Here are some things that you can do on the plane if your baby does happen to get into a crying fit. Remember to focus on your child and don’t worry about the other passengers around you.
Dig into your bag of toys. Try to engage with your baby. Play, read a story, sing songs with actions.
Put your baby cheek to cheek with you and hum a song, this skin to skin helps calm them.
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