Traveling on a plane with babies or young children can be an adventure for sure. I grew up as a frequent traveler boy. As a mother, I have traveled on a plane several times with my own children. Here are my top tips to travel with kids for keeping your trip stress free and helping you and your children get there intact.
Use your stroller
Even if your child walks normally everywhere or is a parenting ninja. If they fit in your stroller, take it. In addition to containing your child and freeing his back, his stroller can be a convenient place to store all his things together. Keep your diaper bag, coats, and any other items you may need to carry in your own portable bag.
Do you have a connecting flight? Your stroller is very valuable to carry everything quickly from point A to point B. You will be able to carry your children and their things and take you to your next flight faster, than if your child were on your own.
Protect your investment: Get a stroller bag
Now that your trusted stroller has arrived at the door, you will have to fold it up to mount it on the plane. This will mean visible wear and tear on your stroller by baggage handlers. Buy a bag to protect your investment, especially if you have a good stroller. A huge duffel bag or stroller bag is better than nothing, but even better is a padded bag for your stroller. I have a padded bag and it gives me the security of receiving my stroller, from point A to point B in perfect condition.
Use a diaper bag compatible with the stroller
When we fly, we carry a bag just for the baby, a bag for our older child (a backpack that he uses) and a bag that my husband and I share. To help make carrying the baby bag easier, we have a jump board for the diaper bag. It has special clips that attach it to your stroller, and then it detaches easily if I want to carry it as a messenger bag. This particular bag has plenty of large pockets both inside and outside, perfect for storing cell phones, water bottles, baby food and more.
Keep important articles about you
Between registering with your airline, going through security and getting on the plane, you will need to carry your official identity documents and boarding passes with you. You will also want easy access to money or credit cards. Be sure to keep these items hidden in your pockets, for easy access and to avoid rummaging through your bag.
Between a lot of walking and the dry air circulating in the aircraft, it is easy to become dehydrated. Bringing your own stainless steel water bottle and keeping it full to encourage drinking is a very good idea. Due to liquid prohibitions, you can keep the bottle empty and fill it after passing through the checkpoint.
There is nothing worse than a grumpy boy on an airplane. Being hungry (along with the other factors of travel stress) brings out the worst in everyone, especially children. A personalized lunch box for each member of your family with an assortment of healthy snacks will save you the occasional tantrum. Some of our favorite travel snacks are apples, banana chips, string cheese, sandwiches, bananas, mixed nuts and dried fruit.
If you are traveling with a baby, they are also authorized to carry pumped breast milk, formula or baby food in the normal amount of liquid allowed. Just be sure to pack all of your baby’s feeding needs in a bag and declare them at the TSA checkpoint.
Have a plan to pop your ears
Although most adults can pop their ears to order, children usually need a little help. If you’re still nursing, nursing for takeoff and landing will help your baby unclog his ears.
For older children or babies who are no longer nursing, a sip cup with a straw is a good option. Older children can also suck on hard candy to help their ears unclog.
Find out in advance how you and your children will spend time on your flight. Usually having a variety of digital and analog activities, games and movies downloaded on our tablet, coloring books, colored pencils, blank paper and some small toys (appropriate) for their age. Be sure to bring a pair of headphones to watch movies or listen to any of the sounds coming out of your device.
Extras package of everything
Bring extra diapers, clothes, a shirt for mom, cash, etc. in case an accident occurs or if you are delayed, you will be glad if you are in a hurry.
I have a phobia of germs. I need to do everything possible to prevent my children from being sick while we are on vacation. While it’s always preferable to using sanitizer for handwashing with soap and water, we also liberally use spray sanitizing to clean both our hands as well as the trays and seat handles in our areas. When choosing a disinfectant, look for one that does not have toxic ingredients.
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