5 Tips for Flying with Your Toddler
Air travel is pretty amazing. Just by hopping on a plane you can wake up in one city and sit down to lunch in another, hundreds of miles away, without having done more than selecting your seat and settling in for the ride. If you’re a parent, though, and you’re flying with your toddler, the joys and wonder of air travel may be lost on you because, well, flying with little ones can be really hard. The gear, the tantrums, and the prospect of other passengers being annoyed with your little one can be intimidating but luckily there are some things you can do to make your journey easier! If you’re hopping on a plane with your toddler anytime soon, check out the tips below to ensure a smooth flight.
1. Travel light
For being so small, toddlers require a remarkable amount of gear. Toys, car seats, and strollers are tough to lug around if you have a little one so try to minimize what you bring. Look into the possibility of borrowing or renting bigger items at your destination and for the smaller things, ask yourself if they’re a true necessity or just a “nice to have.”
2. Wear your tot (if possible)
As babies transition to toddlers, one of the coolest things parents note is how much more independent their little one becomes. Independence is a fantastic trait, but when you’re at the airport and your tot wants to show off their independence but running away, wiggling out of your arms, or tearing through the terminal, you might want to think about ways to rein them in. One of the best solutions to toddler running is to wear your little one in a front or back carrier. As a bonus, you’ll still have two hands to carry bags or navigate the check-in process.
3. Pack LOTS of snacks
When a toddler is hungry, everyone around them knows it. Even if your flight doesn’t cross your normal meal or snack times, plan ahead for delays by bringing along some of their favorite treats. Don’t forget how important your own needs are and bring along some of your favorite snacks as well!
4. Think about hitting pause on your no screen-time rule
Many parents don’t like their little ones watching movies or TV shows at home. While it’s true that prolonged screen time can be detrimental to your kid’s health, an hour on the airplane won’t likely have a long-term impact. Sitting still for long periods can be tough (even for grown up’s) so if you think it may make the experience more enjoyable for your little one, don’t feel guilty about bringing along the iPad.
5. Don’t worry about what others think
Most airplane passengers are nice. Many have kids in their lives and are familiar with the difficulties that parents face when traveling with little ones. From time to time, some passengers get frustrated by crying babies or fussing toddlers and either shoot the parents a dirty look or say something rude. If this happens, try not to feel anxious or embarrassed and instead remember that you’re doing your very best and that soon you’ll be off the plane and on your way.
Do you have any tips for flying with toddlers?