7 Tips for Flying Solo With Your Younger Child

               

Last month, I took a three-day trip with the baby (10 months old), which involved a short one hour flight. It was his first plane ride, and my first time traveling solo with one of my children.

I wanted it to be a fun and relaxed travel experience, and the following tips ensured that we did.

Where possible, pick a flight that will fit in with your child's nap times

I was lucky that I had many choices for flights, so I chose one that coincided with the baby's first nap of the day. The moment the plane taxied down the runway, he fell asleep and remained sleeping for the entire one-hour flight.

Bring snacks

Hungry babies get grumpy! Bring a few of his favorite snacks with you in your carry-on bag, you won't regret it.

Introduce a new toy/ book

My baby loves books, so I picked two new ones he's never seen before, and it kept him occupied as we waited to board the flight. However, don't be that parent who gives their kids obnoxiously loud toys on the plane!

Dress the child practically

Make sure her outfit is suitable for the weather, is comfortable and is not too fiddly for you to deal with during diaper changes.You have to be prepared to change her in small, confined spaces, and if your child is wriggly like mine, the last thing you want to do is struggle with buttons and the like.

Wet wipes are your best friend

Airports and planes are not the cleanest of places, and if your baby is a crawler, and one who touches everything, you want to have wet wipes ready to clean little hands and faces.

Bring more than you think you need

Extra wet wipes, diapers, snacks, change of clothes – better to be safe than sorry!

Use a baby carrier or sling for baby, have toddlers walk

A stroller may seem to be a great idea because it means you don't need to haul a 20-pound baby around. However, you have to consider a few things. One, going through security checks. You have to fold the stroller up as it goes through the X-ray scanner. Imagine doing that while holding a baby and a large diaper bag. Two, if your baby refuses to sit in it, you have to carry her AND push the stroller. I used a baby carrier, which left me hands-free and the baby did not mind one bit. He was close to me, offering him a sense of security, and at the same time, he could take in all the sights and sounds.

Do you have any tips to offer parents who are travelling 

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7 Tips for Flying Solo With Your Younger Child

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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