Guest Post by Heather Smith:
The best part of flying is that you get to your destination fast. However, the worst part is how fast your child can make flying a ‘never again’ option. Whether it is your first time to fly with your child or you had a grueling experience the last time, these tips will help you and your child get through the flight:
Entertain: If you are able, bring a DVD player and your child’s favorite movies. Allow them to choose what they want to watch and this will ensure at least an hour and half of a quiet and happy child.
Timing: Time the flights when your child is most sleepy or most happy and not most cranky. Night flights are a good way to fly with younger children who fall asleep easily. If your child has trouble falling asleep, time a flight at their most happy, typically right after naps.
Headphones: Invest in some comfortable and noise-cancelling headphones for your child. Most children cry on flights because of the ear pressure and the discomfort it can cause. These headphones will help them relax.
Comfort: Make sure to board the plane with your child’s favorite toy, stuffed animal, dolly, binky or blanket. Flying can be overwhelming for your child and their comfort toy will get them through it better. Request a blanket and pillow once you board.
Snacks: Pack enough snacks to get them through the flight. As an added bonus pack their favorite candy as a last minute emergency amidst a meltdown.
Remember your child is unfamiliar with the noises and experience of flying. Keep calm and your child will follow suit, make it enjoyable and make it a fun game. Tell them about the different noises and what is going on to ease their concerns. Follow these tips to friendly skies!
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.
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