Travel hacks for flying with babies and kids
Flying with a baby and / or child can be a nightmare – but it does not have to be! Read our travel hacks and enjoy your flight.
Electronical devices and Magazines
We do not support excessive use of electronical devices but while on 30’000 feet it might be an easy choice to bring an electronic tablet with apps for children and / or movies with you, there are also some better options like magazines where they can do drawings, solve riddles and other fun stuff. Our experience is, that children stay calm for a long time, when preoccupied with these kind of magazines.
Okay, it might seem awkward to carry a bigger pillow with you on your journey but as your toddler / baby might not be tall enough to look out of the window, it could actually be a great idea. Additionally, between take-off and landing, your small one is able to sleep comfortable with this fluffy pillow.
Lollipop for take-off and landing
We all have experienced problems with our ears while take-off and landing. Help your children to equalize their ears easily. While you can give your baby the bottle to equalize the easiest, a lollipop for your toddler is a similar thing. Be aware to pack a sugar free version with you, because otherwise they might get a bit hyperactive – and that may be the only thing you do not want to happen.
Bring your own food with you
Flying means for your child that it has different sleeping patterns as at home, different food and a lot of new things to see. And it also means that you will be waiting for a long time for your food. Adults do not have a big problem to wait patiently (there are exceptions) but your toddler will be more emotional about this topic. So it is always a good thing to carry a little amount of food with you to give it to your toddler while waiting.
Watch out of the ‘Aeroplane Police’!
A clever trick is to warn young children of the “Aeroplane Police” who are looking out for badly behaved children as they are not allowed to fly. I am not suggesting you scare them out of their wits. However it always seemed to be an easy trick to keep them more calm. And if they behave very good, you also could give them a small gift to show them that this is the right way to behave.
After all this travel hacks, we want that you always remember the following:
Don’t Apologise for your Child just being a Child!
In the newspaper, you might have read about parents travelling with children, which prepared small gifts to say sorry for their children – in advance. One thing you have to remember is just how draining and stressful long journeys can be at times. At the end of the day your kids are exactly that; kids. If they’re moody, don’t feel as if you have to apologise to the people around you. They clearly have never experienced the stress of travelling with children. And if they had, they will completely understand this stressful situation! If you see people on planes, in trains or in restaurants rolling their eyes, don’t be insecure. It is a part of a child’s personality and to be fair, these are the highs and lows of a family holidays. And by the way, people who do not want to hear a crying baby will definitely buy some ear protection in advance.
Family holidays are often stressful but an incredibly worthwhile experience. There is a lot of trial and error involved when it comes to finding your comfort zone for travelling with children. But is this different to every other day? You just cannot send them to their room. That’s the difference.
To summarize in one sentence: It depends on you how stressful and moody behaviour of your child will be. Take it easy, do not think about others and focus on your family!
If you have any other travel hacks, we would like to read them in the comments.
Enjoy your flight!
Ben & Emma