Air Travel Tips For Your Toddler (From a Survivor)!

My family and I just returned from our first long-distance trip with our 2 year old son. He would experience two firsts: flying on an airplane and sleeping somewhere “foreign”. I was so nervous about how Elliot would do on the airplane and how he would handle sleeping somewhere other than our house or grandma’s house. It turned out that all my anxiety was for naught. Here is a list of helpful tips that got us through our toddler’s first real vacation.

• You CAN take bottles of milk on the plane if you declare them while going through security! They take them aside and perform a quick test on them before sending you on your way.

• Pack his carry-on bag with toys, books, puzzles that are brand new and have him open them for the first time on the airplane.

• Bring plenty of snacks and have your child munching on something during take-off and landing. Chewing and swallowing helps with the change in altitude.

• Be patient and flexible about sticking to bed time.

• Allow them to “break” some of the rules too, like having ice cream at dinner (or for dinner!) After all, they are on vacation too and it should be fun!

• Managing the airport can be stressful, but if you keep your cool chances are your toddler will take your lead.

• Take advantage of airport play areas so your child can get out some energy before the flight. If there is no designated play area, take them for a walk before your flight so they’re less restless.

Even though travelling with little ones is a lot of extra work, it is also a lot of fun. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be. So sit back and go with the flow! Enjoy your flight!



OT and ET said...

Oh my gosh, Megan, you DID IT! And Elliot was (of course) a total pro! That milk-through-security thing is so good to know! We just found that one out recently, and the same goes for baby products (like Desitin) that are above the ounce limit, they will do a quick test on them and let you through.

I have another one - when booking, if you can, get the bulkhead seats at the front of Coach. There's usually several inches more legroom and no one in front of you so once the seatbelts sign is off you can let your toddler sit/play on the ground if they start to fidget or need to squirrel around. xoxo!

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