It’s hard to believe that I have been flying with my little girls for nearly 10 years. I can still remember the first time we flew to Belfast to introduce Isabelle to her great grandparents. It was a short flight, but we still had to bring all the stuff you would need for a 3-months-old baby despite it being just a weekend stay.
As with everything, after flying for a few times, things got easier and soon I was mastering flying with my baby without her dad as he had to be at work and I wanted to spend some time with my family in the Czech Republic.
Taking off/ Landing
As I was breastfeeding both girls, it was quite handy when taking off and landing. That way my little ones were not focusing on the strange movements or sounds, were latched on my breast and their ears did not get blocked. If you don’t breastfeed, bottle feeding your little one while taking off or landing should have the same effect.
For older children have a few sweets or a lollipop ready, as sucking on these will also help with the change of the air pressure while taking off and landing.
During your flight
If you travel on your own like I did many times, you will absolutely need a baby carrier which is easy to put on while holding your baby. This is not only for their comfort but also for many situations when you will need both of your hands free like when going through the security check-in or similar.
Make sure you also have plenty of healthy snacks for your children. Providing lots of sugary drinks or treats will only make them unsettled. I think we all know or have seen what a sugar overload can do!
Change of clothes for your little ones is something that most of you will have on your list, but do not forget about some spare clothes for yourself too.
I have learned this the hard way after my older daughter vomited all over me and I had nothing to change into! The looks of the fellow passengers were let’s say …. not pleasant!
Do you remember your life before wetwipes? No, that same answer here. How amazing are they, and how many disastrous situations have been saved thanks to these at least in my life!
Comfort toys or blankets are also one of the things that can do miracles! Bringing an inflatable pillow will also make your little ones more comfortable when trying to sleep or rest.
All children need to be entertained, and you are the best person to know what they like doing. My girls love being treated to a magazine at the airport. I always make sure these include activities they can do and not only extra “gifts” stuck on the front page and nothing amazing for them to do inside!
We always have plenty of colouring pencils/crayons and notepads for them to write into or draw. They also enjoy reading books, playing cards and “Dobble” is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday games in our family.
Both girls also enjoy playing the Airside Andy app, which helps little ones understand what is happening at the airports in an educational and interactive way.
When I see that there is not much more for them to do, then it comes the time for them to watch a movie. Make sure you have a portable DVD player/iPad and headphones for your children too. Not everybody on the plane really wants to be listening to the Peppa Pig and George’s adventures!
After revealing my top tips for flying with little children, I would love to share the 12 Travel Hacks to Make Flying with your Family an Enjoyable Experience which you all should read! Schofields have definitley come up with a few more travel hacks that will make your life much easier when flying with your little ones!