Well it is only a few days from our trip out east to spend Christmas with my family. My husband and I are busy preparing ourselves and the kids for the flight. We are not strangers to flying with kids anymore I have been going home with Diana since she was 3 months old. David has only come with me about half the time I’ve gone, since I can just go when I want for a week here or there I did that a lot during Diana’s first 2 years until we had to pay for her.
I’ve learned many things in the 4 and a half years I’ve been flying with kids. Here is what I have found to work and kept the flights as pleasant as one can hope with little ones.
- Time flights as best as you can for naps or when you know they can stay awake for a longer period of time (the girls never slept on the plane only finally when we would land).
- Bring lots of finger foods or things to dip/spread. The longer it takes to eat something the more distracted they are and occupied for that time. Kids always seem to be happy to eat. Plus planes don’t always serve things kids like and can be costly.
- Bring sippy cups of your own for little ones, yes the planes have cups but one bump and its all spilled.
- Make a trip to your dollar store for small toys, trinkets and colouring books ahead of time. Being able to bring out a new item every 30 minutes can be helpful and exciting since they are new, but keep things small and light.
- Don’t pack more than a head set and MP3 player or ipod for yourself. You won’t have time to listen to much even if they are happy, but if you do manage a few moments you can at least watch the TV in front of you.
- If you are able to choose your own seats pick as close to the back as possible. The stewardess are closer to help you and so are the washroom. You will most likely be the last one of the plane anyways so why sit near the front.
- Call your local airport ahead of time to find out what sorts of amenities they have inside for food, entertainment etc. You don’t want to rush through security to find out you can buy anything bigger than a candy bar to eat. Plus lots of airports now have play areas for kids to burn of steam before having to sit for so long. We try to get to our airport early enough to take advantage of these.
- Suitcase buckets and seat buckets can provide endless entertainment. Diana spent a whole flight playing with the empty seat belt next to us once.
- Bring your own portable DVD player, to guarantee a movie or TV show your child enjoys.
- Try to relax and enjoy the flight for what it is, flying with kids will never be perfect and be just find ways to laugh at what you can. It could be worse, like the story of Jeffery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0cYJUqJys told by Bill Cosby.
Wish us luck on our flight! Enjoy!
From our Happy Family to Yours!