Summer’s here, which means a lot of us are traveling. A lot of parents avoid plane travel because they’re worried their child will panic and cause a scene. With a few simple tips, plane travel is usually not a problem.
1. Know the breastfeeding policy – If you’re nursing, know the breastfeeding policy of the airline. Even though you should have free rights, it’s not worth a fight. You might have to use pumped milk for a bottle.
2. Send supplies ahead – Rather than lug the stroller, infant seat, and play yard through the airport, ship it ahead via UPS or FedEx. Airline fees for this stuff is climbing; it may even be cheaper to mail it.
3. Go with the longer layover – Getting across the airport will be hard with a baby. Give yourself at least an hour to move to the next gate, go to the bathroom and maybe get something to eat.
4. Feed during takeoffs and landings – These times are usually the times when babies become distressed. Distract your kid with a soothing feeding during this time so they have something comforting to think about.
5. Use a sling – Instead of the bulky stroller, consider using a wrap or sling so you can strap baby in and go. It will also help you get through crowds.
6. Mind the TSA – Security has to inspect all fluids, including breast milk or premixed formula. Have these items ready before you go through the checkpoint.
7. Ask about free stuff – You would be surprised how much free stuff some airlines have to keep kids comfortable and quiet on airplanes. They’ll usually have books and crayons, stuff like that.
8. Pack new toys – Pick a few inexpensive items for the ride. If your child becomes fussy on the plane, offer the new toy. Its novelty will distract them from their discomfort.
9. Plane flights during naps – Whenever possible, have your kids sleep through travel. Pick a fight that’s flies during the usual nap time as much as possible. Depending on your child’s age, you might want to keep them up a bit before the flight so they are good and tired.
10. Take a walk up and down the plane – Sometimes a fussy baby just needs a change of scenery to relax. There isn’t much space in a plane, but you can walk up and down the aisle and see some people for a few minutes. Pop into the bathroom just to check it out. If other passengers are friendly, visit for a few minutes.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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