My son and I enjoy airplane rides, but when traveling with an infant, the situation is MUCH different!
Going on a vacation is supposed to be fun and exciting, but it can be really stressful if you are traveling with a baby or a toddler, especially by airplane! The first thing you need to remember is that you cannot control a baby’s behavior, and their only way to communicate is to cry so don’t get upset if that’s all they do! I know, easier said than done.
I have a friend, Jessica, who recently flew over 2,000 miles from Tennessee to California with her 4-month-old son. It was her first time flying with him, and she was doing it solo. As you can imagine, she was extremely stressed out and worried about how the flight would go. As expected, it was a little rough. Her son cried for both flights, pooped through all of his diapers and outfits, and refused to eat so he just screamed during lunch and dinner as well.
These are all “issues” that cannot be avoided; however, there are some things you can do to help make the flight or traveling a little easier.
If your child is not old enough to play with toys, try to feed them at take off and landing to keep them entertained and calm. It will also help with their ears popping. If they are old enough to play with toys, make sure to bring plenty! Books are another great choice since children love to be stimulated with pictures and hearing your voice at the same time.
Some parents will bring a portable DVD player with a few movies to keep their children distracted and entertained. Whatever you decide to do is completely up to you – but the most important tip I can give you is to remember that sometimes you just can’t stop them from crying, and that’s okay. Remember, people buy plane tickets knowing the possibility of there being a crying baby or child. Don’t sweat the small stuff.