5 Tips to Survive a Toddler’s First Flight
1. Pack lots of snacks and bring a water bottle or sippy cup. No one wants to get soaked when a drink spills, I always bring a water bottle or sippy cup to avoid messes with kids! Even if your kids are great with a cup, you never know when the tray table might get bumped and juice will go flying! Some of our favorite airplane snacks can be found in our post What to Pack: Airplane Snacks for Toddlers
3. With the above post in mind, do not pack TOO MUCH! You will end up lugging too many bags, as well as children and will likely get frustrated while trying to squish everything under your seat or in the overhead bin!
4. Take advantage of the inflght magazine, let the kids read it, use it as a “look and find” book as you ask them to idenfity things on the pages or letters or words depending on their ages
5. Try not to worry about the other people around you. Yes you child may scream or cry, but most other passengers will not even bat an eye. If they have their own children, they can sympathize with you. There is no expectation of peace and quiet on an airplane. Its their problem if they are upset, not yours!
While almost all airlines allow families with young children to board first, why have your toddler in a small space for longer than absolutely necessary! We always get on last and then the flight is rolling away from the gate before we even know it!
Hope you enjoy your toddler’s first flight! Let me know how it goes in the comments!
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