Flying with a toddler can be stressful especially when they are at the age of the good old tantrums! There will always be people out there who moan at parents taking kids on planes but how I see it is that kids have the right to travel just as much as adults so people just need to grow up a bit. A young child crying on a flight cannot be helped if they are tired, hungry or have sore ears.
Our top tips for flying with a toddler
Buy a Trunki or Little Suitcase
Firstly at the airport a trunki is great as it makes a good aid of transport if your kid has tired legs as you can pull them along, but it can also be filled up your child’s favourite toys (let them help pack it too). Put in some books, toys and sticker books as these are always a good hit with children. Try not to pick toys that have many pieces as more than often your child will drop them on the floor and you will be left to try find the pieces. The above applies for a little suitcase however they wont be able to ride it. Do whichever is best for your family
If your child still has a comforter then pack it in their trunki or their bag (if you didn’t want to get a trunki). But guard it with your life as if they lose it there could be bigger problems for you!
During Take Off
Your child could get sore ears from the pressure during take off and landing. Have a dummy available, or sweets if they are old enough, or even juice for them to drink. It will help them ease the pain.
Make sure you take enough snacks to last you the flight as everyone loves to eat, and most of the time from our experience aeroplane food isn’t always tasty to young kids…or me to be honest! We always make sure we have enough toddler friendly snacks and snacks that are suitable for our children (food allergies)
Self explanatory really…clean up toddler, you and the plane!
Change of Clothes
We always carry a change of clothes for the kids as you never know what could happen. Accidents do happen especially if your child is potty training. Take underwear, socks, t-shirt, trousers and if going somewhere warm a pair of shorts too.
Not for all families but works great for us. Stick on a movie or fave program and let them enjoy. Use child friendly headphones so other passengers don’t have to hear what they are listening too.
Toddlers love to be nosey…well ours does. So by booking a window seat you can let them look at the window and try give them things to spot. Works well for us as a family.
Always best to carry the sachets of calpol etc in case they need it during your travelling. Also take your child’s normal medication if they are on them too. (If you have prescription medicine check with the country you are going to that you don’t need a doctors note to get them into the country – some do ask)
Tablet With Child Friendly Apps
Again not for everyone but long as its time restricted we don’t mind. There are lots of child friendly apps out there and many are educational and fun for toddlers to play with.
So that is our top tips for flying with a toddler. What works for you and your family? Let us know so other people can use your top tips too.
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