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Eight Tips for your Toddlers first Flight

Traveling with a toddler can be a daunting prospect, especially when it involves flying for the first time. However, with some preparation and a positive attitude, it can be a rewarding experience for both you and your little one. Here are some tips to help make the journey as smooth as possible:

  1. Plan Ahead: Take time to research the airline’s policies regarding children, including seating options and any amenities they provide for families. Consider scheduling the flight during your toddler’s regular nap time to increase the chances of them sleeping during the journey. One handy thing we found was a portable harness that is made to work with airline belts. We purchased and really like this one.
  2. Pack Wisely: Prepare a carry-on bag with all the essentials such as diapers, wipes, snacks, toys, and a change of clothes for both you and your toddler. Don’t forget to bring your toddler’s favorite comfort items, such as a blanket or stuffed animal, to help them feel secure.  We made it an adventure and little B had her very own backpack that she got to put some special treats and activities in! This took some of the weight out of my carry-on and made it a more fun and engaging experience for her.
  3. Engage and Entertain: Keeping a toddler entertained during a flight is key to a successful journey. Bring a variety of activities such as coloring books, stickers, and small, quiet toys. Consider downloading some toddler-friendly apps or videos onto a tablet or smartphone for additional entertainment.
  4. Stay Calm and Positive: Toddlers are perceptive and can pick up on their parents’ stress. To put it bluntly, they smell fear! Maintain a positive and calm demeanor throughout the journey, and be prepared to handle any potential meltdowns with patience and understanding.
  5. Be Mindful of Ear Pressure: Changes in air pressure during takeoff and landing can be uncomfortable for little ears. Encourage your toddler to drink from a sippy cup, suck on a pacifier, or chew on a snack to help alleviate any discomfort.
  6. Practice Good Hygiene: Pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to keep germs at bay, and be prepared for any unexpected messes with a supply of disposable bags. If you have a dog, a roll of waste bags is an easy and handy addition to your carry-on.
  7. Be Considerate to Other Passengers: Letting your neighbors know that you’re a first-time flyer with a toddler may help ease any tensions. Apologize in advance for any potential disturbances and be proactive in managing your toddler’s behavior to the best of your ability.  Unless you get seated next to a grade A grump, most people are really nice when you let them know you are flying with a toddler for the first time. We were fortunate to have a good experience and Little B and I made some new friends!
  8. Reward and Praise: Positive reinforcement goes a long way. Praise your toddler for good behavior during the flight and consider a small reward for their cooperation, in my experience fruit snacks are always a winner!

Remember, every toddler is different, and what works for one might not work for another. It’s important to be flexible and patient, and above all, to embrace the adventure of traveling with your little one.

Safe travels!

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