8 Great Tips for Flying With Kids
Part of the fun of travel is in the adventure - and there is no greater adventure than flying with young children. Embrace it (and them) with some of these tried and tested practices and tips for traveling with kids on a plane.
1. Make sure your baby is thirsty/hungry at take off time so she will drink milk then. The sucking helps equalize ears and provides comfort from air pressure pain.
2. The Quinny Zapp is a very funky stroller that collapses small enough to go in the overhead bin (yes, in the overhead bin). Roll I right up to the plane - no checking with your luggage early.
3. Bring a package of ear plugs and offer them to the people around you. (Few will take them but the gesture will help establish goodwill when Jack and Jill are shouting along to the Wiggles).
4. Wrap small 'wheels up' gifts for them to open when the plane takes off. New toys always work better than old ones.
5. Use a car seat on the plane until your child is three years old. If you didn't book a seat, take a chance and bring your car seat on the plane and ask for an extra one. If the plane is over booked, they can check the car seat without a hassle (works every time).
6. Lollipops give older children something to suck on at take off (for the ears) and keep them quiet for a while.
7. Weetravel.ca offers baby equipment rental services. They deliver to your destination (exersaucers, cribs and more). And the stuff is clean.
8. Pack an extra outfit or clean shirt for a quick wardrobe change upon leaving the warzone (aka the airplane) so Jack and Jill look fresh and clean upon arrival.
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