Knowing you will be flying with a toddler can create a lot anxiety before your trip, especially if this is your first time flying with a child this age. While traveling by car or train may seem more appealing with littles, it’s often not an option. The fantastic news is that flying with a toddler doesn’t have to be a nightmare, for you or anyone else on board.
Below is a quick list of tips to help when flying with toddler
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Tips for Flying with a Toddler
- Make sure to have an aisle seat – while your toddler may want to view the great outdoors while flying in the air, they will also want to get up to walk or at least squirm a little while that seat belt sign is off. Plus, you’ll be able to make multiple trips to the bathroom for diaper changes or potty breaks if you are potty training while traveling. A restless toddler on a plane with an aisle seat will make the trip more pleasurable for all involved.
- Book nonstop flights if possible – be sure to make your flight schedule nonstop if possible and have the flight during their scheduled nap time. When you work within these two parameters then flying with a toddler should be a piece of cake.
- Prepare for security – make sure your toddler has easy to slip off shoes just in case (although many airports are now allowing kids under 12 to keep their shoes on,) and make the scenario a game for your toddler. Little ones work best when being engaged during a new process, such as going through airport security stops.
- Do not board early – while most people who have children are allowed to board earlier than others, you may want to think twice. Your toddler isn’t going to sit still for the full length of the flight. Don’t make your toddler endure sitting still much longer than necessary.
- Enlist help from of flight attendants – they are here to serve and assist so don’t be hesitant to ask an attendant for help with boarding or for assistance with your carry-on luggage.
- Carry-on extra supplies – be sure to have toys that are allowed on the plane, snacks (can’t have too many of those) and other distraction items for your toddler in your carry-on luggage, and don’t feel a bit guilty about screen time!
- Think about ear pain – many suffer from ear pain when taking off and landing, your toddler won’t know what this is. Bring lollipops to help ease the possibility of ear pain during initial take-off and landing.
You might also find some of my tips for traveling with preschoolers helpful, especially number 1!
There are many tricks of the trade people have learned just from experience when flying with a toddler. Check out this post from a fellow mama with toy and app suggestions for keeping your toddler entertained on the plane.
Enjoy your trip!