Traveling with Children- Flying with Your Angels– Real Advice for Real Life from the American Nanny
Real Advice For Real Life
Parenting Expert Advice from Author and America’s Nanny,
Flying with Your Angels
The holiday season can present the opportunity to travel and visit family both near and far. But when it comes to flying with the kiddos, being prepared should be every traveling parent’s motto.
From planning out seating arrangements to packing purposely, flying with the kids doesn’t have to be turbulent.
Before You Book:
Visit your airline’s web page, and read about their policies and procedures for traveling with young children. Some airlines limit where car seats can be placed and the number of car seats per row.
Be sure to back your child’s favorite “lovies” or other items that bring comfort to your child. You’ll also want to have an easy to access carryon bag full of small books, games, snacks, drinks and items and articles for changing and cleaning up messes.
Airports can be crazy places! Research the amenities of each airport and terminal before you leave. Some will have great play centers and kid friendly restaurants and others will be bare to the bone.
And be sure to allow plenty of time to get to the airport. You never know what can happen with kids and tow and allowing plenty of time for bad traffic, parking, checking bags, and waiting in line can significantly reduce stress.
When you arrive at the gate, ask the airline representative if the flight is full. If not, see if you can get placed in a row that has empty seats.
It’s also a good idea to board before everyone else. This makes getting everyone (and everything!) into place possible before the passenger rush begins.
Be sure your carryon bag has everything that you need to treat an explosive diaper. Be sure to pack a few gallon sized zip top bag to seal out the scent.
You’ll also want to ask the flight attendant where they advise passengers to change their babies.
Feeding the Kiddos:
Bring your own is always the safest way to go.
Be sure to pack adequate snacks and drinks, formula, and easy to feed foods like bread, cheese and crackers to serve up. The worst case scenario would be being stuck on the tarmac with nothing to feed a hungry kid.
Keep the Kids Busy:
Adults have a hard time sitting still on long flights, so you can only imagine how your energetic young in may feel.
Bring along a hand held video game, laptop or portable DVD player to keep older children occupied. Travel versions of favorite games work well too. Younger kids may enjoy books, small cars and other toys that don’t have tons of pieces that will only end up getting lost.
In Flight Napping:
Bring something your child is used to sleeping with. A small blanket, sleep sac or pillow may help them to get some rest in an unfamiliar and crammed place.
Dealing with a Difficult Child:
Be prepared for meltdowns and the evil looks from other passengers that are on board. Do your best to keep children from distracting other passengers by kicking seats in front of them or by screaming. Distracting them with special treats and small new toys can often head of a meltdown before it starts.
Check out www.flyingwithkids.com for more travel tips!
Michelle is an active member of the nanny community. She is the founder and president of Boston Area Nannies, Inc., a local non-profit educational organization and has served on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors.
She is called on by the media as a nanny and parenting expert and has been affectionately dubbed America's Nanny. Michelle has appeared on television and has been featured in print.
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