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Outside of the basic question of asking how our trip was, the follow-up question is usually, “How’d the girls do on the flight?”
It’s no secret that flying with kids is a big deal. Especially an international flight that’s longer than 2 hours. Oh, and add some delays, terminal changes and layovers in foreign countries. I won’t lie, the actual traveling portion of the trip gave me anxiety thinking about it. “Will the kids sleep…would Zuri be that crying baby? How will I keep them entertained? Will I be able to get any sleep? Will we miss our connecting flights? SEVEN hour flight?!”
So, will you be traveling with your little one(s) anytime soon? Here are some simple tips that may make your flights smoother:
–Book Red Eye flights: This works out perfectly because the kids get to sleep during the flight. Oh an since we are speaking of sleep. Don’t worry about your kids being Jet lagged. They adjust much better than we do.
–Feed during takeoff and landing: This will help to pop their ears and assist in putting them down for a nap.
–Buy NEW toys: We gifted Zoe with a new art journal and scented glitter pins so that she can draw on the flight.
–Charge and Download Apps/Movies on electronic devices: We all know how long our kids can be occupied for on that good ole ipad!
–Food: Keep the snacks on deck! While we may be able to hold ourselves over as adults, our babies like to EAT.
–Pack comforting items in your carry-on: Tylenol, Pacifier, blanket, etc. You never know if your little one will need it.
–Bring your carrier or stroller: Our kids don’t feel like running from different terminals, standing in long security lines and so on. Bring that umbrella stroller, carrier or Lugabug. Check out the Lugabug product HERE. It was a true lifesaver in the airport.
–Go through the Stroller Line: Ask a TSA worker if they have a line designated for strollers. Many airports do but if they don’t, they may still allow you to go through the Pre Check or First Class line.
–Ask to board first: Some airlines let families board first out of courtesy. We went and asked for each flight we were on and we were granted first preference so that we could get on and get settled.
–Request a Bassinet: My good friend Jasmine shared this info with me! One out of four of our flights had one. You may or may not get lucky. If they have one, they basically move you to an exit row and they fasten a bassinet to the wall. Your baby can sleep soundly in it and give your arms a break.
I know some of these things are really basic but I know there are many Mommas panicking about flying with a little one. It’s my prayer that this eases your anxiety. You got this! Everything will be fine! Now, go show your babies the world!