Traveling with children is a “challenge” not all parents can handle, especially on long haul flights. Here are some “tips” you should pocket.
1. Bring all necessary things
First, make a list of things you need to bring with you on the plane. You can refer to the following list: toys or books to change every hour, empty bottles for baby’s water, some clothes for change, plastic bags with zippers, wet tissues, coats blankets, music headsets, iPads, mugs with lids, candies, pacifiers, pediatric nausea.
2. Do not bring too many diapers
Do not bring too many diapers, because you can buy diapers at the destination. A diaper bag is not counted as hand baggage. So bring diaper bags, but just put a few diapers in it, while the rest use space to hold other items.
3. Suitable clothes
Dress neatly and smartly. For children, wear them with buttons or snaps instead of traditional buttons. Mothers who are breastfeeding should wear easily removable cloaks and wear as many pockets as possible.
4. Order a special meal
Make a special meal such as vegetarian, Jewish or Muslim food, anything available on the menu. These dishes are usually brought in advance, ie children will be eating sooner.
5. Advance notice to the airline
Tell the airline that you are bringing a baby under the age of two. Also, ask for a baby cradle on the plane (bassinet) and a seat next to the bulkhead for yourself. At the ticket counter, you can also request a window seat for your baby to feed.
6. Label your luggages
Label your name, address, telephone number, or email address in all the baskets in case you are struggling with the missing items. If carrying a milk heater, check that the current at the destination is compatible with the machine.
7. Find the private lane
At some airports, you can find a lane reserved for women with children under 2 or 3 years of age in the security area.
8. Check-in early
Get to the airport early because carrying small children can cause you to incur a lot of errands to do.
9. Avoid being affected by pressure change
Give your baby a bottle or suck the nipple while the plane is taking off and landing to keep the baby’s ears from being affected by the pressure change. Be smart timers, otherwise the baby will eat before the plane to pick up or landed. For slightly older children, you can also drink water or suck candy.
10. Be forewarned to those around you
Get acquainted with people sitting near you and apologize first if the child is bothering on the plane. Do not be afraid to let them know if you are traveling alone with the kids. These people can help you look after your children or keep your belongings if you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the flight.
11. Stop your baby from crying
If your child is crying, sing, make fun noises, stand up, walk or do something to disperse the child’s concentration. Do not be afraid to be seen by others, because the most important thing is to stop the baby crying, otherwise you get more attention.
12. Prepare iPad or cartoons
Children 18 months or younger may enjoy an iPad or anime.
13. Let your babies sleep comfortably
Do not care about time zone differences. If the child sleeps, let him sleep comfortably.
14. Wash your hand
Wash your hands as much as possible, or carry a hand-washing bottle. Airplanes and airports have a lot of bacteria. Make a change of game or candy to your baby after about an hour. Items that appeal to children include colored pencils and paper, stickers, crafts, toy phones, puppets, books. Do not carry anything that can roll if it falls to the floor, because you will be very busy with picking up and also have to wash before cleaning the baby.
16. Dowload some videos your babies like before the flight
Before the trip, download many cartoons, TV shows and games. You can even show your family photos.
17. Be calm
Do not get stressed when your baby starts to cry. Anyone who leads a small child can encounter similar situations. In later flights, if you meet the parents with children, please sympathize and help them.
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