Five Tips For Flying With a Toddler
I'm so excited to visit my family in Florida! This will be my son's first trip to the sunshine state. Here's the only thing, how do I keep a toddler entertained on an eight-hour plane ride?
If karma is real, I'm in trouble. I'm the person who orders a beer while sitting in the middle row between children. How else am I to cope?
While I have not done this yet, I have done LOTS of research and here's what I've found, but first, look at this cute kid! ;-)
You know your child the best, be ready to comfort. Have everything you need on-hand. For me that would be the three B's: bottle, binkie, and blanky.
Break out the iPad, let the kiddo play with your phone, bring the remote from home, and buy a new toy just in case you need to bring out the big guns.
I suggest calling the airline(s) you are flying with. I did. I just asked them about seating for the child. I would also suggest being VERY nice to the airplane staff. You never know if you'll need their help.
My sister in-law said it best: "bring everything you will need and nothing you don't." When in doubt, buy it at the airport or "Macgruber it."
This is tough for me. I'm type A. I'm strung out. However, I need to remember to chill out during the plane ride and just roll with the punches. I don't know much, but I do know that when I'm apprehensive, it makes my son apprehensive also. So if I'm chill, he'll be chill too.