Traveling with a child requires preparation to ensure the comfort and safety of the infant. Here are standard practices to prevent awkward scenarios when traveling with a toddler.
When traveling with a toddler, the primary concern is being “that parent” with a noisy child on the plane. Most parents with noisy children on the plane often fail to understand the basics of flying with a child. Even with the right preparation, erring on the following basics will make your toddler uncomfortable during flights. As such, this leads to restlessness and eventually crying.
Find a way around “ear pain”
The change in atmospheric pressure during landings and takeoffs is usually uncomfortable for most infants. This change in atmospheric pressure affects children’s ears, resulting in a condition known as ear pain. In most cases, this pain can be uncomfortable for the infant, leading to unrest and even crying while holding their ears.
Parents flying with infants are advised to nurse and care for their children during assents and descent to combat this. As such, this makes them relaxed and eased during flight. If the pain is too much for them to bear, then you can use a pacifier, bottle, or cookie. Chewing on these will reduce ear pain experienced during flight. Last but not least, if your infant is older than pacifiers and bottles, buy them “earplanes” to cover their ears.
Keep your baby tucked all the time
The best and safest way to travel with a toddler is to buckle and snuggle them to a seat. With that in mind, it is paramount that you restrain your child to a seat during trips and flights. Doing this ensures that they are safe during takeoffs and landings or in case of turbulence. Of course, a time will come when you will have to change their diaper, feed them, and even stretch them, especially on long flights. Because of this, it might be a struggle getting them buckled up. However, this action is best for them since infants will want to cuddle in your arms while a toddler will want to round around. As such, the best way for them to travel airborne is to restrain them for reasonable periods. Only let them loose if you must or want to care for them.
Carry the right clothing
You might want to doll up your toddler in that cute dress you like most. However, if the child is uncomfortable in their clothes, your flight might be a nightmare. If you are dressing your child for a flight, clothe them in a cozy yet easy to change dress. Once he is cozy, layer him in baby boy clothes depending on your destination. If you are heading to a hot region, carry along light garments. However, if you are traveling to a cold environment, dress them warmly.
Be ready to adjust your baby boy clothes, depending on the weather changes. Last but not least, carry at least a blanket to keep them warm. Climbing altitude results in a cold environment and can leave your toddler exposed to the cold. So regardless of the location you are heading to, keep your toddler warm. Flying can be cold and can result in colds if not watched.
Pack enough supplies
When packing for trips, you will likely forget your child’s necessities out of the travel’s excitement and anxiety. As a result, the journey might end up messy and stressful, especially for a new parent. So with that in mind, pack twice as much milk, baby formula, diapers, and even the baby’s medicine. The last thing you want on your travel is a hungry or sick baby crying overnight when traveling.