We have flown twice with the boys; I think the key to success
is being prepared. We also waited until
they were a bit older; youngest was four when we first went to Portugal, so was
toilet trained and more manageable.
Depending on the length of the journey – we have only
braved smaller flights so far (4 hours tops!) – make sure you have enough to
keep your children occupied. Ideally
for my own sanity I sit between them too, as in close proximity for any length
of time sibling rivalry kicks in and they can start calling each other allsorts
and sneakily getting a few sly nudges in or even a quick punch if they think
mummy isn’t watching… it gets pretty embarrassing quickly as usually someone
will roll their eyes at me (and not out of comradeship!). I noticed on our flight a lady with a
toddler walking up and down the aisles trying to settle her little girl, every
time you smiled at her, her whole face would light up in response. So try not to judge what people need to do
to calm their child, smile at them and you might be rewarded with a beautiful smile
If they have grown tired of their own magazines, colouring,
books and gaming devices I tend to make a big occasion of reading the in-flight
magazine with them and the menu for food!
Also getting some food can break up the journey time, usually they have
snack packs that come with mini crackers, dried fruit, cheese, basically lots
of little packets to open which can amuse them for awhile longer! But if you want to keep it cheaper bring
some nibbles from the airport to save a few quid, but along the same theme!
Schofields have written a very
interesting article on The Baby Website with hacks to
make air travel more bearable! I
totally get the importance of packing wisely but kept it mainly to
entertainment needs for my boys but depending on the age of your child baby
wipes and spare clothes are an absolute must.
Certain airline companies make a proper fuss of children, Emirates for example have kids packs with educational facts and crafts for them to do, they also have the award-winning entertainment system, ice with 100 in-flight games! They go all out on attention to detail, look at the little festive meal packs.
Picture Credit: Emirates
I like how Schofields say not to worry about other passengers
giving you the look! But try and relax
as long as your child isn’t frantically kicking the passengers in front chair
relax and enjoy the journey, look out the window together (if you have
pre-booked and managed to get a window seat that is!) and remember the flight
is bringing you one step closer to your holiday!