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How to Survive Plane Rides With Kids

Taking children on planes can be incredibly anxiety-provoking for parents. Hoping that your children will be on their best behavior, that they won’t make too much noise and that they won’t be scared are just a few of the potential concerns that can cause parents anxiety. Worrying endlessly about these factors could drive you crazy, and as parents, we all know that in the end, our kids will do what they are going to do. While worrying won’t help you prepare for your trip, some of these tips may.

Screen Time

While in recent history, many parents are cracking down on screen time in their kids’ lives. Understanding that playtime, learning and exploration are far more valuable for your child’s development can be useful and beneficial for your child’s life, but you can also make some concessions while you are on your way to your vacation on 2021 cruises. Because you are on vacation, you can indicate to your little one that this is a vacation treat. Don’t forget to bring headphones and download videos, music and anything they will be using ahead of time to avoid major meltdowns and the disturbance of other passengers.

New and Favorite Toys

If you are looking for something to distract your child, consider a new toy and a favorite. The new toy can offer a level of enticing excitement to keep them distracted throughout your trip. Not only can the favorite provide comfort, but it is the perfect fallback in the case your child is craving something familiar in their new setting. This combination can help provide the perfect level of distraction.

Window Clings

If window clings are a decorative holiday staple, consider how these could be the perfect accessory for your plane ride. Consider wiping down the window with a wipe and then letting your child hang window clings from the plane window. These items can quickly turn from decoration to toys in a matter of moments. Even better for the flight attendants, these will not leave any sort of residue behind. Not only will your child be able to take in the beauty of the sky, but they can also enjoy the fun of creating a collage on the window.

Magnetic Games

If you have games that involve magnets, these can be the perfect option for a plane ride. It is inevitable for children to drop or lose components of their game, especially when the vehicle is in motion. Luckily with a magnetic game, everything sticks, reducing the chance of losing small parts. Not to say that you won’t spend a good amount of the plane ride picking up bits from the game, but you are less likely to do so with magnetic games.

Plenty of Snacks

When you travel, there are often small snacks available, but with kids, you are never sure when the hunger pangs will hit. Make sure that you are prepared with some of their favorite treats and be sure to pack plenty of them. You never know when there will be delays in travel plans, and it does not hurt to be prepared. For flights, you may also want to add water and small treats like mints or if they are able to chew gum, sugar-free chewing gum. These can help keep everyone hydrated, but also alleviate the pressure that builds up in your head during flights and avoid painful ear popping.

Potty Plan

For little ones who are still wearing diapers, you may be well situated to avoid accidents; however, it is important to also consider a plan for children out of diapers. Keep in mind that certain times during flights you cannot get up due to safety protocols, and this can be difficult if you just finished potty training. If you need to, consider safety measures like pull-ups, which can be available in case of emergencies.

Traveling with kiddos can be a stressful activity for even the most prepared parents. While there are worries, you can also make contingency plans for if and when issues arise. At the end of the day, all we can do is be prepared and take a deep breath. Traveling is temporary and you will all be fine.

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