Traveling with a child is always an exciting event. You are responsible not only for yourself, but also for the comfort and safety of the baby. Daily Baby advises useful children’s travel accessories and shares life facts that will make your waiting at the airport and the flight itself easy and pleasant.
Prepare a snack and a first aid kit
The best option for a long trip, including waiting at the airport and a long flight, is a small container divided into sections inside. Put different goodies in each compartment: cookies, dried fruits, nuts, dried fruits, sweets, pieces of vegetables and fruits.
Take a different snack: sweet and salty, large and small. So the child will have a choice: he will take what he wants. And this will be very useful, since children have an unprecedented appetite when traveling, often just out of boredom.
“If you are traveling with a child, you need to take a small first-aid kit with you to the cabin of the plane. You may need a thermometer, antipyretic drugs, antiemetics, antihistamines, as well as sorbents and ear drops. I advise you to take a spare set of clothes and warm clothes to the cabin of the aircraft.
Due to the peculiarity of the structure of the ear during take-off and landing, the baby may experience unpleasant sensations: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, noise and congestion in the ears. It is possible to ease the well-being if the mother is breastfeeding the baby: the baby needs to be put to the breast and soothed. Older children can be offered lollipops, fruit slices or warm drink, which should be given in small sips.
If you or your child suffer from air sickness, it is better to take a seat by the window, direct the air flow from the ventilation to the face, take deep breaths and exhale through the nose. To relieve nausea attacks in children older than three years, you can use special drugs, ” he says pediatrician Yulia Popkova.
Think of an organizer for storing toys and other entertainment
It can be an organizer from the bathroom or for storing shoes — any textile device consisting of several modules. In each pocket we put a toy, a small book, a coloring book, markers, stickers, and so on.
By the way, it is better to take new toys on the road that the baby has never seen before. This way, it is more likely that he will play with them with interest for a long time.
Do not hesitate to pass without a queue if you have a small child
Sometimes parents forget a simple thing that makes waiting for boarding a plane easier. With a baby, you have the right to pass all the mandatory services-registration and customs-out of turn.
Usually, almost everywhere passengers with young children can safely check in at the business class counter, where there are almost no queues. If the airport staff does not offer you to go ahead, do not hesitate to ask for it yourself.
Take a multifunctional Jetkids suitcase from Stokke on a trip
An indispensable thing at the airport and on the plane is a multifunctional Jetkids suitcase from Stokke. This is a roomy and at the same time compact device that performs several functions at once.
At the airport, a child can ride on it, sitting on top. In this case, the suitcase is a worthy replacement for a stroller for an older child. The baby will hold on to a convenient handle from above, and he will be able to roll himself pushing off with his legs. Also, the baby can carry it with him, he weighs only three kilograms, is compact and has a multifunctional adjustable strap.
The suitcase’s swivel front wheels have excellent cushioning, which makes it easier to maneuver.
On the plane, the miracle suitcase easily turns into a cozy and comfortable sleeping place for the baby with a mattress and soft side pillows with dexterous movements of the parents ‘ hands. It’s just a dream — not to huddle in a narrow chair or in the hands of parents, but to sleep fully and comfortably, as in your own crib. The crib function is designed for babies from two years old, and in general, the suitcase is designed for children up to seven years old.
Also, the Jetkids suitcase from Stokke is convenient to use as a footrest during the flight. The device is absolutely safe and officially approved by air carriers.
And, of course, do not forget about its main function-inside, despite its small size, there is a lot of space for transporting things. A nice bonus: a practical additional storage space under the lid.
And, first of all, this applies to parents. Then the child will not worry either.
“The calmness of the mother is transmitted to the child. Anxiety, too. If you are very worried yourself and can not calm down, fantasize about negative situations that can happen and which you are afraid of. Think about how you will act in this case. For example, if a child cries on takeoff. Or if he refuses to get on a plane and fasten his seat belt. Try to imagine your condition in advance and calm yourself down in advance. You can calm the child down only after you yourself have stopped worrying, ” he advises psychologist Ksenia Nesyutina.
Work out the child’s fears in advance
It is very important to work out all the experiences of the baby in advance. Do not perceive his fears as something insignificant and unimportant.
“If the baby already knows how to speak, then discuss and tell how your journey will take place. It is better to let the child be afraid and worry at home in a safe situation, when you have the strength and resource to calm him down, than all these feelings will cover him at the airport at the same time. Talk about flying and simulate different situations through games.
- A simple game with planes (you can fold them out of paper or use toy ones). Let the toys buy tickets, pass inspection, wait for the flight, fasten themselves in their seats.
- Consider children’s encyclopedias about airplanes. There are quite a lot of them now.
- Watch cartoons or popular science programs about airplanes. Just make sure that there are no accidents and emergencies in them. This will have the opposite effect, ” says the psychologist.
Sometimes parents react to the fears of the child with the usual phrases: “Don’t worry”, “Don’t be afraid”, “Everything will be fine”. This is not quite correct. If the child can’t really share his fears with you, then they remain inside him and affect him even more.
“It is better to ask what the child is afraid of and what he is worried about. Do not dismiss it, even if it is an outright fiction or something completely unrealistic. Anyway, listen with sincere attention. Then think together about whether this can happen and what to do in such a situation, ” says the psychologist.
Prepare for the situation that the child is lost
Be sure to think through all the actions in such a situation. Dress your child in bright, memorable clothes and be sure to take a picture as soon as you arrive at the airport. A flashy jacket or cap will be a distinctive feature for the search team, and a photo will be a significant help for police officers. After all, often in a panic, parents can not even remember what their child is wearing. And it’s better to see it once than to hear something about a “blue-eyed boy in a turquoise T-shirt” a hundred times.
In case of loss of the baby, a bracelet with the parents ‘ data can also be useful: names and phone number. Older children, of course, should learn the last name, the names of their parents and the phone number of mom and dad. Explain to the child that if he gets lost, it is better not to move for a while — most likely, the parents will return for him. If this does not happen, you need to approach a person in uniform and ask for help.
Make a toy with raisins
A useful life hack for parents who want to keep their child busy during the flight. You need to take a small bottle or a transparent plastic cup with a lid and pour clean raisins into it. On the plane, ask the child to count the number of raisins without opening the lid. It turns out that this is very exciting and addictive for children. In addition, you can eat one raisin, after each time opening and closing the lid again.
What should I do if the flight is delayed?
It all depends on the time of day, the age of the child and his regime. But it is important to take into account in advance that this can happen. So think about the following things:
- Additional games and entertainment. In case the delay occurs during the active time of the day.
- How to calm a child in an airplane. As a rule, this is more difficult than finding additional entertainment. Perhaps a favorite book, a toy for sleeping, a scarf or a blanket that can be used to isolate yourself from other people will help to remove overexcitation.
- Use the multifunctional Jetkids suitcase from Stokke — it’s easy to come up with a new game or just take your child for a ride around the airport.