Top Tips for Flying With Kids And Toddlers.

All parents have been there are some point or another in their child’s life and that is the holiday flight.

Now whether it is a long or short haul flight the natural dread of your kids being asked to sit down and be couped up with at least 100 other people for any amount of time over 10 minutes is a real worry. The questions that tend to go through your head are simple ones really,

  • how are we going to cope?
  • What can I do to keep them entertained?
  • What about when they want food?
  • How do I stop them annoying every other passenger around us?

I know I’ve had those thoughts, so I thought I would throw it out to fellow bloggers to see what their advice would be.

Emma of Me and B Make Tea suggests: I found the iPad super helpful. Be sure to download everything you need and you’re sorted! Also anything “new” that they havent seen before.

Frances of You Have To Laugh suggests: SNACKS. ALL THE SNACKS.

Emily of Emily and Indiana suggests: Load up the iPad with games and episodes of their favourite programmes. A winner every time with my little ones!

Lyndsey of Me, Him the Dog and a Baby suggests: My daughter is obsessed with stickers. A blank book of paper and a book of stickers keeps her busy for ages!

Faye of Glossy Tots suggests: Buy a present from the pound shop or www.everythingsapound.com for every hour your on the plane and wrap them up.
Wrap little toys up and hand out at various periods.

Amy of The Smallest of Things agrees with Frances and suggests: Snacks snacks and more snacks

Polly of Our Seaside Baby suggests: Lots of snacks, activity books and favourite toys are essential. It’s worth looking at the entertainment on airlines. We went on Emirates when we went to India and their entertainment system is perfect for long-haul travel with kids, it had all my son’s favourite programmes! I find walking up and down the plane and stretching legs also breaks up the journey.

Lynne of New Mummy Blog suggests: A buckle toy and water colouring pad… she has also written a post on flying with a toddler available here

Nikki of Yorkshire Wonders suggests: You can buy some great travel games from the poundshop too, and can get simpler ones for toddlers (and more advanced if they are a bit older). Basically anything new that has novelty value will hold their attention for longer! 

Victoria of Lylia Rose suggests: We flew on Monday with our 5 year old and 2 year old and I was dreading it, but snacks for take off and landing, plus the iPad for entertainment kept them happy. No fuss at all from either of them.

Jodie of Maidenhead Mum suggests: Don’t try and cut corners when you’re booking transfers to and from the airport. Sometimes the cheapest option isn’t the one that will keep you sane when you have toddlers and luggage in tow! So perhaps think about paying a little extra for parking nearer to the airport that doesn’t need a shuttle bus transfer, or book ‘drop off’ parking so you can literally throw everyone out of the car outside the departure building. At 5am in the morning, you will appreciate this wisdom, I have learned the hard way! 

Helen of Talking Mums suggests: Definitely an iPad loaded with their favourite shows/films. Snacks including fruit pouches (less messy than fresh fruit for travelling). A new toy that they get to unwrap on the plane.

Carrie of Flying With A Baby suggests:

Board last with the kids but have one parent board earlier with all the travel gear. there is no point in keeping kids waiting for everyone else to board – particularly if you are flying long haul.

Make use of airport soft play.

Order child meals

Research your airline choices- some have amazing facilities for kids- including cookie making in the galley and face painting- or a Sky nanny on board.

 

As you can see there are various suggestions, some of which we have used ourselves this summer. What are yours? we would love to hear them.

 

 

 

Vionic Shoe Review

Since having a C section with Oliver I have suffered lower back pain which gets especially bad when I have been doing loads of walking and in pregnancy. Which is why since booking Disneyland Paris in early pregnancy, I have worried about how I would cope with all the walking and being 27 weeks pregnant.

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So, when I was contacted by Vionic asking if I would like to try out a pair of their shoes which are fitted with FMT technology and built in arch support as part of their #steppingintomotherhood campaign to reduce swelling and foot pain in pregnancy I jumped at the chance, they have a wide range of styles for all occasions, I picked out the Midi in grey.

Vionic suggest you start off wearing their shoes for a few hours a day to allow your feet to get used to be correctly supported but with the Disneyland trip rapidly approaching I was unable to do so. I was a bit worried I was going to end up regretting wearing them but to my surprise from day one I found the shoes very comfortable and didn’t suffer from any of the pains associated with new shoes.

So how did I get on?

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On day one of walking around the park I didn’t give my feet or back pain a second thought until come 3pm when my feet started getting hot and because we had popped back to the hotel without thinking I slipped on a pair of flip flops. What a mistake!! Within half an hour my unbearable back pain had started. That’s the thing with pregnancy and back pain you don’t notice it when you have not got it but when you have the pain nothing can take your mind of it. The second day was a lot cooler, so once again I put on my Vionic midi’s but considering how bad my back pain was the previous afternoon I wasn’t holding out much hope of being pain free but to my surprise I managed the whole day without any inkling’s of back pain, sadly I didn’t get away totally pain free I still had some ligament pain in my bump but at that stage of pregnancy its expected.

Since Disneyland we have had a few trips to London and two weeks in Greece and I can honestly say I don’t know how I would have survived without my Vionic midi’s.
The focus Of the #steppingintomotherhood campaign was how Vionic FMT technology can help reduce swelling in pregnant woman, well I have not experience any swelling in my feet at all but I can’t hand of heart say that is because the shoes or if it’s because I’m just one of the lucky ones that are not prone to swelling, I have worn these shoes in extremely hot weather, on two planes trips, two London trips and also two days of travelling backward and forward to Disneyland on the Eurostar so if my feet were going to swell they had plenty of chances to do so.

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One thing I will swear by is the difference the shoes have made to my back pain, so much so I am already eyeing up the shoes in different styles and will be investing in a pair of their sandals asap in case the sun finally decides to rear its head over here in Britain and some more fancier shoes for after the baby is born.

Vionic shoes come in a wide range of styles which can be view on their website http://www.vionicshoes.co.uk/womens-shoes