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.