20 Ultimate Ways to Keep Kids Comfortable on Planes

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20 Ultimate Ways to Keep Kids Comfortable on Planes

20 Ultimate Ways to Keep Kids Comfortable on Planes

By Ofonime Essien

20 Ultimate Ways

1. Kids find it difficult to sit on a plane because they are used to being active and it is hard for them to cope with sitting still for long periods.

2. Bring toys that will keep your kids entertained for as long as possible. Books for coloring or reading, dolls or stuffed animals, DVD or MP3 players and other interactive games are all good options.

3. Buy new toys for your kids if you can afford it. A new toy might keep their attention for longer. Big toys may not be practical for a carry-on bag.

4. Avoid bringing toys on the plane that are noisy or have lots of little pieces or are sticky.

5. Present toys to your kids during the plane ride by bringing the toys out one at a time. This leaves you with more options when your kids get bored with the toys that are out.

6. Bring along healthy snacks for your kids, since the airline may not have snacks that your kids will like. Crackers, raisins, dry cereal and fruit are some good snack ideas for the plane.

7. Avoid giving your kids foods with a high sugar content on the plane to prevent your kids getting wild from a sugar high.

8. The chewing motion used when chewing gum can help relieve discomfort from the changing air pressures during take-off and landing.

9. Sucking while having a bottle or while nursing can help babies and toddlers to relieve discomfort and cope with the changing air pressure.

10. Make sure your kids drink a lot, as flying can dehydrate people. Encourage them to drink water or milk to help replace lost fluids.

11. Talk to your kids and play games like “I spy” or “20 Questions”, to keep your kids occupied when they run out of toys

12. If your kids cannot sit still any longer, take your kids for a walk around the plane, but make sure they stay respectful to the other passengers.

13. Make a list of the things you need to take with you and cross the items off the list as you pack them. This is to make sure you don’t forget anything when packing for the plane

14. Familiar items including pacifiers, blankets and stuffed animals may help to keep your kids calm on the plane.

15. Bring a few comfort items as backup in case one gets lost, but don’t get carried away as they all need to fit in a carry-on bag.

16. Bring a pillow and blanket for your kids to help them get comfortable in their seats and help them to fall asleep.

17. Bring infant pain reliever in case of ear pain or any other discomfort your baby may experience over the course of the flight. Keep your infant warm and comfy using blankets to wrap them up.

18. If traveling with kids, time the flight to coincide with your child’s nap time.

19. Night flights are sometimes called “red eye” flights. You might need to take this flight if you want your kids to sleep throughout the flight.

20. Try to also get some rest while your kids sleep. This will give you more energy to deal with them when they wake up.

Source: HowStuffWorks

 

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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur.

He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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