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Flying with Baby

family travel baby

family travel baby

Here’s some great advice I came across for how to navigate those gaping ten hour flights to Europe and Asia.

It’s called smart parenting and while it takes far more time, planning and thought, and people-mostly your husband- may laugh at you, it’s so worth it. A friend of mine who is on a flight to Rome five to six times a year, and a flight to Paris at least once started this routine when her two children were young.

a great little flyer!

a great little flyer!

And they’ve been great flyers ever since.

But when they’re 12 or 13 months old, it’s tough. In fact I think it’s the toughest of age. They want to get up, crawl or walk and they can’t be placated with meals, movies and or electronics.   So here’s a new way to look at the journey, and I really think it’s far more in keeping with what a baby can realistically understand.

activitites

activitites

1. Plan your flight time in segments. Eating time #1, Adventure Walk to the Lavatory #1, Meet and talk to people #1, Discovering Baggie of Small Toys #1, Finger-fishing for crackers in Snack Catcher Round #1,

SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!

SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!

SLEEP!!!!!

Adventure Walk to the Lavatory #2 while searching for other babies, Reading Books time #2,  play-dough #2, coloring time#2, and then yes!!!!

SLEEP!!!!!

More SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And don’t worry if it’s backwards. For instance, if the baby usually goes to sleep not long after take off, don’t worry if he can’t sleep. It’s a new place and there’s a lot to see.  Try not to sweat it  Sticking to your segments, but staying flexible with the order should help you all keep your sanity.

Now, sadly in between sleep, you actually have to do stuff.

Some segments must include some physical activity that can be done at your seats. Keeping hands busy can be very helpful when the rest of the body must stay put. Magnadoodle drawing boards, stacking cups, and small zip bags filled with interesting objects from the kitchen can be useful.

bounce

bounce

Avoid snacks and foods with high sugar content and, of course, juice in flight.

Unless you want your kid to be bouncing off the seats, or the air hostess to toss them in the overheads.

naughty

naughty

Do pack healthy treats and dole them out in segments.

And my last piece of advice in this little segment?

Have fun. Enjoy travel. Your kids will too- one day when they’ve got their ear phones on and couldn’t care less if you’re sitting next to them or not, you’ll look back on the days of goldfish and crayons with longing.

hug your baby

hug your baby

I can feel it already

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