No parent wants to be the one with a noisy child on a airplane. So, in order to avoid the headaches and all the dirty looks from other passengers, make sure to prepare a fun ride before taking flight.
Hype It Up!
Adults know that airports can be tiring, crowded and stressful. They have never been on the top ten best places to hang out, but for a child they can be. Before taking the kids on their first plane ride, hype up how much fun it can be. While an adult sees a crowded airport, a child can see a whole new world with hundreds of different kinds of people, big windows and escalators. Also, make sure to get the kids excited about the plane ride itself. Talk about how high the plane is going to be, what they are going to see, how they will fly higher than the clouds and do not forget to mention the free peanuts. Make sure to give the kids the window seats and let them get excited rather than tired or cranky.
Prepare a Fun Bag
The sights through the window will be sure to entertain the kids, but not for the whole ride and that is when things get tricky. In order to prevent the “post window fascination temper tantrum,” pack a small bag for each of the kids with fun things to do. The bag can contain things such as coloring books with crayons, music to listen to, a favorite stuffed animal or a couple small toys. If available, it is also a good idea to bring along a laptop computer that can play some movies for the kids.
Pack Some Comfort
If a child is tired it can be difficult to avoid sleepy tantrums. Make it easier for the kids to get some sleep on the plane by packing some comfort items. Bringing along a pillow, blanket and stuffed animal can really make a difference when trying to get the kids to sleep. Another thing that can help is packing some snacks if the kids get hungry as well as sippy cups with milk.
Let the Kids be Kids
While screaming fits and wailing throughout the plane is unacceptable, kids should be allowed to be kids. Try not to constantly shush the kids so they do not bother other people. Screaming and crying is one thing, but most people do not mind a child who is chatty. Let the kids be excited about traveling and let them talk about it. Answer questions about the airplane or the airport, let them talk to the flight attendant and let them ride the escalators. If a child is allowed to have fun they are less likely to have any reason to throw a fit, simple as that.
Traveling always has a huge opportunity to be stressful, but do not let that opportunity take flight. Make things fun for the kids and, more than likely, it will be fun for the parents too.