Traveling with little ones in tow can seem like a daunting task at times. But, with a little planning and armed with the right tools, you can have that mimosa you’ve so rightfully earned soaring at 40,000 feet in the air while the kids take a nap or occupy themselves with the amazing assortment of activities you’ve packed. Yeah, we like to dream big!
While the safest place on a plane for little ones is strapped into their car seats, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. In some cases, it’s not even allowed (we’re looking at you, booster seats!). When a seat can’t be taken on the plane with you, then the next safest place for it is checked inside a sturdy travel bag like the Clek Weelee, or in the original box the seat came in.
Bring Your Car Seat on Board
If you can, however, bring their car seat on board. Rest assured they will be safely restrained during take-off, landing, and everything in between, and they will feel more comfortable because they’re sitting in a familiar seat. This of course means they’ll be less likely to scream, cry, and fuss (Again, we like to dream big!).
Second-guessing your decision about bringing the car seat on board because of the extra weight and hassle? Don’t! With a travel cart like the Go-Go Babyz Travelmate you’ll be able to easily navigate through the airport with your child AND car seat using a single hand. Add a narrow car seat like the Foonf or Fllo to the mix and you may even be able to roll it right down the aisle of the plane to your seat.
Keeping Your Little One Occupied During the Flight
Now you’ve got them onboard, but how do you keep them occupied and quiet? Toys, toys, toys. Bring an activity bag or a busy book on board with you. It provides an opportunity for bonding time, and it keeps your child entertained. Give them noise-cancelling headphones to keep them focused on whatever they’re watching/listening to and muffle the sound of the plane engines to help them stay calm. It’ll also help YOU stay calm by ensuring you don’t have to listen to “Let It Go” on repeat. You get enough of that at home.
If all else fails, know you’ve done the best you can, and it will all be worth it when you reach your destination!