Tips For Flying With A Baby: How To Keep Them Busy And Happy!
Do you fly with your baby? We’re loving this #packlist that will keep baby busy and happy on long flights!
Contributed by Jody Ninah from Work Travel Repeat
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Airplane travel with a baby can be an anxiety-inducing adventure! Especially when your baby is under 2 years old and riding in your lap. Many parents wonder what they can do to have a good flight with their baby.
I traveled lots with both of my children when they were babies on many flights. I decided to compile this list of ideas that I’ve used to keep my babies busy on long flights. This list is for babies aged about 8 – 18 months.
What to bring when you are flying with baby.
- Lots of favourite snacks
Lots of favourite snacks to munch on – also new snacks to try out will create a lot of excitement and wonder as well!
- Coloured sticky notes
Coloured sticky notes to pull apart and stick around is always entertaining!
- New board books
New board books or tiny books for small hands.
- Magnetic sticker books
Magnetic sticker books, colouring books or activity books.
Aquadoodle is always a hit with the older babies.
- Wrap up little trinkets
Wrap up little trinkets from the dollar store to let them unwrap on the plane. You’ll have to bring the wrapping paper and tape so you can do your wrapping after going through security.
- New small toys
New small toys, anything with new texture or interesting gadgets they can handle and play with will keep them busy.
- Stand up
Stand up and let your little one enjoy roaming around in your seat (if it’s safe of course!) Gives them more freedom than being confined to your lap.
- Walk the aisles
Walk the aisles periodically to let them explore and stretch. There always seems to be a few friendly people on the plane who will engage with your baby for even a minute or two; this helps pass the time!
- If all else fails, load some baby friendly apps
If all else fails, load some baby friendly apps on your tablet or smart phone to keep them occupied or distracted.
Hopefully your baby will nap during the flight. It’s always great to plan around sleep schedule or nap times, but that’s not always possible. This list will help get you through baby’s waking hours during the flight!
About Jody Ninah from Work Travel Repeat.
Jody is a ‘travelholic’ who is always in pursuit of the next adventure! She spent many years with an annoying fear of flying, but vowed not to let it hold her back from seeing the world. Jody has many tips for fellow travelers on conquering travel fears, whether it’s airport anxiety, overcoming fears of getting on a plane or staying healthy when abroad.
Jody felt the need to collect all her advice, experience and conversations into one place, and created Work Travel Repeat. Work Travel Repeat is a down-to-earth travel community where fellow travel addicts, or people who are interested in travelling but not quite sure where to start, can share their practical travel advice, tips and inspiration for anything travel related.
When she’s not travelling, Jody works as a marketing and social media manager for a number of clients in Western Canada.