More Flying Parenting Tips...
Here are more parenting tips for
you on flights.
Maybe you are
lucky and your baby may sleep for a good part of the flight . If your baby's cot is positioned under a
light , try sceening it off with its sheet
/blanket as much as possible. Sprinkle a drop of lavender oil on the blanket as
it has a calming effect and may help him sleep a little better.
Don't take many toys in your hand luggage,
as babies love to play with day-to day objects, which they are not usually
allowed to have. Try giving him an empty plastic cup and spoon - strangely
enough that combination keeps a couple of babies happy for ages. If you are
taking your laptop along with you take your baby Einstein DVD with you so that
your baby has private entertainment.
travelling can be quite dehydrating, make sure you offer your baby plenty of
drinks throughout the flight.This is a good parenting tip... It is good for you not only to stretch your legs,
but seeing new faces, if you walk up and down the aisles may keep your baby
Long distance air travel with a baby can have very trying
moments.Older babies especially, can grow restless and fretful. Some may feel
very tired and cannot get to sleep and therefore will cry unconsolably and
noisily.Try giving your baby a pacifier.
You will feel stressed with this situation as you are in a small area with a
group of strangers waiting for you to stop that baby from crying. If this
happens try to visualize a thick curtain in front of you and ignore any nasty
looks or comments. Most people will sympathize with you as the majority have
lived at some time of their lives this same moment- but you may come across less
tolerant people and will have to put up with their remarks. Don't let them get
you.... just stay calm.
A good parenting
tip is to dress your baby in light
layers, as this can help you out with high or
low temperatures or if your baby dirties its clothing during meal times. Make
sure you bring along with you spare clothing for yourself just in case your baby
is sick or dirties you with its meal.
Always ask for
any food or milk to be heated well in advance of when you think you will need it
. Remember that there is no microwave
in the aeroplane galley so if you need to
warm your babies food it may take some time . When it is returned to you check
that it isn't too hot. Bring along with you water or juice boxes ( first find out if if your
airline accepts them on board ) as it may be a long time before the flight
attendant can bring drinks.Remember this parenting tip. For bottle feeding babies, buy ready-made formula (
small size) or powdered formula and bottled water. Use your baby's own
bowl and utensils as there may not be anything suitable for baby's use on board
the plane..And you may also bring along with you Gerber food.
Here's a check
list of items you should not travel without , plus some parenting tips for easy
and efficient packing.
- Diapers: One for
each hour you'll be in transit plus extras in case of emergencies or delays. 2
vinyl diaper wraps with Velcro closures.
blankets: Take at least one for comfort, shade, and warmth; some experts advise
carrying three (one for your baby to lie down on, one to cover her with, and one
to protect your clothes from messy burps).
grocery or zip-lock bags.Isn't this parenting tip too much?...
Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and shoes.
Sample-size containers of powder and lotion.
One to two outfits per day. Cotton sack suits provide easy access to diapers and
are great for travel.
- Sun hat.
formula, water, and/or juice.
With extra bottles, nipples, etc. Bring more than you think you'll need, since
you can't predict travel delays. Don't leave this parenting tip behind....
If you want time-off from breastfeeding.
For performing night-time diaper changes without turning on the lights .
- Sling or
child carrier for newborns.
Lightweight and easy to pack. One study showed that babies who were carried in a
sling or in their parents' arms cried less than other babies .
- Lightweight, collapsible crib.
Necessary unless you reserve one at your accommodations or your baby sleeps with
car seat for safe travel by car, plane, train, or bus.
It can double as an infant seat, too ( but never use an infant seat as a car
Lightweight, convenient, and can be stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.
preparing to pack a few weeks before you travel. Keep an ongoing list of items
to bring, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them .Use a
baby bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap. Pack an extra shirt or
top for yourself in your carry-on bag .Prevent
leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in
zip lock plastic bags. Bring a 2-foot square of plastic, vinyl, or even washable
wallpaper to put under your baby during diaper changes
(you can buy commercial changing pads for this purpose, too).Keep
an energy-boosting snack handy for you to munch on .