Keep your young children comfortable in flight with these tips

Babies are cute, but most people don’t want to sit next to one on an airplane.

The crying, screaming and general commotion can be a real pain for your senses, especially on long-haul flights.

For parents traveling with their young children, it is stressful to have to take care of a difficult baby while being aware of the side eyes you get from other passengers.

If you are the parent of a baby or toddler and are traveling with your children, here are some tips to keep them comfortable and lessen their distress during the flight.

Relieve their distress during take-off and landing

One of the main causes of distress for babies and toddlers is the change in cabin pressure during takeoff and landing. Feeding your baby during these times and giving your toddler a crunchy snack or a pacifier to suck on helps reduce distress.

Walking with a car seat

Some airlines allow you to use a car seat or safety seat for your children. On American Airlines and Caribbean Airlines, for example, you must have purchased a seat for the child in order to use a safety seat. Window seats are preferred for safety seats to be installed. CAL indicates that the car seat cannot be used in bulkhead seats or seats that would block anyone’s access to the aircraft aisle, emergency exit row, or the row in front of or behind an emergency exit row. The car seat must also meet FAA/CAA approved requirements. AA says safety seats aren’t allowed in first or business class on some planes due to seat angles.

Put them at ease

Keep them warm with a pillow and blanket and her favorite stuffed toy. Check with your airline if they provide cribs for your baby to sleep in and make sure they are neither too hot nor too cold.

Bring extra food and clothes

Make sure you have enough formula for your baby if he is formula-fed as well as water to mix the formula. Pack extra snacks for your little one if they’re hungrier than usual on a long flight or if your flight has been delayed, and make sure you have extra clothes, wipes and diapers.

Keep them engaged

Take your kids’ favorite book, plush toy, or device to show off their favorite shows to keep your kids engaged. Feel free to walk up and down the aisles with them if they want to move around.

Time your flight

If you can, book your flight for a time when you know your child is likely to sleep so they are less likely to be awake and restless during the flight. If possible, make sure diapers are changed before the flight so your baby stays dry and comfortable on board. If you need to change diapers, check the airline’s policy. CAL does not allow changing diapers in the cabin, only in the bathroom where changing tables are installed.

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