|Brody on his first flight at 9 months old. Heading to Siesta Key, FL.|
Book a Seat (if you can afford it) - Technically airlines don't make you buy a seat for a child unless they are over the age of 2. We opted to not buy a seat when we flew with our son at 17 months old and I regretted that choice. We were on a crowded flight to MCO and trying to hold a squirming toddler didn't make the flight any easier. Once you have a child that can walk, I think booking them their own seat is the way to go. If nothing else, it provides you with a little extra space and little ones will enjoy feeling like a "big kid" on the plane.
Talk about Flying - Make sure kids are comfortable with the idea of flying before getting to the airport. We talked about our upcoming Disney trip when our son was 2.5 years old, but were caught off guard by how upset he got when we arrived at BWI and he was terrified of flying. He had been on a plane before so I guess I took it for granted that this would be smooth sailing. He screamed the entire bus ride from the parking lot to the terminal and then cried for about the first hour we were in the terminal (making security extra fun. . .). While we were waiting to board, we walked around the airport and found a good spot to watch planes taking off and landing. Once Brody saw how planes would go up in the sky and come down safely, he was excited to get on one and try it out.
|What every parent loves to see. . .a sleeping child on a plane!|
What tips do you have for traveling with toddlers on a plane?