4. Do Your Research
Take advantage of any and all family options available to you. When flying out from London I discovered there was a family lounge full of activities for kids of all ages and best of all, it was free. It was ah-mazing! It made the wait time before we boarded the flight so much easier, plus it helped get all my toddlers wiggles out before the long journey home. Some of the other family options you may have, first boarding, checking the stroller at the gate, special seat upgrades, travel bassinet (for babies on long haul flights) etc.
I felt a bit at a loss on what to bring for my toddler on a plane the first time. She wasn’t much into screen time, and most of her plastic toys she would get bored with after just a few minutes. The I discovered, stickers. They are like magic. I picked up a cheap notebook and a whole book of stickers and let her peel and stick to her hearts content. It may not be stickers for your little one, but find a “busy” activity that they can keep them occupied for a long time.
Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Pack all your tots favorites and then more. I found that having many options worked really well and kept my little one occupied and more importantly, seated, during a lot of the flight. If you follow my next step you may even get some special treats from the flight attendants 😉
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