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10 Tips for Smooth Skies When Flying with Toddlers

10 tips for smooth skies when flying with toddlersTraveling with little ones can be a bit overwhelming. I remember my first flight with my kids alone and how terrified I was about getting them lost or being that mom with the screaming baby. I learned a few trick on the way and now think we are pros at traveling with the kids.

Every year the kids and I travel back to California to visit family and friends. This has become our annual family vacation. Our vacation starts off with traveling alone with the kids— just mom and 2 kids.

This year I get to say I am traveling with preschoolers. They understand when I say we are going to California that we must board a plane. They get excited about planning for our trip. What bags to take and what things to pack. They know some of the things that are important to do during our travel too.

We have made it a routine to go over our travel plans a couple of weeks before our traveling day as well as the week of traveling. Discussing the little things has helped tremendously in the past it has not only kept them calm but also made it a smooth experience all together.

Here are a few of the things we talk about before our traveling day begins.

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  • 1. Stay together and hold hands 1 of 10
    1.	Stay together and  hold hands
    Getting lost in the fast paced environment in airports can be scary. Advise your kids to stay close and to hold hands when possible.
  • 2. Keep all belongings in bags nothing in pockets, mouth, or hands 2 of 10
    2.	Keep all belongings in bags nothing in pockets, mouth, or hands
    Going thru security with kids can be challenging. Prepare your kids for what will happen during the time they wait. Let them know that everything must be sent thru the belt to be checked. Remember kids still need to remove sweaters.
  • 3. Listen to officials and answer questions when asked 3 of 10
    3.	Listen to officials and answer questions when asked
    My son can be timid and will almost whisper when answer questions. It's important when Officials ask them questions or their names that they respond!
  • 4. Keep belongings with you at all times 4 of 10
    4.	Keep belongings with you at all times
    Having back packs is the easiest way to keep all belongings with you at all times. Be sure to let kids know why they must keep them with them and what happens if a bag is left unattended.
  • 5. Go to restroom before boarding plane and after getting off plane 5 of 10
    5.	Go to restroom before boarding plane and after getting off plane
    Going to the restroom with two kids can be challenging on the plane. Advise kids to use bathroom before boarding flights and during layovers!
  • 6. Have inside voice on the plane and while we wait to board is important. 6 of 10
    6.	Have inside voice on the plane and while we wait to board is important.
    Even though the airport can be loud it's best to prepare kids to have an inside voice because they will need to have one on the plane. It's important to respect others who are on the plane too.
  • 7. Snacks can be ate during flight and during layovers 7 of 10
    7.	Snacks can be ate during flight and during layovers
    Snacks are a must with the kids. Let your kids know what snacks you can have during flight and what meals will be ate during layovers. Having them bring their own snacks is a plus be sure they can be put into a carry-on.
  • 8. Seat belts are a must! 8 of 10
    8.	Seat belts are a must!
    Seatbelts are a must in all forms of travel. I remind the kids that even though the light of no seatbelts comes up we still have to keep them on when we are in our seats. Emphasize the safety factor.
  • 9. All bags go under seats 9 of 10
    9.	All bags go under seats
    My kids get attached to their bag and want to jump into them as soon as we board. I remind them that we first must get in the air then we can get our things out. Have them place their bags under the seat if possible. It tends to keep them calm knowing their bag is at sights reach.
  • 10. Entertainment with headphones 10 of 10
    10.	Entertainment with headphones
    We bring many things for entertainment. One of the must to bringing something for entertainment is the possibility of using headphones. Be respectful of others on the plane and bring noise free things. Our ipad, Nintendo 3DS and, even Leap Pad all have a headphone option.

Do you talk to your kids before flying?

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