This post is sponsored by FlightHub.
Flying with kids can be tough, especially when flight times interrupt their schedules. Coupled with the possibility of delays, cancellations and general disruption that comes with travelling, managing to keep your kids entertained, well behaved and fed on a flight is challenge in itself.
FlightHub Supermom Hack #1: Where my toys at?
We know how attached youngsters are to their comfort toys, but how do you choose the right ones to bring with you? Depending on their age, children should be given the responsibility of packing their own entertainment bag. Set rules and limitations on the bag to encourage diverse activities of varying stimulation. Make sure they bring colouring books, some physical toys, and perhaps a book rather than just video games. If you have some say over the distribution of these toys or games, begin with giving them toys that they value ‘less’, while building up to what they eventually want to play with.
Doing this will tire them out and hopefully have them sleeping on the plane before you know it.
FlightHub Supermom Hack #2: When’s nap time?
If you’re planning a long-haul flight, try to stick to your child’s schedule as much as possible. Settle them in for nap at their regular time, or feed them when you would regularly. Maintaining consistency even while traveling may be difficult, but sticking to your youngster’s routine will benefit you in the long run.
FlightHub Supermom Hack #3: Speaking about snacks
Here are FlightHub’s choice for easy-pack snacks for any plane ride taken with younger children:
- Instant oatmeal: just add hot water and you’re good to go. Bring your own Tupperware for familiarity, that way you don’t need to rely on the small plastic cups distributed on the flight.
- Cereal: As a dry food, this snack is mess-free and will keep your munckins happy. Dry goods in general are a great idea to bring on a flight when traveling with children. Keep biscuits, pretzels of dry fruit with you wherever you go.
- If you’re flying with an infant, bottle or breastfeed them during takeoff or landing as it will help alleviate the discomfort felt when the cabin pressure changes.
FligthHub also wants to remind you to bring wet towels, as they’re your life saver.
FlightHub Supermom Hack #4: Don’t get stressed.
You’re a supermom, but sometimes it doesn’t always feel that way. If your kids get fussy on the plane (relative to their age), there’s not much else you can do except sooth them. Don’t let bothered looks from other passengers get you down.
A way around this—all the while scoring major brownie points because you’re a supermom after all—is to prepare little care packages for your flight neighbors. Aim to make at least 6 (covering those who sit in the rows directly in front, and to the back of you), have the packages addressed from your baby and fill them with earplugs, packs of gum and maybe a chocolate. This will go a long way and will leave you with some peace of mind while you fly.