Taking your little one on holiday for the first time? Planning a first family holiday and surviving the trip without any major mishaps can be a tricky business.
If you're clued up on how to get a baby to sleep on a plane and you've already read our tips on how to tackle the airport with your growing brood, you're halfway there.
Here's everything you need to know to ensure your little one's first time on a plane is an absolute breeze...
8 tips for a stress-free plane journey:
5) Plan around sleep
Although many people avoid night flights, these can be ideal with babies who are in a bedtime routine. If they can nod off this will be less daunting than trying to entertain them for the full flight!
There are plenty of ways to try and get your baby to sleep on the plane
. Treat the flight as you would their usual routine, give them their milk, read a story, put them into their pyjamas and tell them it’s time for bed. Although there are lots of interesting surroundings, try to keep things as calm and ‘boring’ as possible so they aren’t over-stimulated. If it’s dark already then that’s a bonus! Just keep your fingers crossed that there is little turbulence so you don’t have to take the baby out of the bassinet! If all else fails then make sure you have a baby carrier so you can strap them in and walk the aisles
6) Break it down
If you are travelling for a long period of time, break down the trip into sections of time so it doesn’t feel so daunting.
Come prepared with:
- New toys: Buy a few cheap things so it doesn’t matter if you lose them down the side or under seats but be mindful that they are not too noisy so you don’t annoy other passengers.
- Wrap them up as individual presents: This takes time for your child to unwrap them and adds to the excitement.
- Bring stickers and drawing materials: Make sure it’s crayons or colouring pencils, not pens – you don’t want coloured marks all over you!
- Create stories or games: You can then use things like stickers to bring them to life.
- Make use of an iPad or in-flight entertainment: There is definitely a time and a place for technology and on an aeroplane is one of them! Pre-load the iPad with your child’s favourite programmes so you know there will be something they like to watch.
Written by Sarah Cooke, Founder of Halia Rose.
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