Calm Toddler While Flying
To calm toddler while flying: Plane travel with toddlers can be really trying, so try to be well rested before the trip to keep your nerves from fraying too fast. Pack extra food, bottles and toys, as you may need every trick in the book to keep him occupied while you’re in transit. You should be prepared, but within reason, so carry one larger bag rather than several smaller ones.
Even if you rarely give your child candy, this may be the time to nip a crying jag in the bud with a surprise lollipop. Be sure to feed him at takeoff and landing, since sucking and swallowing help relieve painful ear pressure.
If your kid won’t stop crying, pick him up and walk around the plane. Hold him up so he can look at the window, because the view may distract him enough to calm him down. Anyway, ignore the glares and comments you may get from some rude passengers while you are pacing the aisles trying to soothe your baby. When you’re stressing out, your kid feels your anxiety and has a harder time being soothed.
Remember that most of the people understand you’re doing all that you can and they are encouraging and rooting for you. Breathe deeply and ignore those who don’t get it. In fact the parents of crying children are more stressed out than other passengers, but when children cry on the plane, more often than not, they will fall asleep rather fast.
Try not to fly with your 3-year-old if he has recently had a cold or ear infection, as this can cause him ear pain.
So let’s formulate some ways to calm and distract your 3-year-old while flying:
1) Explain your 3-year-old what he can expect on your journey to prepare for the flight in advance. Explain what it will be like on the airplane and how it is much like riding in a car.
2) Bring along plenty of things to keep your child occupied during the flight. This could include coloring books or paper with crayons so he can color, books to read with you, small toys he can play with and travel games. A portable DVD player can be a lifesaver.
3) Try to comfort the child by singing softly or telling him a story.
4) Load some of his favorite songs or lullabies onto your MP3 player or iPhone and let him wear headphones to listen to them (but never allow him to play with your iPhone as the bad habits are very difficult to get rid of!)
5) Feed your kid a snack while in flight, to prevent any melt-downs. You can bring along snacks like crackers, fruit chews, sliced grapes or cookies. Be sure to bring a cup with a lid so he can sip on a drink, as well.
6) Encourage your child to drink or yawn when air pressure changes. You can speak to your child’s doctor about the use of ear plugs or a nasal decongestant spray, as well.
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