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Are you looking for the best tips for your kids first flight? Read on!

Preparing to fly with a toddler or baby for the 1st time is stressful on a parent. Plus, transitions and being in a new environment can cause stress for a child, too.

Prepping your chid and yourself for their first plane ride really helps the experience run more smoothly.

Learn the tools to survive your kids first flight to make you equipped and ease your mind.

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Since my child’s first flight, he has now been on at least a dozen flights, and I think we now have it down pat. I want to share what works for us in hopes to help you prepare and calm your nerves for your vacation with your toddler.

TOP TIPS for your kids first flight

TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT

Before departure day, it’s a good idea to prepare your child for what’s to come. YouTube videos, books, and talking about what to expect are all great resources to help your child understand.

For YouTube videos, I suggest searching to find a few that you think will best suit your child, but here are two great videos my family used.

https://youtu.be/1DvFLiBmdTQhttps://youtu.be/IHjlN5lzCjM

The visuals will help show exactly what they are about to embark on. Same with books!

Reading books about preparing to fly is another interactive way to get your child to understand.

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You can find some of these book suggestions as videos on YouTube, too!

You can find the COMPLETE BOOK LIST here.

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The more your child can see what they are about to do, the calmer they will be. It will help them also not feel so overwhelmed. Additionally, it helps to open up communication as well. It may spark questions that you can help answer before getting to the airport.

BOOK YOUR FLIGHT STRATEGICALLY

If you can, book a direct flight. The fewer stops, the better. Rushing to make connecting flights, delayed layovers, multiple takeoffs, and increased risk of lost luggage isn’t worth it when you have your little one in tow.

Also, booking your flight to take off right around nap time, or at a time when they will be least fussy, is your best bet.

APPLY FOR TSA

If you can, I strongly recommend applying for TSA pre-check. If your children are 12 and under, they can use the TSA PreCheck lane with you for free.

The longest I have waited in a security line since getting it is ten minutes MAX. I believe it is $80 and is good for five years. It makes getting through security so much easier!

PURCHASE THE EXTRA SEAT

If your child is under the age of two, they are more than likely able to fly for free as a “lap child”. I made the mistake of not booking my child a flight on his first round trip and it did not go well. He couldn’t get comfortable and ultimately made him tantrum close to the whole plane right…. There and back 😳.

So, if there is one thing I learned from those flights that have made the biggest difference, it is booking the extra seat.

The appeal of not paying for a seat for a child under two years old is understandable, but I encourage you to consider the trade-offs of less stress and a happier kid.

BRING ALL THE SNACKS

Bring ample snacks on board. Some surprise treats are always a fun way to get your little one excited, too. There are two reasons you will want to bring them. The first is, your kid will more than likely get hungry, and two, because of the pressure. I gave my toddler an applesauce packet and a sippy cup as soon as I felt the pressure in my ears. Other ideas are suckers (I like the Smart Sweets brand), a pacifier, a bottle (if yours still drinks out of one), and anything that involves suction or chewing helps.

BRING ALL THE TOYS

Pack a backpack for your child to carry full of activities and toys to help keep them occupied.

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FIND A PLACE TO LET YOUR TODDLER BLOW OFF STEAM

Let your kid run wild before the flight. The more energy they can get out before the flight the better. I like to give my toddler his backpack to add that extra weight.

This helps if your child has sensory issues and is always on the move. It will of course burn energy, but believe it or not, it can help with overstimulation and act as a calming device, too!

Also, because your child will have that full backpack, have them run around the airport in it. It will of course burn energy, but believe it or not, it can help with overstimulation and act as a calming device, too!

CHECK YOUR STROLLER AT THE GATE

I believe most, if not all, will gate-check strollers for free. Taking your stroller with you through the airport is so much more convenient than checking it with your luggage. You don’t have to worry about holding your luggage and a kid. Plus, you can store stuff under the stroller while you get from point A to point B.

CHANGE YOUR CHILD RIGHT BEFORE BOARDING

You want to board the plane with a dry diapered child, or if you’re potty training, a potty breaks before takeoff to try to avoid diaper changes or accidents on board. Although a code brown can’t always be avoided, headed onto a flight with a dry diaper/underwear will help shave down bathroom breaks.

THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP

Out of all of the tips for your kids first flight, this one is the most important. A meltdown may very likely happen. Your child is out of their element, there may be ear pain, they just might be fussy… and if they cry, it is OKAY. You are doing the best you can, and all the moms aboard your flight will 100% understand and empathize with you.

There you have it! Top tips for your kids first flight. From my seasoned experience, everything above is all you need to prepare for a smooth flight.

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I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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Hi, I’m Morgan! I created this platform to be able to share my life, help normalize big topic motherhood issues, and help simplify all the things I learned the complicated way. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between

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