flying with kids
Your days of paying extra to sit next to your children may be over.
Over the past ten years we've done our fair share of long haul flights with the kids. Through trial and error, I've come to discover what it takes to set our family up for success. Here are some tried and tested ideas to relieve stress and effectively get your family from A to B via airplane:
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Whether it's for a family vacation or visiting relatives, air travel is a necessity for passengers of all ages. Infants and toddlers CAN travel well, so long as their travel companions are well-prepared.
Turbulence? This toddler laughs in the face of it. Judging from video of said experience, Léa doesn't know the meaning of
8. Don't get angry at the crying baby. 5. Not everyone wants to hear you speak. 2. Recline respectfully. Reclining stinks
Don't even think about postponing your summer travel ideas because you've got a baby in tow. These picks for essential baby travel gear, from those who make a living toting their tots, will help lighten the load.
The passenger sitting in front me decides even though he isn't sleeping, he is going to take whatever legal space he can get in economy. My injured child wails from the pain of the seat pushed on her head while my bladder lets loose from the pressure of her cranium in my pelvis.
Donna Beegle was flying home to Portland last Tuesday on United Airlines Flight 1535 with her son, husband and 15-year-old
Traveling with children isn't easy. There are fights over beds, electronics and pool toys. Things won't always go your way, the weather won't always be perfect and your accommodations won't always be ideal. But choose gratefulness instead of bitterness. People notice.
Whether you want to find the nearest airport lounge or yoga room, or just need help getting rebooked, you'll find your next layover more bearable with these apps at your fingertips.
Flying with kids is never ideal, and can feel more like a necessary evil than a vacation at times. Unfortunately, short of magically teleporting, there are few ways to move a family thousands of miles within a day's time, crossing oceans and time zones in the process.
I always find that my kids can hike farther, climb higher or process deeper than I might think. It's the most beautiful thing to watch them adapt, learn, make friends in new places and begin to understand the concept of empathy.