Disclaimer: This content was originally created by Mun Linh on Facebook, shared on my website with full permission from the author.
Any changes made to fit the format of Misa’s Travel Blog.
Mun Linh is a mother of two, currently living in Hamburg, Germany. Her kids took their first flights to Vietnam when they were 6 and 10 months old. Because of her working situation, they both take about 5 – 10 flights a year.
With such experiences, here are what Mun Linh has to share with moms preparing for their (first) flights with kids.
Tips for flying with kids
1. Before your first flight with kids, buy her/ him a children book about airport, aeroplane or any related subject. Read it to your baby, so that she/ he will become eager and curious about how it feels being on a “real plane”.
2.If your kid can walk, buy her/ him a small backpack and help your child prepare stuff she/ he may want to bring on board, for example, 1 – 2 thin books, a small toy, teddy bear, some Lego pieces, or a lunch box with some fruits or biscuits.
It makes them feel “like mommy/ daddy”, and even more eager to take their first trip.
3.Prepare enough diapers, wet tissues, and at least 2 extra pieces of clothes to change. If your baby is formula fed, divide the powder in small boxes. You can always ask for hot water on board.
When travelling with kids up to 2 years old, you are allowed to bring a small water bottle through the security check. Just treat it like any other liquid container.
4.Choose cotton when flying with kids. Also, go for soft and easy-to-put-on-and-take-off items. You don’t need to bring along a blanket as you can ask for one if needed unless it’s her/ his lovey!
5.If possible, have your baby in a baby carrier while waiting to be boarded, transiting, or standing in the immigration queue.
Some airports also provide stroller for free. You can take it after going through the security check, and deliver before boarding.
If your baby is under 2, have her/ him in a baby carrier.
6.Family flying with kids under 2 will get boarding priority. Listen to the directions from staffs to make sure when you and your kid can move to the aeroplane. Kids under 2 will sit on parent’s lap with an extra seat belt attached to one of the parents.
7.During take-off and landing, tell your kid (if she/ he is a little bit older) to try yawning or chewing some gum to alleviate the discomfort in the ears. For smaller babies: take a bottle, pacifier or breastfeed. If you bottle-feed, make sure your baby is sitting upright while drinking.
8.You can show/ teach your kid how to fasten the seat belt, the meaning of all the lights, how to read the instruction, what to do in emergency cases, etc., even when you think they don’t really understand what we’re talking about.
By this way, you teach them to make a good habit when travelling by plane. For bigger kids flying for the first time, they will be extremely curious asking about everything, and thus totally forget to scream/ yell/ complaining 😉
9.When the seat belt light is off, walk your kid down the aisle so she/ he can stretch the body a little it. If they start to complain or get bored, let them play with the stuff you prepared in tips no.2!
For long hauls, they can watch some cartoon before falling asleep. Don’t forget a soft cushion in your hand-luggage.