We have just returned from Rhodes! Cannot believe I am back already and writing this post, hopefully you will find the following tips useful…More holiday tips to follow!
1. Try and pick a flight time to suit your toddlers ‘routine’. We were due to fly at around 6am, which worked for us last year when she was 4 months old, but pretty sure she wouldn’t have been very happy at 4am now. Fate stepped in and the flight was moved to the later time of 11:30am. This worked really well, up at the normal time and in a great mood.
2. Prepping for the flight takes place in the airport, give your pushchair in at bag drop and let them walk and run as much as possible, you will be glad of this when they are tired on the plane! Some airports have children’s play areas, let them go wild.
3. Pack plenty of snacks that are easy to eat on the plane. Organix Cheese and Herb Puffs are a particular fave of Hallie’s and we found the Organix Goodies bars great for the plane and the holiday.
4. You can take a toddler cup full of water through security, or fill it in the airport. Having plenty water for them on the plane is important as they can get dehydrated and the air con dries my mouth out so it must have the same impact on them.
5. If you have your toddler sitting on your knee, it is worth asking (once everyone has sat down) if there is a row free for you. We were lucky and the flight attendant approached us to ask if we would like a row to ourselves to spread out on, but it is worth asking as it meant Hallie slept for half of the flight undisturbed!
6. Don’t try and keep them too quiet. I found myself getting a bit paranoid that Hallie has being too loud, then I had a word with myself as she was only laughing happily and generally being happy. There were a few wobbles, but I have had to listen to other people’s children on planes for years so now it is my turn :). As we left the plane everyone told us how good she had been, so I needn’t have worried at all.
7. A new toy or an activity to do seems to always be a winner. Hallie all of a sudden loves Peppa Pig, so a couple of new Peppa books and a sticker book helped keep her entertained.
8. And finally, it always gets a bit chilly on the plane so don’t forget a blanket to keep
you your toddler warm. It feels strange packing a blanket for a summer holiday, but it always comes in handy as everywhere has air con!