Flying with Kids
By Stacey Libbert
1. Schedule flights at nap time or bedtime, and make sure that your kids get plenty of physical activity before the flight.
2. Seat your child in the window seat where there will be less distraction from passing flight attendants and passengers. Once you takeoff, close the window shade and turn off the overhead lights.
3. A full tummy makes everyone drowsy. Make sure that your child is well fed.
4. Reading books, and singing quietly or giving them ear-buds and an mp3 player loaded with calm music are good calming and/or entertainment strategies.
5. A sippy-cup full of milk will not only help clear your child's ears during takeoff, but milk also has a mild sedative effect, and breast-feeding, of course, is great for inducing sleep and calming irritable children.