Are these tips revolutionary? Meh, not really, but they’re what we do. I could tell you about toys or iPads to distract them, but in my experience, when a kid is really losing it, they’re barely even opening their eyes to give that kind of distraction a chance. So while we use them, it’s only after we’ve gotten them to breathe and stop crying so hard that it even works.
The most important thing to do when behind enemy lines is to take a deep breath and remind yourself that all flights end eventually. Ideally not like the show Lost, but even that one landed. You won’t be in this tin box of hell forever and if you need to countdown the seconds until landing, so be it. You don’t know any of these people, you’re doing the best you can, and your baby isn’t trying to kill you via public embarrassment #nottodaysatan. It’s just about surviving until you get to your destination, and THEN making memories…or dumping them in a kid’s club at your resort, whatever floats your boat. Just don’t let bad toddler flights stop you from booking your next trip or waiting until they’re older. In the case of toddler travel, it’s definitely NOT about the journey.
For more tips and tricks on flying with kiddos, read up on any of the below so you can be like a Boy Scout and always be prepared. Or like the Boy Scout that can make a fire from just about anything so the plane has to land quicker, either really works!