As I sit here writing, my 5-year-old son is frolicking in his airplane seat. He is so excited that he is telling me he wants to take his seat for the first time. He wants to go on an adventure. We have been told not to take a chance and that there is a risk of crashing if we do not follow the guidelines. I am not sure that I agree, but there are some things you can do to keep your child safe.
Most pilots recommend not allowing children under the age of 12 to be in the cock pit. This is usually a rule of thumb for all airlines. But, you can get a small cart for your child to ride in, underneath the seat. It is important to ensure that your child has a seat belt on. No loose articles can become airborne and catch fire and harm your child. If the child has difficulty getting in his seat and is kicking and screaming take him to Parents Only Area (or even separate him from the rest of the passengers).
Your child’s safety is the most important thing. So, you should always let him know that if he is going to be flying, he should put on his own oxygen mask and helmet. This will help him be less likely to forget this rule when he is younger. You should also take him to the same place when he is flying, so he gets used to it.
Before taking your child on board, you should talk to him about what to expect. Let your child know that there are certain things that can happen, and that they might not be happy with those things. But, it is up to him to take control and handle any problem that comes up. For example, he may feel uncomfortable about someone touching him because he does not want to feel ashamed or scared. You should let him know you will always stand by his side and support him in spite of anything he might feel.
If you are boarding with a group, you should tell the flight attendant that you want to sing. This will keep your child’s attention. It is not a good idea to talk on the phone while on an airplane. You do not want to get in the way of other passengers and they also may not want to talk with you if you are shouting all the time. So, keep your child’s attention all the time and let him know you are happy to see him.
When you get off the plane, you should let your child know where you will be going. Let him know you are going to the grocery store, or to the playground, or somewhere. Do not assume that the police are always around and that you can just ask them for directions. This can lead to your child missing the trip entirely.
If your child happens to have a toy that he absolutely loves, then buy him another toy. Get him a new set. You will probably need batteries for the first one anyway so you may as well get him a second pair. You should also get him a blanket that goes with his toy. Just make sure that his toys are safe.
Other than those few things, these are the most important survival tips for flying with a toddler. Remember that it is not fun to get a little older and realize that flying is no longer an option. The best thing that you can do is to start preparing now so that you do not have to waste precious time later. These things will only help your child grow up healthy and happy.