1. FLY IN THE EVENING - if possible.
Of course we aren't going to focus our airfare budget just around our child's nap time or their 'most calm' hour of the day. Because believe it or not.. I remember one flight we picked the perfect time where Bella usually took her everyday nap; we though "hmm perfect we will give her a bottle on the way up and she'll fall asleep" WRONG this kid is very stimulated and heck no was she not going to miss out on anything. There were a few flights she did fall asleep on when we would go back and fourth between Seattle and Sacramento, visiting family. If we could we tried to get flights that were afterrr her nap time at home and usually they ran a little past bed time but hey every child is different, this is just what works for us.
2. ITS A TREAT
We aren't much of travelers besides visiting my boyfriend's side of the family a couple times a year - and at that.. its only an hour and half flight [that's pretty darn fast when you have a vodka cran] a bag of cheetos, an iPad, headphones, and apple juice. Sometimes, you really just gotta do what you gotta do. Like I said, we don't travel much so when we do.. it's a treat. When we get to the airport, I let Bella choose whatever snacks she wants (limited, of course.. I won't let her get just candy bars and cookies, then I would really blame myself for her bouncing off the walls on the plane) If you let them choose it, they more than likely will eat it and be super preoccupied with it. Bella's snack of choice was a Chocolate Protein Odwalla Shake (yes she drank the whole 32 grams of protein, I got to sneak a few sips) a bag of Cheetos, a strawberry Nutri-grain bar.. which she actually didn't eat once she noticed it 'crumbled'.. pretzels, apple juice, and a banana.
3. SCREEN TIME
I'm sorry if you hate it. But it works for our trips; long car rides, flights, waiting for mama to put sister down for a nap.. you gotta go with the flow sometimes and do what works for you in the most easiest way possible!! And for us, Bella has very limited screen time - so when there are moments like this.. she is FULLY drawn into whatever she is doing. And there are some pretty awesome apps out there! Our favorite, which is actually a paid subscription each month is - "Endless Learning Academy" she L-O-V-E-S it. From numbers, letters, spelling, reading, music, spanish.. it's insane. And if I can recall it's only like $7.99 a month! They have a trial in the app store! Both her headphones & the app I have linked at the bottom!
4. BINKIES AND BOTTLES
YO GUYS! I'm sure all you moms know buuuut incase not, MAKE SURE your kids hear's pop on the way up. If it's the boob, bottle, binkie, gum.. if not you'll have a screamer. I can recall countless times I nursed Ava or Bella too early on the runway or before we even reached 10,000 feet - DO NOT fret, just put a binkie in. As long as they are sucking their ears will pop.
5. CHIT CHAT about ANYTHING
IF you have a toddler, then I don't really have to explain much here. They soak up every bit of every stating facts and observations around them CONSTANTLY. I love it. We chat about the take off, how the houses and cars get smaller, how high we are rising. The trees that make the air we fly in, the clouds that produce the rain, and the sunset that introduces night time. A kid will sit and talk to you for hours, if you can keep them interested. This has become one of my strongest suits. I love teaching her about life.
6. GET YO' SELF A DRINK
It wasn't just a vacation for your kids, one drink isn't going to kill ya! Plus when your that high up in the air, all you neeed is one drink! I have HORRIBLE anxiety. And of course, I always sike myself thinking the worst, and I'll be THAT one with the screaming kids who can't shut them up. RELAX, when your relaxed, your kids will be relaxed. I kid you not, I had a mom sitting in front of me with two boys.. (despite, yes, they were little shit heads) the mom totally made a seen, squeezing their arms and whispering threats, looking up and taking a big sigh.. I honestly wanted to buy her a drink. And the worst.. they were toootally nagging her, pushing the lights on and off, 'ding-ing' for the flight attendant every 5 minutes, the boys had a total kick out of it.. I kinda did too. I don't know how she stayed sober.
Carseat canopy/nursing cover - Copper Pearl
Pink Headphones - Amazon
Endless Learning Academy App -
Bella's Yellow Dress - LeLe For Kids