6 tips for a happy flight with kids
Getting a natural night's sleep on flights can be a challenge, but bringing your child's favourite bedtime toy or reading them a story can help. Try to discourage screen time during normal sleeping hours and limit your child's screen time overall. For example, one movie for an international flight will keep them entertained and suggest activities such as colouring books once the movie is over.
Depending on your holiday destination, consider booking a flight that coincides with your child's sleep routine. Most flights dim the lights during a night flight to reinforce sleeping patterns, so it's likely your child will be asleep for a large part of the journey.
Restlessness can result in travel sickness in children. Reduce the likelihood of this by encouraging a relaxing game and avoiding unnecessary head movements, by using pillows or a headrest. It also helps to avoid heavy meals during travel and fit in a light snack before the flight.
The effects of cabin pressure can be uncomfortable for many adults, and this pressure causes even more pain and discomfort for babies and kids, due to their narrower ear tubes. Counteract this by the usual remedies – encourage them to yawn, swallow or chew gum and sweets. Babies can be particularly affected, feeding them often does the trick.
Allow your baby to lie down comfortably in-flight by requesting a bassinet, which attaches to the front wall of each section in the aircraft. However, travelling with an infant doesn't guarantee a bassinet on a flight, so make sure to request it during booking.
Some kids can be picky with their meals. If that's the case, specify and food requirements or allergies when booking your flight to ensure they will be able to eat their meal.