Flying with young children (aged 2-5) can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t have to be that way. Turkish Airlines shares some tips for travellers:
1. A few days before the flight, start getting your children excited about the flight. Tell them about the kid-friendly entertainment, the complimentary toys, and the special snacks and meals.
2. Let them help you to pack their own small backpack of personal items for the flight. This could be toys, books, snacks, games and headphones. Make sure the toys or games they choose are not too noisy and distracting for other passengers.
3. Figure out the best seating plan for your family and reserve them in advance. Window seats are great for some children but for others, the aisle might be best for mobility and access. Let the child make the choice.
4. Order your child’s meals in advance. This also ensures that they get complimentary toys and packs.
5.Pack a bag with essential supplies, like changes of clothing or a favourite sleeping blanket. Make sure they are easily accessible. It can be stressful to be searching around in a dark, confined space for an urgently needed item.
6. If the fasten seatbelt light is off, encourage your child to move about the cabin to release some energy and to get a change of scenery.
7. Changes in cabin pressure can affect some children. Giving them a sweet (or a dummy if they are still using one) can help.
8. Only use medications that you have had properly prescribed and preferably have used before. Sometimes a sedative can have the opposite effect on a child and cause them to become agitated and to remain wide awake.
9. Make sure your documents are all in order and easily accessible.
10. Make use of the crew. They will have some backup supplies and can offer advice or even assist with the children.