Q: Our vacation is coming up and it is going to be my first time traveling with our young daughter. She can get fussy – any tips to make the flight go smoothly for her?
- Some airlines allow children 2 and under to sit on their parents lap, but I am not a proponent of that.
- The safest way for babies and young children to travel is in their own car seats attached to their own plane seat.
- Turbulence during air travel can toss babies and toddlers around and hurt them if they are not secured.
- If your child gets fussy on a plane, it is mostly like the pressure in her ears. Youngsters have much narrower Eustachian tubes than adults so the pressure is exaggerated during take-off and landing making it very uncomfortable for them.
- Bring a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup with you that will allow them to drink or suck during these times to help equalize the pressure.
- Also have a lot of snacks and food on hand for your child; air travel today is fraught with many delays and sometimes you are stuck on the tarmac for a while inside the plane!