Family flying: 16 tips for a stress-free trip


6. Beware of bulkhead seats. While it allows for more leg room, there isn't storage under the seat. This means more visits to the overhead bin. Also, immobile armrests prevent a tired child from cuddling with mom and dad.

7. Single traveler with twins?Many airlines do not permit one adult to travel with two infants. Check with your carrier ahead of time.

8. Bring backpacks.They can be filled with toys, water bottles and snacks that your kids help to select. Have your little ones "practice" carrying the backpack prior to the flight if you want to discourage bulky, heavy items.

9. Carry an extra outfit for your baby. Otherwise, you know what will happen ...

10. Get to the gate early. Take advantage of pre-boarding for passengers traveling with children.

11. Avoid pre-flight salty snacks. Children who consume salt, consume liquids. And children who consume liquids need to use the potty just as the pilot flashes the "seat belt" sign.

12. Breastfeed, or give your infant a bottle, during takeoff and landing. This releases ear pressure, which can be bothersome to some children. Older children can use gum or hard candy.

13. If your child has a pre-flight cold, contact the pediatrician before you leave. Your pediatrician may recommend a decongestant. The pressure of takeoff could potentially cause extreme discomfort.

14. Can't leave home without a "lovey"?If your child has an attachment to a blankie or a toy, be sure to include it with carry-on luggage. Keep it out of sight in case you need an emergency fix for an unhappy child.

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