June 2012

Tips for parents on airplanes

Your trip doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

Many businesses like to highlight the fact that children and families are the bane of their existence, none of us would be here without them—and mothers have the biggest  consumer spending power in America at the moment. In short, travel companies, from airlines to hotels, should be kissing parental feet if they want to drum up business rather than putting moms (and dads) down. Since they’re not and we still have to travel sometimes, it’s up to us to make our experiences less hectic. Here are a few ways we can attempt that.

Use binkies. If you have a baby, this is such a great way to not only help him or her soothe, but also to keep baby busy and his or her ears protected from painfully popping. Many parents don’t like binkies—myself included—but this might be a reason to make an exception. You could also try breast or bottle on demand during the flight.