Dads preparing for a long flight
Preparing for a long flight is always a daunting task. However, when you are preparing for a long flight with an infant, that fear increases told fold. Now preparing for a long international flight as a new dad with an infant…terror inducing! There is nothing you can really do to make this stroll through Mordor any easier, but there are things that you need to ensure you have on hand at all times to make sure your journey is as smooth as possible. Here is a list of things you should prepare prior to facing up with this demon of a trip.
Go into this thing knowing and accepting the struggles and social stresses that comes with this. We know what is it like to have a baby on a flight. We have ALL complained about it, unempathetically. Now it is your turn to suffer, but you can do it with a smile. Talk to those around you and inform them of what might be laying ahead for both you and them. This should give them some sympathy towards you guys.
Make sure you have your iPads loaded with colourful videos and happy visuals for your child to get distracted with. There are a vast variety of downloading apps that allow you to download and store videos directly from YouTube, find them, and use them. If your bub watches the same videos or you notice they are comfortable with particular songs or patterns, utilise those and keep your battery charged.
These are highly useful tools for your child in the crazy, strung out environment. Some times the best way to reduce the confusion is to simply remove your child from it. Deprive their little brains of the loud engine noises and people clammering around the cabin. Just make sure that you buy the correct ear muffs, too tight and you could actually harm your child, too loose and you might as well have socks on their ears.
Have a thousand of these on hand. Do not make the mistake of simply assuming two or three will suffice. These pacifiers have a tendency to drop on floors, and I am sure you do not want your bub sucking on airport footpath scum. Dummies help to ease the pressure from take off and landing so ensure your child has them nearby.
Duh. But there are some tips to getting you through without carrying around massive boxes and containers. If you are breastfeeding still then that is a seperate issue, however, if you are bottle feeding – pack down at least two thermos with warm water. Pack pre-portioned mini plastic bags of powder and you should be set.
Whatever you think you’ve packed, triple it. The last ting you want to be dealing with is a baby full of poop and nothing to cover them in because you didn’t think ahead. Imagine the worst and plan for that. Sometimes it isn’t your babies fault, muck and grime tends to to find a way in places it is not welcome, so just be ready.
Try, as hard as it may seem to have some fun with this. Print some funny shirts warning people, or whatever it is that is unique to you and your family. Make light of the situation and understand it is only for a brief period of your life. Film it and yo uwill have something to look back on in years to come. Plus, you will never see these people again so just take things as they come and be a strong figure for your partner and your child. You got this big fella!
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