Long Distance Flying with Young Kids!

This is a post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. 4 tips to ease the pains of flying long distance with your children I married a Kiwi. After 10 years of living in the UK he had served his time. By now we had two young children, one 2 years and the other 9months old (just past the cut off point for a basinet seat on a flight…grrr). Moving to New Zealand was the right decision for us. My husband’s family still live there and we could have the outdoor life we desired, with two very active little boys and dog (whole other story). A 28 hour flight was looming, I decided to prepare as best I could for what was to come. The flight went beautifully and the children were perfect (I mean even better than they are normally)! This is how I did it: 1. We booked the overnight flight, leaving Heathrow at 9pm. This meant that at 8pm at the gate we could do a semi normal bed-time routine. Jammies, Bottle, Story etcetera. My eldest required his own seat for being over 2, but for my youngest it was un-needed. 2. We had the kid’s covers and pillows as their carry-on luggage. A made up bottle for my youngest, which you will have to taste test through security. Boob juice or formula anyone? Buying a large bottle of water once we were through to the departure lounge. 3. Thinking about our fellow passengers. There is nothing worse than a long flight with a screaming baby in your ear & as...