Sedating children on flights
Many parents dread taking a baby on a plane or other public transportation for extended periods.Will your baby scream the whole way, and are fellow passengers going to give you dirty looks?Our babies never fell asleep in our arms, even if they were tired.If you’ve got a wide-awake baby that won’t sit still, you’re in for a long flight, friend.The engines create a din of white noise that will help knock your kids out.It may seem loud, but the womb was incredibly loud too – they’ll think they’re back in their happy place.It’s not unusual for parents to consider avoiding such potential problems by using medication to make their baby sleep.
I try to counsel families about ways to make travel with babies a little easier without using medicine.
But the big downside of choosing this option is that you can’t have your carry-on bag by your feet during take-off and landing, and you’re going to be stressing if the kids are wailing and you need something but can’t get it. It’s sometimes less populated, so you have less chance of bothering others.
Plus it’s near the lavatory in case you and your kids need to use it.
If you sit in the very last row, you’ll find that the sound of people unlatching the bathroom lock is surprisingly loud, and it may rouse your baby from his slumber. The advantage to this is obvious: you don’t have to buy them their own seat and you’ll thus save a lot of money.
But while it may seem hard to justify coughing up the cash to buy your tiny tot her own high-flying throne, if your budget will allow it (some airlines offer a discount on children’s seats – be sure to check), I definitely think it’s worthwhile. A baby held on a lap can be injured if the plane is hit with severe turbulence.
To up the chances of this happening, book your flight so it coincides with their usual naptime (and then pray that there’s no delays! If you’ll be taking multiple flights, aim to have the longest leg of the journey coincide with their nap.