Flying with a little one can be a big enough challenge in itself, but when we faced an 11 p.m. flight home on our last trip, I had to dig deep into my “mom trick bag.”
My daughter is a little over three and we still do a pretty consistent bedtime routine, so I knew this was going to significantly shake things up. Sounds exciting, right? Rest assured, I found these three things made it easier for all of us.
We had a healthy dinner at home and skipped bath and pj’s. My thinking is it would confuse her (aka meltdown) if she did not go to bed right after her normal bedtime prep activities.
Bomb snacks! Somehow my child is always starving on an airplane, no matter how much she has eaten before. I stocked up on tons of nutritious options and let her dig in as soon as we sat down.
Desperate times call for desperate measures - I did bring a couple of her favorite books as a first line of defense, but I also packed the iPad and downloaded a few of my daughter’s favorite shows. She watched for a few minutes, and then wanted to lay down on my lap and sleep.