FOR PARENTS-HOW TO MAKE FLYING WITH KIDS MORE MANAGEABLE
1. How much will my nanny charge?
One child= $20 per hour
Two children=$22 per hour
Three children=$24 per hour
2. As a parent, what kinds of things should I pack to make the flight easier?
3. What kind of food is good for toddlers?
I think flights are a time to splurge on the treats, because it is hard for little ones to sit in a confined space for several hours, and sometimes bribery with a few sugary treats can go a long way. Of course, you run into a bit of trouble if you give them too much sugar and they go crazy with a sugar high, so striking a balance is key. Things like granola bars, string cheese, apple, orange, carrot, or cucumber slices, cereal in Ziploc bags to munch on (I save the Lucky Charms for when I really need cooperation…for example, "Okay, if you stop kicking the seat in front of you I will let you have some Lucky Charms!"...that kind of thing). Goldfish crackers have saved the day on many a trip I have had, since often times they are the only thing my little guy wants to eat. Another great tip is to bring lollipops, since sucking on something often helps kids ears during takeoff and landing.
If you are flying during a mealtime, I highly suggest packing something your child will eat. People seem to be hungrier than normal while flying, at least in my family, so I make sure to pack a sandwich for myself and my little ones. Turkey, almond butter and jelly, whatever floats your boat. Chances are that your packed lunch will make your kids happier than a soggy sandwich bought in the airport. Other protein packed ideas are cottage cheese in a plastic container, greek yogurt, and cheddar cheese triangles and crackers.
4. What kinds of activities can my kids do while on the plane? They are under 5 years old.
Babies seem to love the magazines in the seat back in front of them. This can provide about 20 minutes of entertainment for both of you, since the pictures are interesting and sometimes you can catch a few headings of some articles. (You won’t be able to read the whole thing, trust me.)
For babies, eating really breaks up the flight. So if they are eating solids, make sure to bring plenty of options, like rice cereal that you can just add water to, oatmeal, and jarred or homemade baby food. I like the pouches as well since they don’t require a spoon. I my experience, babies usually take at least a half hr nap on the plane since the sound of the engines can lull them to sleep.
Young toddlers can play with all kinds of things in their seat, provided you bring some toys with you! My suggestion is to go to the dollar store or party store and stock up on inexpensive items such as toy cars that they can play with on their tray table. Throughout the flight, as your child gets antsy, you can pull these surprise toys out of your bag so that your little one has something new to discover. If you are really crafty and well prepared, you can wrap each item!
Coloring books, play dough, silly putty, these are all great ways to make the time fly by. Favorite books, favorite videos on the DVR player, iPAD or phone are all entertaining as well. There are many educational games that can be downloaded and played on the plane, which are a great way to pass the time.
One thing that has worked really well for me are the photo settings on the iPAD. My son loves to take picture after picture with different color settings to see how funny the pictures come out. Sure, I end up with 200 pictures of him in his seat when we get to our destination, but he spent his time happy and playing on the flight, and that is all that matters!!
If your child has a special lovey or stuffed animal, definitely bring him or her on the plane with you, do not pack it underneath. There have been times on the plane where my child wanted his lovey, even though it is big and bulky I was SO glad to have it with me. You just don’t want to take chances with something that will make your child calm and happy while traveling to an unfamiliar destination.
5. How can I make a layover easier with kids?
If you have a baby, this is a great chance to change their diaper at a real changing station with a full size changing table. Take advantage of this! The airplane changing tables are so small, this is your chance to change the baby one more time at a full size station!
If you have time to eat, this is suggested as well. First of all, it is fun to see what kind of food choices are at new airports, and if you don’t have anything packed you can search out for the best, healthiest, and most fun option and pick it up to go! Kids love to have control, so if you give them 2 choices of what they can have, they usually are happy being the decision maker and picking their next meal!
6. Okay, now that I have been matched with my nanny, now what. What exactly will she do?
7. What happens when the unexpected happens and delays occur?
8. What happens if my child does not like the nanny?
You know your child best. If your child is the type that may take a little while to warm up to a new person, then be aware of that and give the nanny a chance to get to know your child. However, if your child is going through a stage where they are completely attached to you and won't warm up to anyone else, (this can be a common problem for some babies and toddlers) then nanny in the Clouds may not be the best solution for you. Some children do take several meetings before warming up to a new person. If this is the case, then the best way for nanny in the Clouds to work for you is to set up one or two in person meetings with your nanny.
9. How can I be sure that our nanny will be able to sit with me and my children?
Once you have found a nanny match for your flight, you need to call your airline to arrange for them to seat you together. If they are unable to accommodate your request, you can wait until the day of your flight and ask them again at the ticket counter or on the plane.
10. I have more questions, who can I call?
Happy and safe travels to all!
All The Best,