Also make sure that you have enough and more rest on the previous day. As that will prepare you better for the flight and give you the strength to look after the baby better. Keep in mind whatever you do, don’t let go sight of your child!
Going out with little kids can be quite the task. It would be an almost impossible task if you are not prepared beforehand. There are some things that I do when my partner and I take our kids out. Whether it is flying abroad or just a visit to the zoo, having four kids comes with huge complications. And if you are a mum, I know you will be able to relate to it!
Lecture! Oh yes! I blast my kids every now and then with a huge lecture and trust it works! The thing about a lecture to work is the timing. You should lecture them in the right times. Before bed time is a very good time. As they are in their calming moods and are ready to listen to us. Also lecturing before buying them something or taking them out works. Make sure you add in a treat like if you don’t behave you will not be going. And sometimes you will have to actually do it! Then they will be more willing to behave.
Have a pattern of how the kids are expected to behave when they go out. I have given my eldest one the responsibility of helping me look after the last. And the middle two are expected to walk together and always stay in sight of my partner. It is like a code that we have been practicing that we are now so used to. My eldest son and I alternate turns in pushing the good sun protection baby stroller. My eldest one actually loves the responsibility and is very loving and caring to the last one.
Flying abroad can be quite a task. I have travelled by flight about 4 times with all my kids. And u=I can assure you it was one heck of a ride! Make sure you book the tickets with an airline that has an airplane bassinet for infants below 2 years. There are many airlines that give this offer at no charge or a very small fee. When flying also keep in mind to book all the seats together and also make sure that you don’t allow your kids to change seats. That will become a habit and very hard to handle on the flight.
Kids will be kids!
No matter what you do or how much you prepare, kids will be kids. And sometimes the older they get the harder to handle them. So keep in mind to not overly stress yourself to make them perfect. As kids are meant to kids and not attain perfection!