DURING TAKE-OFF AND LANDING
1. De-pressurize little ear canals with boob / bottle / lollipops
Parents of babies know that the boob or the bottle is the best solution to alleviating ear-pressure build-up in the tiny ear canals of infants, but what to do about toddlers who are no longer nursing or using a bottle? Older children still face the same issue of ear-pressure build-up, and they don’t have the necessary motor skills to relieve this pressure themselves (and no, you should not offer them gum), so help them out with something else they can suck or chew on. Drink bottles (my son loves his Bobble) and organic lollipops make good pacifiers for older children. As an added bonus, they help to zip little lips and provide distraction during take-off and landing.
2. Dr. Seuss is Your Best Friend
Obviously if you have a child you are familiar with Dr. Seuss, and I probably don’t have to explain why his books are excellent for long trips in planes and cars. But for those of you who haven’t caught Seuss fever – here’s why its especially good to visit the Doctor before embarking on a long journey:
+ Dr. Seuss books are long (meaning you can knock down 30 minutes with one book) but never boring.
+ Dr. Seuss books are silly, rhyme-y and will get your tot laughing.
+ Dr. Seuss books pack a lot of reading time into a small, lightweight package – meaning you can get way more distraction time out of a Seuss than a 2 minute board book.
+ Dr. Seuss books have fun illustrations and great moral messages mixed in to the silliness.
Here are some of my favorite Seuss books for car and plane trips: Oh The Places You’ll Go, The Lorax, The Sneetches, If I Ran The Circus, The Birthday Book, Horton Hears a Who, and The Cat In The Hat Comes Back (and he has 26 miniature cats hidden inside his hat like Russian nesting dolls!!!!)