There is a big difference between traveling with an adult and traveling with children. Even if you have toddlers or an infant with you, it is a special specification that adults accompanying their children must observe safety first when traveling. There are numerous ways to make traveling for you and your child safer. Here are seven:
- Maintain seatbelts or restraints at all times. Naughtiness can become one reason for your child to get hurt and cause one to another. Your child can move all he want as long as his seatbelt or restraint are firmly attached to their bodies. Furthermore, turbulence can go without warning.
- Keep your child’s essentials inside your hand carry bag. You can survive every ounce of tantrums when you keep in your bag a handful of useful merchandise like diapers, food and medicine. If you have an infant, you can bring in two bottles of milk.
- Position you child away from the aisle. It would be more appropriate to sit him in between two adults. If you don’t like being seated along the aisle, for your child’s sake, sacrifice. Children love exploring and reaching out things. They can get hurt unknowingly when their little arms and hands get bumped by walking people or by the serving cart. You can also sit him at one corner beside the windows.
- Bring toys. Make sure these are not deadly ones. Toys can serve as perfect modalities to catch your child’s attention and refrain him or her from making unnecessary noises and activities. Never bring toys that can hurt, easily break or is heavy. Electronic games can only be used while the plane is cruising.
- Control your child. It is your responsibility to control your child’s behavior while inside the plane. The flight attendant is never responsible for the supervision of your child. You don’t pay them to become baby sitters. As much as possible, don’t fall asleep during the flight. Children take this opportunity to wander around the plane and eventually get lost. You also have to be careful when walking around the plane with your child for he might reach hot cups of coffee or silverware.
- Upon the deployment of oxygen masks, put yours first. Contrary to what most parents would think, it is much advisable to put an adult’s mask first before their child. Why? for practical reasons. There would be a greater chance of saving both your lives than just your child’s. If the adult puts the oxygen mask on their children first, it will take only few seconds for hypoxia to come over wherein episodes of confusion or passing out will happen. A child, especially smaller ones, will be of no help once you pass out. This is one very good reason why you must put on the mask first.
- Always be prepared for the possibility of emergencies. Be aware of the procedures that can be appropriate for your child. First, ask the flight attendant if they have emergency equipments that are designed especially for children. Next, be familiar with the preflight briefing. Lastly, if your child has a condition that can be an issue, inform the attendant.
Generally, you have to plan ahead. Ask yourself what are the things that can help you and your child to be safe through hours of being suspended on air. It is your sole responsibility to take good care of your child by practicing these safety first tips when traveling.