Make the most of it — it's pretty much the only option when spaces are cramped and kids get fidgety.
Maybe you'll be away from home during the holidays? If you're flying with little kids, we've got tips:
• Generally, flying families with children younger than 2 are pre-boarded.
• Most airlines — not all — allow you to bring your stroller to the door of the plane. Consider using a very compact collapsible stroller for toddlers.
• Babies can cry or fuss during take off and landing because of cabin pressure hurting their ears. Feeding your baby during these times can help the flying experience.
• Most airlines will warm up milk for you — ask for help with this before attendants get busy with cabin service.
• Choose a window seat for privacy while breastfeeding.
• If you need a plug for your pump or to charge a phone, many international airlines have in-seat sockets. Check with your airline first or bring along an external charging device.
• You can take more than 100 ml of milk/water on board with you in order to feed your baby (baby food and milk is exempt from the 100 ml liquid rule).
• Bring along a few toys for your baby if he's wakeful and needs entertaining. Good suggestions include a soft cloth book, stacking cups, a small and quiet interactive toy, a plush animal with buckles, zippers, etc.
• Diaper-bag must-haves besides the usual: change of clothes for Baby, light blanket, burp cloths, bib, pacifiers, plastic bags.
• Be prepared for the small changing tables on an airplane — it gets cramped in there.
• Bring plenty of items to keep older kids occupied, but remember, no small pieces that can fall on the plane floor.
• Most important tip of all for moms and dads: travel with a good attitude! Kids pick up on your stress, so just chill and give in to what's in front of you.
More about: Susan Swindell Day, Editor
Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.