We’ve spent a lot of time flying over the past month. First from Dubai to Birmingham, then onwards from Manchester to Barbados. And back again. Approximately 32 hours in the air with the boys. With this said, the Baby has decided to put together a guide on how best to go about entertaining babies while flying.
Study Mummy or Daddy’s face intently
With your hands. Stick a finger up a nose and see what’s in that dark cavity. While you’re at it check that their eyelids are still functioning correctly. Open, shut, open, shut….
Exercise on the floor in front of the seat
Freedom is yours – crawl around until you find the treasured possession that is the changing bag. Proceed to empty said bag in the ultimate quest for the lone, fluffy, raisin. One day you will be victorious in said quest, in the meantime ponder why Mummy is embarrassed at the man opposite handing back items of a more personal nature.
Work on your sibling bond
Attempt to take anything that your big brother has for your own, despite the fact that you have EXACTLY the same thing of your own. Do they not understand that you are trying to be like them and imitation is the biggest form of flattery??
Study the safety announcement
Or eat it.
Practice your eating skills
Or more precisely, the chewing motion, via biting. The possibilities are endless, my personal favourites include (but are not limited too) Mummy’s shoulder, paper, the arm rest, hair, the occasional actual teething ring toy…..
Go back and work on your sibling bond a little bit more
By laughing at the temper tantrums the Big One is throwing, those things will go down in history. Remember the time he went bonkers because he wasn’t allowed to pull the tray table down while we were taxiing up the runway??
Play with the Baby toys that have been packed
By launching them into the aisle for a fetch and retrieve exercise….
Just kidding, sleep is for the weak! Let them walk you up and down the aisle so they think you are going to drift off to dream world when in reality it’s a chance to show off just how cute you are to anyone who may not have seen you yet. Smile, coo, wave. Above all – DON’T SLEEP. Until of course it’s 15 minutes before you are coming into land, make sure that all the contents of the bags are scattered everywhere so that they can’t get off the plane without waking you….then make sure everyone knows your displeasure.
*all in jest I promise, both my boys were incredible on MOST of the flights and I’d do it all again tomorrow for the experience!*