As a chiropractor who sees families that travel, and a dad with two kids who has experienced it firsthand, traveling with kids can be a true challenge. Here are a few tips to help make your next family trip a little easier for both you and your little ones.
Tip #1: When flying with a newborn, plan on feeding at takeoff and on descent prior to landing. Not only is feeding typically soothing and comforting for a baby, but the sucking motion can help regulate the pressure in the ears, making the most eventful parts of the flight that much easier.
Tip #2: When flying with a lap seat child, use family boarding. If you’ve got multiple kids and one is a lap seater, have one parent board with the older child while the other parent waits with the youngest until the majority of the plane has boarded. This cuts down the amount of time your little one sits on the plane.
Tip #3: For those hotel stays where routines change along with the environment, we recommend traveling with a Slumberpod. This is a blackout tent that goes overtop of a pack-n-play. It’s lightweight and travel friendly. It has been a game changer helping our little one sleep in new places.
Tip #4: For older kids, technology and travel often go hand in hand. We recommend using a pillow or backpack while seated to help elevate the screen. Keeping a screen at or above eye level takes pressure off the musculature in the neck.
Tip #5: The most essential travel hack is getting adjusted before and after your trip. A body that functions properly is ready to take on whatever your trip might throw your way. Time on a plane or in a car, different bed, lots of walking—you name it—your body will handle it better. Once you return, we check to make sure your body is ready to get back into your day-to-day routine.
Ready to see for yourself? You’ll notice the difference and your body will thank you. You can see what our patients are saying via our Google Reviews. For more information about how we can help you and your loved ones, visit our website at www.kucerachiropractic.com.