4 tips to keep a toddler quiet on a plane
By: INSIDE EDITION
We've all been there, seated next to a fussy child on a plane.
INSIDE EDITION's Victoria Recaño says, "Traveling with a child can be quite tricky. Normally when I'm with my one-and-a-half-year-old, I have all this equipment, toys, and food. Add a temper tantrum to the mix and my plane ride could turn into nightmare for me and my fellow passengers. "
Just last week one mom got national attention when she said she was kicked off a United Airlines flight because her baby was crying.
Sarah Blackwood told INSIDE EDITION, "I was approached a couple of times by the flight attendants saying, 'Control your child. You're the parent, you should know how to calm your child down.' Almost like he was a wild animal and he comes with a switch."
Sarah Blackwood, a singer, says she couldn't believe it when the taxi-ing plane returned to the gate in San Francisco and she was told to get off.
She added, "The woman behind me stood up and said, 'He's sleeping now, like everything is fine, you can't ask her to leave the plane.' I'm not one to argue, so I got up and showed her which bags were mine and got off the plane."
United Airlines said in a statement that Ms. Blackwood and her child were removed from the plane for safety reasons because the child was not seated and was in the aisle during taxi-ing.
Arguments over kids on planes can erupt at any time. Experts say there are tips that all parents need to know before taking their infant on a plane.
Parenting expert Lyss Stern of DivaMoms.com says to be prepared for the worst.
She told INSIDE EDITION, "You need to come on this plane prepared because you know the baby is going to start crying and passengers are going to get upset, but you need, as a parent, to actively be prepared for this. Snacks are really important. Have snacks prepared for the baby or the child, maybe a favorite book or a favorite toy. You can also try an iPad. Download ahead of time songs that a baby might like to soothe the baby."
INSIDE EDITION's Victoria Recaño says she worries most about taking off and landing. That's why she always has a bottle ready for him. It helps with the air pressure which can really make babies uncomfortable.
"He handled the flight well. A little fussy, sure, but all the passengers around were very gracious and took it in stride," she said.
Recaño asked a fellow passenger, "Have you ever been on a flight with crazy kids?"
She responded, "Yeah, my own."
And the dream of every traveling parent: "He fell asleep, I gave him the bottle and it worked like a charm. Thankfully we got lucky, but I know that doesn't happen for everyone," says Recaño.