You might have read this title and asked, “Are there really people that take babies on helicopter tours?” The truth is, it’s perfectly safe to take small children on helicopter tours, and many families on vacations choose to do so every year.
Consider this—babies fly in airplanes all the time without any issue. While you won’t be able to fly in a doorless helicopter with an infant, you will not have any issue flying in one that is enclosed and has all the proper safety gear in place. Just make sure you connect with your tour company ahead of time to inform them you intend to bring a baby and they’ll be able to assist you in preparing for the trip.
Here are just a few tips to keep in mind if you plan to take a baby on a helicopter tour in Montana:
- Use noise canceling headphones: The helicopter tour company might have noise canceling headphones available, but if not, you should be sure to bring your own, and make sure they fit the baby’s head. Babies can have their hearing damaged more easily by the loud noises of the helicopter. Adults will have headsets during the tour, but it’s important for the baby to be protected as well. Plus, the headset gives the baby something extra to grab onto during the flight.
- Bring snacks and fizzy beverages: The pilot for the tour will keep the ride as smooth as possible, but there’s a chance you’ll start to get queasy just because the sensation of riding in a helicopter is so foreign to you. Bring a bottle for the baby, but also bring snacks and a sparkling water or soda for yourself so you can keep your stomach feeling good enough and you can also keep attending to your baby.
- Bring multiple pacifiers: We can’t tell you how many pacifiers we’ve seen get lost on helicopter tours. You can’t get up and look around for a fallen pacifier during the tour. If your child takes a pacifier, it’ll definitely help them to stay calm during the ride, and having backups on hand is a good idea. We also strongly recommend the use of pacifier clips—they’ll keep the pacifier attached to your child’s clothes so when the helicopter makes a sudden movement in one direction, you won’t have to worry about losing it if it falls out of your baby’s mouth.
- Find a way for the child to stay occupied: If it’s a toddler, you might want to find additional ways for him or her to stay occupied. For example, consider giving the child a disposable camera to be able to capture the trip from their perspective. You might be surprised at how much this improves their attention span on the trip!
There’s no reason to avoid a helicopter tour in Montana just because you have babies or toddlers! To learn more about how to make the most out of your trip with a little one, contact Rocky Mountain Rotors today.
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