My husband and I are taking our first plane trip with our 18 month old in December. Any tips for the flight with a wiggle worm?

Amber - posted on 11/11/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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We will be taking a 3 hour plane ride for a business trip with my husband. I'm worried about our 18 month old's ears-any tips for keeping the pressure at bay? Any other good ideas for navigating the airport and plane ride? Thank you!!! :)

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Kelly - posted on 11/12/2008

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I am the mom of two young sons, 5 & 7, and a grown daughter. We took our boys to Florida when they were very small, and were happily surprised by how well they behaved! I found that as long as I had enough toys and snacks (and sippy cups!) we did just fine. Just make sure that your little one is drinking during take off, it helps with the pressure in their ears. My boys were small enough at that time that nursing helped too. Anything that makes them swallow helps. Good luck and have a great trip!! P.S. An umbrella stroller in the airport is a life saver too, theres too much walking for a little one, and carrying them doesn't work for very long! The small stroller is very easy when getting on and off the plane.

Aimee - posted on 11/12/2008

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snacks!!! lots and lots of snacks!! I flew alone from the US all the way to England with my first daughter when she was 18 months and she screamed the whole time (red eye flight and obviously a VERY long journey) on the way back she was better but i had lots of food, milk, and books as she loves to be read to so it kept her distracted for ages - but not the whole 10 hours! talking to her about the passengers around her, what was out of the window etc all helped and we also did lots of laps of the plane whilst in flight. if your child is content to walk around and wave to everyone they won't mind one bit. he simply won't sit still the whole time but it really is ok to get up with him if it's safe to do so. as for the ears, nursing/drinking at the time of take off / landing really helps or like the others say, check with your doctor about medication. And dn't worry, the time will go by really quickly!

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2008

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We have flown frequently with our kids since the oldest was 4 mo. The typical advice is to have them drink something during the entire ascent and descent, but if the plane sits on the runway a long time, then you can't keep a hungry baby waiting forever! Honestly they only need to swallow every couple of minutes, so if you run out of juice/milk, or they are just not hungry, keep a few of their most favorite snacks handy. Eating a gold fish cracker or cheerio causes them to swallow just as effectively as the bottle of milk.

Elissa - posted on 11/11/2008

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I have flown a few times with both of my kids (4 years and 21 months). When my daughter was younger I went to the dollar store prior to the trip and picked up a handful of new things...coloring books, little toys, treats. When she got antsy on the ride, I'd pull a new surprise out of the bag. I wrapped them in tissue paper to delay the anticipation and she felt like it was a special present. Cheap, distracting and wastes time!!! Be sure to take an umbrella stroller...easy to navigate quickly and you can stow it at the last minute instead of paying for an extra piece of "luggage." Enjoy the trip!!

Mary - posted on 11/11/2008

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We just flew with our 5 month old over the weekend and it went really well! I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they let us take his stroller and car seat right up to the gate where we were able to check it. On three of our four flights they gave her her own seat so we kept the car seat with us so that she could sit in it. Thankfully we didn't have to deal with her being too active. We swaddled her and had her sleep for four hours on our two tray tables.

Maureen - posted on 11/11/2008

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Be sure to have snacks and perhaps a toy or two. Also have something for him to drink when the plane is landing. If you have a portable DVD player, that might help keep him occupied on the flight

Jeannine - posted on 11/11/2008

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I've been told to have them drink something while you are taking off or landing so that their ears will pop naturally while drinking. We traveled with our son when he was about 15 months and we did that and he didn't seem to have any problems.

Holly - posted on 11/11/2008

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i suggest a dvd player and your own carseat. I have taken my 18 month old on flights by myself at least 4 times now from DC to San Diego...it has really helped having his own seat, lot's of books, crayons, toys, ect. The pressure is only a problem on the way down so a lolly pop and or juice works pretty well. anything that they can suck on or move their jaws. 3 hours shouldn't be too bad, you can always let your baby walk up and down the aisles and the stewardesses are generally pretty patient and helpful. remember to bring surprises and comforting items. Have fun!

Katie - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hey! I can't give you any advice but I'm about to take my 6 month old on a plane as well. I'll be talking to my doctor about what we can do on the 17th so if u have until then I will let you know what I find out.

-Kt-

Stephanie - posted on 11/11/2008

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My little one is only 11 months old, but she will be going on her third plane trip for Thanksgiving (all of the family lives out of state). We fly Southwest, so we can sometimes get her her own seat (at no charge). Bring a few small toys for the baby to play with. Also, get some of the energy out at the airport by showing up early and walking the terminal. That way you might be blessed with a sleeping baby the whole way!

Brianna - posted on 11/11/2008

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I took my son ( at that time he was 19 month's old) in July on a 2 hour flight to California and the docter told me before getting on the plane you can give your child some Tylenol, to help with the ear's and the elevation change. Also bring a cup of juice with you and have your child drink some juice before take off and before you land at your destiation to prevent the ear's from popping. If you have a wiggle worm like my child then you can also give your child Children's Benadryl to have your child calmed and relaxed during the flight :) Plus bring lot's of book's, toy's and coloring books :) I flew on Jetblue Airlines which was nice because that had satilite TV so my son could watch cartoon's while on the plane ride to California :) Good Luck !!

Toni - posted on 11/11/2008

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when you are taking off and landing, be sure to give the baby something to drink - nurse her or give her a bottle - the drinking and swallowing will keep her ears open and hopefully keep them open and not hurting.

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