plane rides

Jenna - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi all, I'm the mom of a Nov. 1st baby. Has anyone been on a plane recently with your toddler? Delila is so very busy I don't know how we're going to keep her busy for a flight to Florida. Does anyone have any excellent suggestions? Thanks!

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Lois - posted on 06/23/2009

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Snacks, things that will keep her fingers busy. Books and looking out the window helps.Sometimes, depending on the flight attendants, they will entertain them too. Good luck my daughter will be taking her first flight in August and hoping for the best. Its a two hour flight and I am hoping she does well.

Sayonara - posted on 06/22/2009

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About 2 weeks ago, my husband and I took both of the kids to Florida. My daughter and my son, who was born Nov. 2nd, were a little fussy but we brought them a portable dvd player so they can watch their cartoon dvd's on the plane. We also brought them snacks and it is a good idea to bring few special toys that they really like. They watched the dvd player through the whole flight and since it was such a short flight it went by very quickly. Just make sure she doesn't get bored and you will be fine.

Kirsten - posted on 06/19/2009

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We did a 2.5 hour flight last month, was tsla's first and was fine. We sat by the window which kept her entertained while we were waiting to taxi and for take off. I fed her to clear her ears and she drifted off to sleep for a while (sensory overload) we had packed a bag with some books, crayons and paper, but she was more interested in having a chat with all the other passengers - she loves being centre of attention!

Cherise - posted on 06/19/2009

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Hi Jenna.



Three weeks we took our daughter (born November 11th) on a four hour flight. I brought a few new, small toys that she had never seen before that I thought might spark her interest and keep her entertained during the flight. (Fisher Price "mp3" player , as well as a telephone) I purchased Dora flashcards, not because I thought she'd get a lot of education value out of them, but each card had a lift flap which she LOVES in books, so that kept her fingers occupied and busy for awhile. I also brought triangle crayons and a little spiral notebook for her to doodle on. A few of her favorite books (small ones) were packed in her carry on as well. Snacks were a good way of passing the time as well. Finger foods that aren't too messy and didn't leave a lot of crumbs.



The best thing we brought along with us though was a portable DVD player. We didn't end up having to use it on the flight because they had Treehouse TV (Canadian version of Noggin') on every tv in the back of the seat. It was such a good distraction. There's not a lot of things a toddler can do on an airplane, and I know a lot of parents will probably argue with me about letting a little one this age watch tv, but it kept her from crying and wanting to run up and down the aisle of the airplane. You do what you gotta do sometimes!



I don't know if you've purchased a seat for her or not, or if you're travelling alone, but I would suggest a window seat if she's on your lap. We had my 3 year old son in the middle seat, and my husband sat on the aisle. It kept the kids corralled, and they didn't entertain any ideas that it would be okay to get down and go up and down the aisle. She stayed on my lap the entire flight, even falling asleep for an hour and a half. I brought her special blanket to help aid the sleeping process. She also still uses a soother which helped with the cabin pressure changing, in particular on the way down before landing. A drink could help do the same thing. Bring an empty sippy cup and have the flight attendant fill it with juice or water for you since you're not allowed to bring your own on board. UNLESS she's on formula still, and they will allow you to bring that on board with a toddler.



I hope some of that helps. We had a great flight, and I would totally do it again. Good luck! Enjoy Florida! Hoping to make that trip next spring!



Cherise

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