I'm taking my 21 month old on a 3.5 hour flight sharing my seat. Any suggestions to keep her happy?

Drea - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 169 moms have responded )

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21 month old baby going on a 3.5 hour flight sharing my seat. I need suggestions so we both come off the plane happy.

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Allison - posted on 03/15/2010

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I flew several time with my son at this age, just me and him, and it was sometimes challenging, but we both enjoyed it. Until he was two, I would nurse him a couple times during the flight, and a lot of times this put him to sleep for a good hour! (As soon as he turned 2 they made me buckle him in his own seat, which was much more difficult.) He loved looking out the window. Also, we had a special small bag of toys just for the plane, so it was like an adventure looking in there. There were lots of small things he couldn't play with at home, due to choking hazard, but with him on my lap and monitored 100% of the time, I let him play with those on the plane. Like beads, string, old watch and cell phone, little cars, coins we would put in an old film canister, etc. (Just be sure to keep the choke-ables put away in a good, safe place after getting off the plane, of course.) We read lots of stories, and colored and drew on paper. Also we would sing songs quietly - maybe that bugged people, but less than him crying, I'm sure! He also really liked when they came around and gave him his own juice and cookies. Happy travels!

Jessica - posted on 04/10/2010

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I've flown when my kids were little also. This is what I did (and it worked for me). Right before the flight takes off give the baby some benadryl. It will help so there ears don't pop and cause them any ear pain, and if you get lucky they'll sleep through most of the flight. I did it for the 1st time when my kids were 23months and 2yrs 11months. It worked really well for us!! I hope this will help!!

Heather - posted on 04/08/2010

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We are going on a 5 hour flight in May...Im kind of nervous, but the flight is at night (10:30) so Im hoping she'll sleep most of the time! I've been told by a flight attendant to put 2 cups over their ears when taking off it helps w/ the ear popping (ask the attendant for some cups when you get on) Good luck travelers!!

Ana - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son and I have been flying since he was 5 days old. So first thing you need to consider is at what time is your flight. We would either pick a very early flight (6 am when possible) or a really late one. I would avoid the afternoon flights as much as I could. In the early and late flights I would give Matt his bottle and he would crash. Now, if your kid likes the dvd player it is an ok option, but remember they ask to turn it off 20 to 30 min. before they land and in my case, turning Wubbzy off was a bad tantrum experience, so I really avoid it. Toys are a good option, just make sure they are a decent size so if it falls on the floor you would be able to see them and REALLY avoid toys that may hurt if they are thrown. (He threw a toy car once to my hubby's boss and hit him square in the head, he laughed and said he had grandkids and understood but I was soo ashamed!).
Pop up books can help, but mostly is how creative and how active is your child, if he or she is very easy going then do not worry so much, kids pick up on our nerves. And if everything else fails and your kid cry the entire flight, do not worry, we have all been there at least once and you will find out that a lot of people in the plane are sympathetic and those who are not, they just turn up the volume in their IPods.

Helen - posted on 03/17/2010

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Before making a journey of any length, I often visit the Pound Shop or similar and buy a bunch of cheap and cheerful stuff which I hide in my travel bag. Second hand books from charity shops are good too, basically anything my little boy hasn't seen before. Sometimes i use all of it, sometimes just bits of it but it's handy to have something in reserve. On car journies, you can reward good behaviour, ie, not asking if we're nearly there yet every ten seconds with something from Mummy's Magic Bag. We long for the day when he's old enough for a DS and theonly noise will be the sound of him grunting in response to questions!

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Becky - posted on 04/20/2010

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BE prepared make sure you pack a bag with snacks small toys to play with and a portable DVD players and a couple of movies it really helps.Dont forget a blankie and special stuffed toy if they have one

Julie - posted on 04/10/2010

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i took my 18 month old son on the same length flight last year to Portugal. I was soooo worried that i worked myself up for weeks beforehand BUT the flight went surprisingly well. the thing that entertained him the most was looking and reading through the in flight magazine and a little sticker book i took along for the flight, which he stuck all over back of the head rests (they came off easily afterwards). Other people opposite him kept him entertained by talking to him too.

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I took my daughter on two trips this past year--at 18 months and more recently at 2. She loved having gum (and swollowing a half a stick won't kill 'em!) and never cried about ears popping. other big kid stuff like mints or skittles work well too. I am not big on giving these on a regualr basis but plane rides are special and it really takes their minds off the ear popping when they have something new. We also bring books, coloring books and washable markers or crayons, iPod or DVD player for videos (she didn't even care about not hearing the stuff) and lastly, lots of walks in the aisle. we worked on potty training during 3 legs of air travel to Kauai and she also loved sitting on the airplane potty plus had zero accidents! The other thing is snacks--we brought her Nubi cup and asked the attendants to add water and juice which they were great about. and all the usual goldfish, fruity snacks, etc. Good luck!!!

Gretchen - posted on 04/08/2010

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we fly 5 hours about every 6 months. Some great strategies include: low/no sugar snacks/drinks, favorite books toys, and some "presents". New toys wrapped in wrapping paper hidden away in your carry on. Save them till you need them, even if it's in the last 15 min of the flight before landing. A new toy can be just the thing to entertain them when they were about to get cranky.

Claire - posted on 04/08/2010

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hi, i have flew with my daughter every year since she was born she is now 4, i found taking some juice for her on taking off and landing really helped. and as for keeping her entertained i bought a few small things before i flew like small books play dough and a colouring book and a few snacks wrapped them up and let her open one every half hour or so and she loves it changing the item every half hour stops her getting bored on a 4 hour flight hope this helped.

Kelly - posted on 04/08/2010

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keep her awake as much as possible or play with her and let her run around before you get on the plane that way she will sleep most of the time :) always worked for me. i used to take my daughter back and forth from CA to PA 3 times a year and thats a 6 hour flight

Melanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I flew w/my son at 19 months w/him sitting in my lap. We took a small bag of hand held size toys, i.e. hot wheels cars, small stuffed animals. Really the hot wheels were the best. I also bought a couple of new small toys that I waited to "unveil" on the airplane. That kept him entertained a lot. I also took Smarties candies as a last resort. They are not sticky like lollipops or M&M's can be. Take plenty of other healthy snacks too. We missed our connecting flight on this trip and I had to entertain him for 5 hours at the airport while waiting for another connection. Glad that I had enough snacks & toys. Plus, I let him run around a lot, supervised of course, so that he would be plenty tired for that 2nd flight. He slept most of that one. Good luck!!!

Yashira - posted on 04/08/2010

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Well I dont know if you have taken the flight yet but i have a 14mth old and take many flights!! What i do is buy him a new toy so he can be entertained and also a book he loves books... Also when departing and landing give her something to suck on you dont want to be like the other moms who forget that their kids dont know how to pop their ears and get mad cause their kids are crying... make sure you give her a bottle or a paci if she uses it... My son falls asleep on most flights so maybe yours does too... make sure you travel light because if you are by yourself its gonna be real hard to handle your lil one and a bunch of bags lol... Stay patient and make sure to be prepared to sit behind someone who does not like a lil kid kicking the back of a seat or messing with it (some people can be so rude!! especially elderly people) Good luck!! Oh and make sure what you dress yourself and baby in is very comfy! So that she doesnt get fussy.

Cindy - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi, we came back from New Zealand last week - 20 hour flight - with a 22 month old boy!! The flight attendants were very nice and once we were in the air they moved people around so that my little boy could have his own seat. I also asked the doctor to prescribe him something just to stay calm and it worked wonders... Sometimes we tend to underestimate our children... They are capable of overcoming and handling more than you think...

Good luck :-)

Cindy

Kathy - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have been flying with my daughter alone since she was six weeks old since my husband works out of state. She will be five in a few days and is just now staying awake through the whole flight. When she was younger I would make sure she was tired on the plane. I would feed her just before getting on the plane and change a diaper. Also, lots of walking and save just a little juice or water for take off and landing to help with the pressure in the ears. When she was awake we played games like peek a boo and singing songs since it is difficult to maneuver in such a tight spot with a child on your lap.

RoxAnne - posted on 04/07/2010

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I'll be honest. We took our 21 month old on a Chicago to San Diego flight and back and we wouldn't have survived it if we hadn't bought him a seat. I know it's expensive, but there's just no way we could have done it. By the time we got off of the flight we were exhausted from keeping him from kicking and keeping him entertained. He slept a little bit in his carseat, but it was all so new he didn' t relax much.

Of course, each baby is different and my son is not a cuddler; and he is 100% energy all of the time. But, unless you can plan the flight around the baby's nap time and your baby is the type to sleep in your lap I'd seriously reconsider not buying a seat.

Hayley - posted on 04/07/2010

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I would suggest to bring her fave toys and or snacks...I took my daughter on a 5 hour flight when she was 20 months as a lap child..its very difficult but everything will be fine...Hopefully your child will nap on the plane

Hayley - posted on 04/07/2010

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I would suggest to bring her fave toys and or snacks...I took my daughter on a 5 hour flight when she was 20 months as a lap child..its very difficult but everything will be fine...Hopefully your child will nap on the plane

Domenique - posted on 04/07/2010

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My doctor recommended that I give him baby tylenol before we get on the plane . It helps with the altitude changes and sore ears.

Belinda - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have flown numerous times around the world with my son since he was 4 months old. Sharing a seat stinks (especially in coach!!!), but it shouldn't be too bad if your child is laid back and the flight is short. Try to get a bulk-head window seat (seatguru.com) if you can and bring NEW toys!!! I always do a shop before the trip to get some new things to keep him happy. You can't take play-doh on some flights, but crayons, books, special snacks and a portable DVD player are priceless! Also, if your child will wear them, EarPlanes ear plugs for kids are great for pressure problems on take off and landing; otherwise, make your little one drink...it helps. If your child freaks out on the plane, ignore the angry stares of your fellow passengers and keep your sense of humor. NOTE: if you are bringing your car seat on the trip, try to gate check it, not check it with your regular luggage. The airline lost mine on our last trip and we were stuck at the airport with car service and no car seat. A change of clothes for both of you should be in your carry-on luggage as well...Have a great trip!!

Stephanie - posted on 04/07/2010

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It is not the easiest thing. I took my oldest when she was a little over a yr. but over all she did really good you can give them a sucker so it will help them when the plan takes off with ear popping thing. take some books or something to keep entertained. make it fun. we always sit at the window so the girls can look out. they really like it that way. talk to people if they seem nice an appropriate for your child. make sure that when you are in the air port its self you have them right next to you an dont let others just randomly tough them. over all it should go well. some children are fussy on plans just make sure you keep them in line. :) wish you the best

Sally - posted on 04/07/2010

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I just did a round trip of a 4 hour then 14 hour flight with a 23 month old and a 4 year old on my own so I consider myself an expert now, plus I am ex cabin crew! Firstly make sure you have medicine in case of a fever or bad ear pain I bought mine airside in case they took it off me at security, one with a pipet is best. Secondly take a sippy cup for them to have on take off and landing to help with the ears issue.I took a blow up neck support that was a life saver, I used it myself and to pad my childs head from hitting the arm rest when she fell asleep. I took some snacks I knew my kids would eat. A change of clothes because the pressure can cause a few explosions down their on occasion! I took one of those scribble board things that you don't use a real pen with so I didn't get scribbled on myself, some new books to read to them, a portable dvd player that runs on a battery with earphones is the best thing to take. My little one also uses a pacifier at night and has a blankey and so I took those and she snuggled down with them for her naps.I would advise against small toys or ones with bits that come off etc they get dropped on the floor and you spend ages trying to reach down and find them in the small confined space.Happy flying..its over before you know it!

Kylie - posted on 04/07/2010

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if you baby uses a dummy get her to suck on it when taking off and landing it helps to stop blocked sore ears if not lolly pops or a bottle do the same thing just get your we one sucking. have lots of snacks and some toys that dont take up much room. good luck :-)

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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Well, I'm not gonna lie...that's a hard age to travel with if you've got a super active kid. I know it goes against all good-mom rules, but take lots of those little dumdum suckers. And go to the dollar store and get some new cheap toys that can be trashed and don't take up too much room. And maybe warn the people you sit around that your kid is going to be fiesty so that they know that you know and you have fully disclosed the comotion that will be ensuing in your seat. And, sit on the outside isle (if you have that option) b/c if the plane isn't full, chances are that someone is not going to want to sit by the window, being trapped in by a 21month old. Ummmm, and good luck.

Kristy - posted on 04/07/2010

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I took my daughter of the same age on a 5 hour flight with no issues. We packed her a backpack that she had never seen and filled it with new little toys, paper and crayons for her to check out. Also good snacks. For ears and altitude it can be a bit tricky so we wanted her to either drink (from a straw) or chew. Since we don't allow gum of lollipops yet we had her eat goldfish. Eating or drinking from a straw with make them swallow and hopefully help their little ears.



I was so nervous that we would have that screaming kid that no one wants to sit next to but she was great. On a side note I've heard a lot of people say benedryl or tylenol may help them get some rest on the plane.

Ana Luisa - posted on 04/07/2010

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I did that with my daughter when she was just 12 months...Lucky me, since the plane was kind of empty they aloud me to move to 2 empty seats and be more confortable. I took her favorite book, coloring book, crayons, her snacks and her favorite blancket with me....and she enjoy herself...Also when it was possible i show her the window so she can see the clouds...It was an exciting experience for her. Don't worry everything is going to be great for you too.

Nicolette - posted on 04/07/2010

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I took my daughter on a 2 hr plane ride (sharing my seat) when she was 20 months old. I was concerned that it might be a bad experience but it really wasn't. She's kinda hyper sometimes so she kept moving and talking to the people next to me (we were in the middle seat) but it really wasn't bad. On the ride home she slept the whole time. But I had packed a few noiseless toys, juices, and plenty of snacks to occupy her if she got restless. I think the hardest part of the experience was the security check because I had to take off her coat & shoes, and let them go through my carry on bag and test the juices. It was a struggle trying to carry her and two pairs of shoes and get my open bottles of juice closed and back in my bag without holding up the line. But the rest was smooth sailing. Hopefully your trip won't be as bad as you think.

Jean - posted on 04/07/2010

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Stickers! Bring a kids magazine and some cheap cards of stickers, and spend the time sticking stickers on the magazine! A friend of mine suggested this after a transatlantic flight, it kept her little boy happy for hours, and I know my 2 1/2 year old LOVES stickers too. It's cheap, quiet and easy to carry. Don't forget to pack plenty of snacks and juice too, especially for lunch time if/when they serve food, usually the meals aren't kid friendly.

Roberta - posted on 04/07/2010

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We flew from Florida to Okinawa when our DD was 23 months. Entertainment during the flight is a must. Also, there are "earplanes" that helped out a lot with the popping of the ears. Just to see if they were helping, I tried her w/o them. There was truly a difference. We got ours from CVS.

Brittany - posted on 04/06/2010

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I went on a flight from Dayton Ohio to Colorado Springs, Colorado with a 2 hr layover with my 1 and a half yr old and what I did was took a laptop and a elmo dvd [her fav at the time] and used it during the layover. For the plane ride I packed snacks and the ever wonderful DumDum suckers for any moments I felt a melt down coming on. I brought some books and a couple small toys. She loved the ride and loved being on a plane! Just don't get too upset about what others on the flight think.

Christine - posted on 04/06/2010

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I have flown with both my toddlers and I would suggest feeding your little one a bottle when you land because of the air pressure on the ears and bring snacks, books, whatever kind of blanket or stuffed animal your baby is attatched to.

Nicole - posted on 04/06/2010

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I have flown with little ones several times. i packed a backpack dedicated to them. In it I put stuff they had never seen before.

snacks- try things they havent eaten, and maybe some "special treats" dole out M&Ms very slowly, one at a time if things get really difficult (I didnt have to do this, but went prepared) little fruit snacks went over well.

be sure to pack a sippy cup if you want them to have juice, etc on the plane.

toys included flash cards with pictures on them- these surprisingly were a favorite

books

a small pillow and blanket

a doll

stickers

paper and crayons (check out "crayon roll up" patterns if you sew, or look for them on www.etsy.com) to help keep yuor crayons from rolling away.

bring extra zip lock bags

An Iphone if you have it, or a laptop- we used you tube and disney.com to play various songs and shows for her.

see if you can get your child to use headphones at home so they are familiar with the concept on the plane- music or videos

books

I found small containers of play doh at target



The flight was 3 hours and it went okay. Simply engaging them in conversation about all they can see and where they are going and how the plane works, etc will help too.

Plane rides used to mean a time to relax, nap and read for me- entertaining children has changed that- you will be more tired at the end of your flight, plan for a nap within a few hours after you land if possible.



Good luck and have fun!

Becky - posted on 04/06/2010

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Bring new toys they have never seen before. Small playdough and crayons with smallcoloring book will work until you are in the air and able to turn on the new movie you just bought for the portable dvd player you must have with you(bring earphones). If all else fails, don't forget the benedrill. Make sure you have a sippy cup (fill it after you get through security)so they can suck. The sucking will stop the ear pressure. Always have the blankie, teddie, etc to help take a nap. Be sure to not give a nap BEFORe the trip. Have fun you'll be fine.

Karen - posted on 04/06/2010

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We took our son to Cuba when he was 16 months - a ten hour flight - and I was so nervous!! He was great though, loved every minute. I gave him a small bottle of formula on take off and landing - just took a couple of little cartons and that seemed to help lots with the ears thing as well as generally taking his mind off things. We took lots of favourite snacks and fruit. For toys I bought a couple of new things so that we had lots of novelty factor, favourite teddy, books and small toys plus pens and paper. We also went for regular walks up and down the aisles. All the cabin crew were great. We were also really lucky to get a fab women at check in who looked at numbers and then booked us the aisle and window seat - leaving the middle one free for Alfie. He had to sit with me for take off and landing but then got a seat and floor space for himself. Worth checking if they have seats free when you check in :) Good luck for your journey, I bet you'll be fine, and have a great holiday!

Jennifer - posted on 04/06/2010

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My daughter has been on several flights (and is nearly three years old now). I couldn't have done it without coloring, singing, and the portable DVD player (a lifesaver!). Back when my daughter napped, I would try to schedule flights accordingly; however, we're flying next week and she hasn't napped much since nearly four months ago. I know that my daughter is on the tall side, and at that time (about the age of your child), she was already too big to fit well on my lap...the tray could not go down all the way, so bring a sippy cup for her (and an adult version for yourself!). If your daughter is on the taller (and antsy) side, walk with her as much as possible on layover (if you have one) and make plenty of trips to the bathroom to people watch and "explore" the lavaratory.

Shantelle - posted on 04/06/2010

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Ive taken both my kids on numerous flights since my first was only 4 months old, one thing to make sure of is during take off and landing give him/her a bottle or sippy cup or even a soother if they take one baecause if they are swallowing during that time it will prevent their ears from popping due to pressure changes, if their ears pop they will be very cranky, especially babies. Also my advice is to be prepared for anything! bring snacks, toys, baby tylenol, baby oval, a blanket etc

Wendy - posted on 04/06/2010

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oh yes.. and i'm sure some of you dont like the little baby leash harness things, but if you have a child that is walking get one of those, its a safe way to let your child walk through the airport without fear of losing him or her or someone snatching them! this was great when my child was this age and we flew alot from WA to AL and you will get dirty looks for some, but again, its worth it to not lose your child or have him get stollen... my son love the monkey harness he would even wear it around the house, and grocery store... and it enabled him to walk.. and get some exercise without me having to chase him! good luck to all you moms and dads flying...

Wendy - posted on 04/06/2010

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you can take outside food... they dont have a problem with hit.. only thing is the drinks have to be sealed... like if you buy a coke or water.. dont open it till you are on the plane, if you do they will make you throw it away, but as long as the seal is intact you are good!

Kate - posted on 04/06/2010

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I took my son from Ohio to Arizona when he was 16 months old. I just made sure that I had a lot of his favorite toys in my carry on. As well as snacks and juice for him. I put him up to the window and he enjoyed looking out. A lot of times, if the flight is able, they'll make arrangements for you so that you're not in the middle of a lot of people. You'll most likely either be in the front of the plane or in the back.

Marcye - posted on 04/06/2010

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I just took a round trip flight with my 15 month old and he did fabulous. The flight home was not as full so we were able to take the car seat on and I had my husband there as well, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well he did. Snacks, Snacks and more Snacks is all I can say.....

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Hi there! I am a mother of 2 girls, 4 and 2. We don't fly that often but when we do, we ALWAYS bring our portable DVD player with us with a bunch of movies. It is a life saver! We always bring it with us to restaurants too. Nothing like a quiet dinner when the DVD player is with us! One time our flight was delayed for 3 hours... there were a lot of kids on our flight, I plugged in the DVD player into the waiting area and all of the kids were happily sitting around watching NEMO! I will ALWAYS travel with it.

Nicole - posted on 04/06/2010

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Okay, I flew for 15 hours in total with my son when he was 15 months and again when he was 2 1/2. First of all show up very early in the airport so you can see if there is any free seats on the plane. Very often the flight attendant will feel bad for you and switch you seat so you can sit next to any available seat. this way your baby can sit next to you or lay longwise on you when he/she falls asleep. I also put my son to sleep a bit later the night before and woke him up early the day of the flight so he would be more likely to sleep. Here's what worked for me whenever he was getting bored. I bought a few small presents nothing too expensive (a small car, puzzle, activity book) but I wrapped them.When he started getting bored then I gave him one of the presents. He loved opening them and then he kept himself busy with the present for at least an hour. I brought movies with me so he could watch his favorite movies. Lots of snacks and drinks. Books. The truth is my flight never felt so short as when I traveled with my son. I was busy the whole time except when he slept. For his ears I got a prescription from he pediatrician for numbing ear drops. the effect is very short but it's perfect for take off and landing.

Annie - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hey sister, my 22 month old and I have been on over 20 flights since she was born. So here's my essential list.... Baby Bjorn, toys, lightweight books, mini-DVD payer and some educational/not annoying DVDs, headphones if the kid will wear them, pacifier, baby tylenol (last resort) or chamomile tea, spill-proof cup, and of course your usual diaper bag, as well as a neck pillow and a blanket. My most important helper on planes is breast-feeding, it can be done very discretely and people don't seem bothered by it. It's definitely a good thing if you let the little one get up out of their seat and walk around and exercise. Sitting still is hard. If you're worried about illness, you can mix a vitamin C tablet in some water and drink that with your babe right before you get on the plane, they're supposed to guard you against germs for up to 4 hours. Also don't give him/her any sugar that will hype up their energy, you want this kid as calm and relaxed as possible. Good luck, and have fun going on your "air-puh-lane" ride.

Peace

Araylla - posted on 04/05/2010

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With my son We brought a portable dvd player and let him watch a new movie we picked out for him it has come in handy many times as when we travel we take it to resteraunts and stuff that are going to be hard to keep a child quiet, then we took his favorite books and bough him a little backpack with wheels that he got to carry, it turned out to be quite a neat expirience for us all.

Charlie - posted on 04/05/2010

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I took my son on a 11 hour journey, and it went really well he was only 17 months at the time and he loved it. Book the seat right near exit so you have lots of leg room and they can toddle around then and not get in the way of the crew, bring a few select toys and plenty of snacks and water and you should be fine. And remember don't worry about what other people think if your little one starts to cry its there problem not yoursx

Kelly - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hi i took my son on a 4 hour flight last year, i took sticker books which he loved and i took tubs of raisons and grapes - lots - these seemed to do the trick - on the way there he was very excitable and constantly wanting out attn, on the way back he fell asleep during take off lol! my son loves the plane - take lots of food with outh e numbers and new things for him to play with, i bought night garden sticker books and thomas ones from asda for a £1 each - he stuck them everywhere but i didnt mind as they are easily removed xx

Aimee - posted on 04/04/2010

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I just came back from a plane trip with my 4, 2 1/2, and 5 month old. I have flown quite a few times with the eldr 2--both boys--and through trial and error learned a few things. First read up on the recent TSA laws an do EVERYTHING you can to make the preplane experience easy. We wear slip on shoes, pants that don't need a belt and carry all items that need to be declared and cleared in one bag (multiple zip quart bags). We also ship via UPS wht we will need for the trip about a week before our arrival dates to avoid the whole baggage claim. I bring empty sippy cups and then let them pick a beverage (after security) for a treat one we take off. We bring crayons, books, one or two small toys that don't make noises and take the batteries out. I always have a special treat for the plane ( a new matchbox car or something).

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2010

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I've taken my now 3 year old on several flights to CA from GA (4.5-6 hrs.). When he was around that age I read somewhere to buy some things from the dollar store/ section and wrap them up for him. Even those bath scrubbers, pocket mirrors are fun for a good while! I only needed to let him unwrap 3-4 things and I think I bought almost 10. We also walked up and down the aisles a few times so he could greet everyone! DVD's are great too-but be creative and definitely have a drink/ bottle/ sippy ready for landings-take-offs are less pressure on ears, but landings create more:)

Andrea - posted on 04/04/2010

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Hi there. I have taken my 17 month old son on a plane 2 times already, in his short little life :)

The trick at this age is to have a variety of toys that they like. Only take them out when he/she gets tired of one. Also it's best to try and book a trip when it's their nap/sleep time. This helps as it's part of their routine. Also make sure that they are sucking on something when the plane is taking off as well as landing for their little ears. I put cotton in his ears and held his ears with my hands.

I did the same thing when he was 4 months old and I have not had any problems

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THAT ARE TRAVELING

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Just make sure you have enough milk (if you don't breast feed) and snacks! : ) That's so important. And some extra treats that she doesn't get everyday. Some really good things to have are a portable magna-doodle, crayons or pens and paper to draw or a coloring book, and a portable dvd player, which you will have to keep the volume down really low bc in my experience, the little ones will not wear the head phones.

I have 2 kids, 2 and 3 years old, and we fly coast to coast about 4 times per year. The trips are very long with long lay overs, 12-16 hours total. 3.5 hours won't be so bad! Best of luck! : )

Leah - posted on 04/03/2010

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We took our son on a 4 hour flight when he was 11 months old, we asked for the seats that are at the front with the toilet wall in front so we had room on the floor in front of us he was quite happy to sit there and play with toys. We also took some new toys that he hadnt seen before. He is now 2 and a half and we are taking him again soon it will be the first time he has his own seat we are going to borrow a portable dvd player so he can watch his favorite dvd if he gets bored.

Ashley - posted on 04/03/2010

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You probably already flew, but I will post for other moms - we took my son to Russia twice - once at 18 months, once at 34. Actually my husband took him by himself at 34, after recently potty trainnig! This was a 15 hour flight with layovers added on to that.

First, take a lovey - a teddy bear, a blanket, etc.

Second: if they still bottle or breast feed, feed them during take off and landing to help with the ears - or get those "kidplanes" they are ear plugs that help with decompression. My son wouldn't wear them, but they helped my husband's ears when he had an ear infection. If they are not bottle or breast feeding, use a sippy cup or lollypop to help with the ears.



Third - portable DVD player. Nothing like watching your favorite show while you are uncomfortable to distract you from being uncomfortable.

We didn't take his safety seat. I know, it sounds terrible. It probably is. The cars we had available there had no back seat seat belts, and we needed to take as little luggage, etc as possible. We took a stroller umbrella (one of the nicer ones) to the gate and checked it there. There is an aparatus you can get that is airline ceritified to use instead of a car seat. http://www.kidsflysafe.com/ We got it, it worked ok, but our son howeled when we strapped him down, so we took it off after take off and landing. Small distractions in the diaper bag help a TON - like Alison said. My son happened to love Q-tips our first trip - I took a bunch in our bag and he played with them. Whatever gets you through. You can take as much food and liquid as you will need for the baby for the flight - but it needs to be in seperate ziploc bags, and at security you have to take it out and put it in it's own tray. (can't be with toiletries, but can be in a bigger bag if needed.) This isn't to say that if you are on a 3 hour flight you can take 4 days worth of baby food... But you get the idea.

Good luck.

ANA - posted on 04/03/2010

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The fist time I took a plane with my 23 months boy was an 18 hours trip!!! with two scales and one of them in Miami (that airport is a disaster), I was really concern about how the trip was gonna be and if we'd survived, I'm writing now, so WE SURVIVED! having to many things or toys may make him exciting, I would recommend you to pack a couple of books and two other favorites. Ask the attendants if they can give you two seats, they'll be in the best disposition because is not a pleasure for anyone to travel next to a baby (sounds cruel but it's true!). Explain him you're going to take a trip in advance, talk to him about the plain, the pilot, the attendants, and the whole adventure, that way once he start the trip hell have expectation for that. Make him walk in the plain, if the is fussy, Im sure everyone will help you, he will be happy but for sure you will be death tired!!! good luck!

Jess - posted on 04/03/2010

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I've flown a few times with my 3 year old and when she used to sit on my knee I always found if you take a special bag with things they have chosen to take e.g. books, colouring maybe some chocolate as a little treat then it keeps them occupied. my little one once played with the peel off an orange the whole flight, so it can be simple things that keep them happy. hope that helps :)

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