First plane ride!!!

Mahrya - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is 23 months old and for the first time i am taking him on a plane. Any addvice to make it a good exsperience.

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we flew about 6 months ago with my son whos 2. although he wasnt required to have his own seat we bought one anyway and took his carseat with us, since thats a seat he's familiar with. we gave him a sippy cup for take off and landing. we also left early in the morning so he'd still be tired and fall asleep. the humming of the engines actually helped him fall asleep. we also packed his own carry on (which if he sits on your lap you limited to just your bag,with small, not too noisy toys, and plenty of snacks and books. as long as you dont make it a big deal and let him ask questions and show him different things about the planes, you'll be fine.

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Annette - posted on 08/13/2009

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Something I have done with my kids and my mom did it for me and my siblings. Pack a small backpack (his size) of "new" toys. You don't have to go buy new toys, simply take few from his toy box and hide them a few weeks in advance, that way they will be like new. We also packed snacks, coloring books, and drinks. By having his own backpack full of fun stuff he will be entertained exploring all the "new" things he finds inside. To make it even more fun, you could wrap some of the toys in wrapping paper for the added suspense. However check with TSA before hand about wrapping paper and how much you can take as far as drinks go. Good luck. And like everyone else the ears really can make or break a flight for a kid. Giving him a sucker (or something that he can chew or suck on) at take off and landing will help with that.

Heidi - posted on 08/13/2009

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We talked to my daughters ENT doctor (she had tubes that had just fallen out) before our flight. I asked about ear popping issues . He said a lot of flight attendants use AFRIN about a half hour before take off. He recommended that for our daughter. I tried it and it worked for her and for me. I only gave her one small spray into each nostril and she had no problems.
I know your child is still under two and can therefore ride on your lap, but if you can afford it I would highly recommend getting him his own seat. This way he has a space of his own. We did and I was very glad.
As far as entertainment goes a personal DVD player or a computer that will play a movie was very handy. We also took her travel magna doodle, some books, her blanket and a stuffed animal for comfort.
I don't know how long your trip is, but I will tell you our flight to our destination was much better than our flight home. By the time we flew home her schedule was off and she was so tired that she cried for quite a while.
Before I booked our flight I asked a friend who had recently flown for any advice. Her advice was to get a seat towards the back of the plane. I followed her advice and discovered there were other families back there. Therefore they were more understanding when we had a rough trip home.
Good luck with your first flight!

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I think he might still be young enough that you aren't required to buy him his own seat, but I recommend it. I've flow with my son several times without buying the seat and I think he would have done better if I had the last time we flew. My son did not like the window either so don't push that unless he's really interested. He understood that he was off the ground and didn't like seeing the ground way down there!

Bonnie - posted on 08/08/2009

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lots of snack, books, portable dvd...anything that will keep him, entertained, happy & quiet! i've travelled w/ my daughter, now, two and a half, and each experience has been different, but i noticed, the older she got the better behaved she's been. you'll be fine! safe travels!

Ashley - posted on 08/08/2009

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My daughter also has never had any problems with ears or anything. It's just always been a "woah mommy" and she's distracted by the others around her, and looking out the window that she doesn't realize her ears are popping.

Ashley - posted on 08/08/2009

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Window seat, snacks and drinks of your own, coloring books/crayons. (For the tray on backs of seat.) His own blanket, or comfort toy. Let him explore (safely) and it won't be as much of a scare. If you're scared, he'll sense it.. just relax. Encourage and tell him how you're going to fly with the birds, or even tell him you're racing the clouds -- make it an adventure for him and encourage his imagination as well. Best of luck!

Karen - posted on 08/08/2009

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Bring snacks! Upon take off and landing if he's eating it will help prevent his ears from popping. Bring a couple small toys that aren't too loud or books to read. Depending on the time of your flight you could maybe get him to take a nap.

Heather - posted on 08/07/2009

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How long is your flight? If it is a short flight I would bring a few cars, doodle board, and snacks. If it is a longer flight I would do a dvd player. My daughter did a 9 hour flight then another hour flight at 22 months. She did good with all that. For back up I would pack a sucker...it normally will help a melt down. Also with my daughter I dont let her run around in airport it winds her up and makes it harder. I let her wander some but not enough to get stir crazy.

User - posted on 08/07/2009

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I've taken my son on several plane trips to visit grandparents. the older he gets, the more difficult it is to keep him entertained, but he always loves to flip the pages of the free magazines in the seat pocket. he likes to look out the window during takeoff, but the descent is usually rough for about 10 minutes. I keep a lot of raisins on hand for him to chew on and distract him from the pressure change, but there is usually a few minutes of crying before we land. By the time we touch down, he's happy again.

Erin - posted on 08/07/2009

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I flew with my 18 month old a few months ago. Try getting a bulkhead seat, there's a lot more room.

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Usually in kids, the ears are the most prominant issue with plane trips. You need to find a way to keep his mout moving while he is awake. If he will chew gum and only if you are comfortable with it, give him a piece of sugar-free gum every hour. If you are not comfortable with gum (at 23 months it's risky for the hair and surrounding upholstry), try some ther chewy foods and snacks. The other issue is boredom. Bring along items that don't look like baby toys but are safe. Children lose interest in baby toys faster than say a non-working cell phone, or other items of the sort. Once he falls asleep (and he is sure to) he should be okay. Ascent and descent are the worst times for the ears. Even a slow flowing sippy cup of a favorite beverage would work for the ears when taking off and landing. Good luck and Bon Voyage!

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