Airplane Trips

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Hubby and I are taking our 2 1/2 yr old, and 5 months old boys to a friends wedding. We have 3 hour drive to the airport (no biggy we did a 3 hour drive when the oldest was 9 months), then a 1 hour fight, and a change over to a 6 hour filght. Yeah everyone on board is going to hate us. I've already talked to hubby about getting a DVD player, and I'm planing lots of toys and snacks. But done anyone have any tips. I really don't know what to expect, and hubby is one of those people that doesn't fly well so. What can I expect of the kids adn what ca I do to help them. I'm hoping the baby will sleep most of the time, but I know I can't depend on that, and I don't know what I can do to entertain both of them at the same time.

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Lindsey - posted on 05/12/2010

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I flew with my 2 month old( a 2 1/2 hour flight) make sure you have yea food, bottle whatever they are eating... i did this bymyself too... on the flight back home he slept the whole way and people commented saying they didn't even know there was a baby on board because he was so quiet. at least you'll have your husband to help you with one of them. just don;t stress about it... the dvd player will probably go very well with the 2 1/2 year old also!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/29/2010

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Flew last Feb with our 3 1/2 yr old and 4 1/2 m old boys and it was not too bad an experiance. I don't fly well eithier so I empathize with your husband. :-) But it went well enough that I am considering flying with just me and the boys in Oct. (they'ss be 4yrs & 1yr then). We went ahead and bought seats for both boys and had them in thier carseats. They way we looked at it was they do well on long car seats comfortable in thier car seats so why not on the plane. We took a DVD player but saved it for last resort and didn't have to use it (3hr flight). We brought plenty of books, his leappad, little toys for the older one and rattles and music playing toys for the baby. I had a package of hotwheels that I suprise dhim with. I told him to look at them during take off and that he could open them once the plane was in the air. I also had several saved kids meal toys that were great because they served thier short attention span. We had gummis for him to chew on take off and landing and took empty straw cups which we put the airplane drinks/water in. He enjoyed the airplane snack but we took others just incase. For the baby I fed him on take off and landing. Going our flight was delayed so it was a struggle delaying his feeding until take off but it worked. When we returned the only problem was right at the end they dropped altitude due to turbalance and he was asleep and it bothered him, once I got him to suck on the bottle he was fine. He has never taken to pacis but if your little one does that should help. I just did my best to have everything I could possibly need and keep in mind taht they are just babies, it is what it is.

Jomarie - posted on 05/27/2010

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Bring a favorite stuffed animal or toys they like. I would also suggest a dvd player or rent one from the airlines. At least you have your husband to help you! I traveled from Alaska to Idaho with my 2 year old and I found that people are aways willing to help.

Shiena - posted on 05/25/2010

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I and my husband had an hour flight on our way and on our way back, with our 10 month old girl. It was a day trip. She was a toddler, then. She was fine. She was breast fed or sleeping on the aeroplane. Good luck!

Ginny - posted on 05/13/2010

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My son has his own backpack he puts what he wants in it books ,toys etc. and we also have a dvd player for him and we play games colors, shapes,

Ashley - posted on 05/12/2010

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It sounds like you have it well planned - make sure to have the sippy cup or binky (if your child still has it) and bottles (or breast) for the little one - it helps with the ears. We always take suckers for our toddler. If you make it fun, even the bumps and stuff you will be fine. I am a nervous flier, but flwe 15 hours each way to Russia with my son, and with the turbulence and everything, all I could think was that I didn't want him to be scared, so I acted like it was a fun ride. We had our movies, our books, our special blanket and teddy bear.
Google "kidplanes" if you have a child with ear pain a lot (ear infections etc).

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