Flying alone with 24 months
Annie - posted on 01/10/2015
Hi, Mahi-- I would play it by ear. On that long of a flight, it's a nice excuse to get up and walk your toddler around a bit (if even to the bathroom). A couple of thoughts--you don't have to change the diaper right away if it's just wet (buy the best diapers you can afford for the flight). The reasoning: you wouldn't wake them to change his/her diaper if they wet in the middle of the night, so you don't have to "jump" on it right away on a flight (unless it's making them cranky). The diapers today are so good waiting a bit won't hurt. As far as changing in your seat, see who you are sitting next to . . .and maybe ask. "My child has a wet diaper . . . do you mind if I do a quick change here?" Another mom would probably completely understand--maybe even help you & hand you wipes. Others might not be so open, especially if they've never had kids. You might want to consider pull-ups if you don't have them--they might be easier to get on in the small bathroom (and your child might think it's fun to have "big boy/girl" pants.). Make sure they are the absorbent pull-ups though, not the lightweight trainers. Another thought--if you can get a bulkhead seat (the ones in the front that separate coach class from first class)-- you often have a bit of room in front of you where the toddler can get down and play (or more room for you to do a quick change). Those seats aren't always available, though. I thought of one other "tip" for toys. If you have a girl, get them some matchbox cars (things they normally don't get to play with). Usually that keeps them happy for awhile. :)
Mahi - posted on 01/09/2015
thax mom for kind encouraging words, my flight is 16 hours long and in between 1and half hours stay .and after that, 7 hours car ride.he has his own seat.is it necessary that i should change pee diaper in toilet or i can change on my seat.
Annie - posted on 01/09/2015
Don't be scared . . . you can do this! How long is the flight? Does the baby have his/her own seat on the plane? If they have their own seat, bring your carseat on board--the baby is used to sitting in it & not getting out, so that helps. The hardest thing about this age is they are mobile (and like to move around). If it's a longer flight, definitely have them wear clothes for easy diaper changes (assume not toilet trained yet). Blankets for cuddling. If not too hard on you, I'd go for "cute" too--like it or not, people respond more favorably to adorable children (yeah, we're a shallow lot, aren't we?). Bring lots of little toys/snacks & bring them out one at a time (heck, go for a electronic device if you can get your hands on one--music/movies--maybe bring headphones (a splitter for you if you want to watch also) so it doesn't bother the people around you. This is not the time to worry about too much screen time, IMO :). Take off/landings can be hard on little ears. Our pediatrician told us to use nasal drops (check with yours first, of course) to keep the ear tubes open and prevent pressure. Nursing or bottle feeding helps too, if that still applies. After the captain clears it, you might be able to get up and walk your toddler down the aisle too, as long as you're not interfering with beverage service. To make it easier on everyone, try your very hardest to not let him/her kick the back of the seat in front of you or disturb others. Don't expect perfection, but passengers will notice if you're trying and give you a break. If you allow disruptive behavior, you might get some irritated looks. If you haven't booked your flight and can schedule it over naptime or at night, that's a plus also.
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