nervous about my daughter flying........

Shannon - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my 7 year old daughter is going to disney world and i'm a bit nervous about her flying. They say planes are safer than cars, but i'm also worried about "jet leg" and such things like that. I'm not going along, she will be with my mother and other family. Maybe a tip or two from someone who has flown with children or anything that will ease my mind i would appreciate:)

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Amy - posted on 03/30/2010

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If you pack unopened prepackaged food they usually will let kids take it on the plane. You could also give exra money for snacks from a store in the terminals. Gum also helps with the ear popping. You may also want to find some chewable nausea relief medication, just in case the plane has turbulence and might cause some sickness.

Kristi - posted on 03/30/2010

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You can take snacks, but just to be on the safe side I'd make sure they're pre-packaged and still sealed... a little boy recently had his play-doh confiscated at an airport, so there's no telling what they'd think of, say, a peanut butter sandwich in a ziploc baggie. :-) Still no liquids over I think it's 3.4 oz... so no drinks, UNLESS they're purchased at the airport once you get into the gate areas (past the security checkpoints), but most munchies should be fine. You can get the full list of prohibited items at www.faa.gov.

Shannon - posted on 03/30/2010

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thanks! i know she will be fine and have lots of fun too! and thanks for the tip on chewing while taking off, i will pack her some goodies :) now days, can u bring snacks on a plane? it's worth the try :) thanks everyone.

Kristi - posted on 03/28/2010

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I remember when I was a kid and flew for the first time, the flight attendants took us up to the cockpit pre-takeoff so we could meet the pilots and see the controls and everything... kind of made it more fun for us. UNFORTUNATELY, that can't happen anymore, but a lot of times flight attendants will have little "goodies" for kids who are flying for the first time. It also doesn't hurt, as others have mentioned, to put some of the child's favorite snacks, books, activities, in their carry-on to keep them occupied.

As far as jet-lag, when my daughter and I flew from Michigan to Orlando (to go to disney world as well), she was 8, and she had no problems with jet lag, though it was a pretty short flight for us (like 2 1/2 hours). She didn't sleep on the plane because she was excited about her first plane ride, and of course once we got to Orlando we headed straight to the parks, and she did fine. Of course she DID pass out as soon as her head hit the pillow at the hotel that night, but she was good as far as sleep throughout the rest of the trip also. I think being kept so busy running all over "The Happiest Place on Earth" helps with that... or helps you be able to deny the jet-lag anyway. lol There's too much STUFF to do! :-)

Erin - posted on 03/28/2010

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I took my daughter (was 4 at the time) and son (7 months) on a 4 hour plane trip. My initial concerns were the take off and landing. I bought by daughter some gummi bears to chew when we were taking off, because chewing helps ease ear pressure. I also asked for her to have a window seat, so she could see what was happening. We also took on the plane her favourite toy and some books to read and colouring in books, to keep her occupied. My son had a bottle and slept through!

Autumn - posted on 03/28/2010

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Hello! I was 14 the first time I got on an airplane. My parents were very nervous about me flying at first. I went with four ppl from our home church to Romania for two weeks(we live in Tennessee). I really didn't have that much of an issue with jet lag at all, even with the 10hr international flight and all those layovers. The only time I was really tired after flying was coming home. After landing in Chicago from Frankfurt, Germany we ended up with a 12 hr layover due to weather. We flew back into Memphis after that, then I had a two hour ride to my home. That is the only time I really had "jet lag". Hope that helps a little on the jet lag subject from a kids point of view. Hope she enjoys her trip!

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