Im leaving on vacation in a month with my 3 kids , 6,3,22 months . Does anybody have any advice on what to do on the plane with the 22month old since he has to be sitting on me for 4 hours. If any one has traveled with small kids do yoy have any tips ?

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Jessica - posted on 01/28/2009

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Ive traveled quite a bit with my son when he was younger. I just brought toys that i know he likes. snacks, and what ever he uses to pacify himself. ( like blanket, pillow, stuffed animal) I had a carry on bag with my stuff and his stuff. just keep him occupied. If he gets fussy take him to the bathroom, walk around the plane.(as long as the seat belt sign is off).  My son fell asleep most of the time. But now that hes older he is wide awake through the intire plane ride. lol :)

Mandi - posted on 01/28/2009

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well i've never traveled 4 hours on a plane but i traveled a lot with my daughter from the time she was 2 months until she was 2 for 2 hours on a plane ... i would recommend bringing sippy cups for the young ones and try to get them to drink on take off and landing to help with the ears, unfortunately you have to buy a drink once you get through security since they won't allow liquids through anymore, when mine was still on the bottle i tried to time her feedings for take off and landing ... i don't know if your little one is interested in the tv at all but if you have a portable dvd player or laptop you could bring that and a dvd of your youngest one's favorite show or movie, that will keep him occupied for a little bit of the flight ... and if he likes you reading to him you could bring a few of his favorite books to read ... and i don't know if he likes to sit on your lap and cuddle when he gets tired but if he does then you could try to get him tired out for the flight so that he wants to cuddle and possibly fall asleep and nap on your lap for part of the flight ... and after take off you could possibly just put the arm rest up sit him inbetween you and one of your other children and make the strap on the buckle long and buckle him up with one of your other children, i know some small kids would rather sit buckled up in their own seat than on their parent's lap ... and just bring some little toys like hot wheel cars or something he can play with on the tray table ...

Kim - posted on 01/28/2009

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We went to Disney last year on Jet Blue (my sons were 11 months and 3) and it was great because of the TV' s that you control. If Jet Blue is not an option, take a Portable DVD player with a couple of their favorite movies. I have a friend that brought her DVD player along with coloring books, and a couple smaller toys as well.

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Gelaine - posted on 01/28/2009

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Bring their favorite toys, dvds, books, and coloring books. Make sure you have a sippy cup, and snacks. If they have a blankie or a stuffed animal they like to have, don't pack it away, bring it on the plane, cuz its necessary.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Oh... and I did have to purchase a seat for him... I guess some airlines are charging and others aren't but they asked for his birthdate (some are asking to bring birth certificates...) and went from there to charge him as an adult...

Gabrielle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi, the ladies are on the ball, juice, snacks, books, coloring activities, toys, blankets all of his normal necessities and must haves. We've traveled with our small children and we brought along our portable DVD player, he loves Diego and the Backyardigans and such and some of the DVDs come with activities to follow along with, it kept him occupied and he loved it. I too, also brought benadryl along just in case, he was overtired and was not able to but when he was tired, he just went to sleep... all the best! Let us know how your experience takes off...

Michele - posted on 01/28/2009

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I traveled with my 11 month old from east to west coast a layover and 2 3 hour flights. I brought benedryl with me just incase but luckily didn't have to use it. I passed him back and forth from my grandparents, brought a couple toys he loved, LOTS of juice read books to him and he slept as well. It will be better than you think. I DID not purchase a seat for him.

Emma - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hiya, i've travelled with my kids , if ur son is 2 b4 u leave he will have his own seat...  as for sitting on ur lap it not so bad ive done 4 hour flights a few times with my 2 and they were fantastic, am sure if u take his favourite toys etc, he will be just fine.

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