Tips for plane travel please

Michelle - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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We have our first plane trip coming up next month. What do you suggest as options for entertainment for a 20 month old. It is just the two of us travelling and I'll be 6 months pregnant so she is sitting in her own seat. The flight is only 4 hours. I have put her favourite books away so they will be 'new' when she sees them on the plane. What other ideas can you suggest?

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Michelle - posted on 04/25/2010

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i heard a brilliant idea for plane journeys.....

get a colouring book, some crayons, puzzle ect, but wrap them up in birthday wrapping paper before you leave...then they have fun opening their presents and it takes up more time to open them before they can play!! happy holiday!!!

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Yazmin - posted on 05/04/2010

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Definitely bring a portable dvd player with her favorite dvd's! That always does the trick for my child even when we are grocer shopping! She loves that thing!Snacks also!

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2010

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We are traveling with our little guy (same age as yours) on Friday and Saturday. 4 hours of flights on Friday and 8 hours on Saturday. Yikes! I asked this same advise and the tried and true method that everyone said worked for them was VIDEOS. I am going to play the Backyardigans for my son on my laptop and besides that I got him a magnetic "joey" doll (like a paper doll but magnetic), finger puppets, magnadoodle, new lift-the-flap books and sticker books. I also am bringing a photo album of all his relatives etc. because he LOVES to look at pictures. Hopefully between all of this and the Gravol it will be a relatively painless trip! ; ) The doc said Gravol was A-Okay. I will only give it to him if he won't nap because he is often too curious to nap.

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we fly from Europe to Australia at least 4 times a year and the last trip (5 weeks ago) my daughter was 20 months and i was 30 weeks pregnant....all though my husband was with me. so that helped! but great idea getting her a seat of her own, my daughter was climbing all over me which was the most annoying thing while the bubba in my tummy was kicking at the same time! your 4 hour flight will go fast! so don't worry! DVD player with her fave movie will be your savior! imagine that...could be a movie and a sleep and your there?? never know! if she is awake and wanting lots of attention just take her for little walks with you to the tiolet....(as you will need to get up and walk around and pee alot being pregnant! haha) its good though...then when they bring out the food that will take up a good half hour too....if you have a window seat make a big deal of take off and landing! make it fun! like look now we are going in the big plane....let her look out the window and move the shutters up and down! my daughter loved it! saying bye bye!! now we are going! all the toys and crayons and everything are a great idea too....but since your flight is only 4 hours and your pregnant id say her fave doll and book or whatever she must have and leave the rest behind!! less is more! you will pack a 100 toys and not use any of them! trust me! the lighter your bag going on board the easier for you!! you will be carrying her....and your bag on board dont forget!" and every time she throws a crayon or toy on the floor you wont be able to just bend over and pick it up!! your belly will be in the way! and they roll under the seat behind....so annoying!! haha....my daughter loves playing peekaboo with the poeple behind us! they usually love it" ''oh she is so cute!'' haha sometimes the air hostess will take her for a little walk around too if she is awake and goes to other people easily! so my advise....improvise with what you have on board.....pack the least amount of stuff as possible! and yeah...try and time her nap so she sleeps on the plane....have a great trip!! and for you.....wear some of those pressure stocking socks! put them on before take off and dont take them off untill you get to your hotel. have fun and relax!! xxxxxxxxxx

Carrie - posted on 05/03/2010

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We have flown with our daughter twice...the last time was right around the same age as yours. I think the most important thing to have is a sippy cup ready with something they like to drink in it. Make sure he/she keeps drinking or eating snacks since the swallowing helps with their ears popping. My daughter sleeps pretty good on planes, but having lots of different things to do was our trick (books, toys, dolls, dvds...). Good luck!

Dawnetta - posted on 05/03/2010

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we took a portable DVD player (not super expensive) & some baby Einstein DVDs- It worked great! We also have a little tea set from Walgreens that we take to restaurants that worked great too. & we bought an Elmo Crayola Color Blast book (one marker makes all the colors appear on the page & on nothing else).

Kathrin - posted on 05/03/2010

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I just flew back from Germany to Caracas yesterday with our 21 month old. If a nice lady offers to help with the baby, take her up on it when they are misbehaving with you. They usually don't misbehave with strangers and sometimes strangers are just more fun to play with than mommy. I also bought a child restraint harness, but that didn't work so well after a couple of hours.Pr

Saira - posted on 05/02/2010

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I flew with my son at about a year. The stewardest(sp) were really good about checkin if he needed a drink. He did very well 3 hr flight. Snacks, juice, The noise of the plane puts him to sleep but he liked to color with me. Have fun!

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We just went to Ireland and it was a 6 hour flight. I was very concerned about it. Sullivan did great! So great, that the other passengers commented on him! I brought a portable DVD player and lots of snacks. Before takeoff, give your child either Motrin or Tylenol, to help with the air pressure change. I know it will be hard, but walking your child up and down the aisle does help. Hopefuuly, these suggestions will help and you will have a great flight!

Nichole - posted on 05/01/2010

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my son is now 22 months, we travel from australia to the united states once a year just the two of us. first off, having her own seat has a great impact.. i milk the cheap flights till 2 thing and regret it each time. books are good, my son likes his old books best, so new books for us have to be broken in for like a month first... otherwise he has no interest... magnadoodles are good and not messy like markers or crayons(if your child still eats them like mine), otherwise crayons are great with a coloring book.. lots of treats that are low in sugar so they aren't bouncing off the walls and treats that take awhile to eat,, my son likes apples and it takes him ages to eat them.. or small things like raisins that she can pick up one at a time...the new environment alone will amaze them for ages,, but the more little gadgets you bring the less you will battle with her over pushing buttons and walking the aisles.. i like to buy a new light up type toy each time, we dont have lots of "battery toys" so its a treat for him to get a new little light up kiddy cell phone or something of the sort... i find the absolute best tip i can give is place a small bag full of everything you need with you (snacks, blanky, nappys, wipes, toys, drinks, books, 1 change of clothes) and keep it in your carry on, so when you put her in her seat you can take the bag out and put it under the seat, as the large carry on will get taken from you during take off and your left with nothing till you can get out of your seat 20 min later... so you technically have two bags,one inside of the other.. just one is full of must haves and small enough to keep with you during take off and landing! we made the mistake of only having one big carry on and got stuck with a board crying baby and constantly trying to get into the overhead bin.

Tabatha - posted on 05/01/2010

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bring some coloring with you. i just got back from cuba with a 21month old... i would also just let them play with doing and undoing the set belts that was at least a 1/2hr worth of entertainment for her....watch out for her ears on the landing... have fun....

Michelle - posted on 04/30/2010

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Thanks for all the ideas. I think between her books (she is an absolute bookworm) drawing, toy cars, snacks and a walk or two around the plane the flight will be over in no time.

Katie - posted on 04/29/2010

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Also check the game aisle in stores for cheap battery operated small hand-held electronic games that have lots of buttons, lights up, make sounds and have movement on the video screen. Toddlers at this age do not understand the concept of how to play the game, but they enjoy pushing buttons and seeing the cause and effect of the movement on the screen and any lights and sounds that come up. We bought one that looked like that miniature race car from the Disney Movie, "Cars,"...Lightening Mcqueen I think was the car's name...anyway, we found it at Toys R Us and it was around $10. Our 21 month old has been loving it since he received it at age 18 months...does not get bored with it and keeps him entertained for quite some time. Plus, it's small, lightweight and easily portable, travels well and is small enough for his little hands and fingers to manipulate all the gadgets on it.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/29/2010

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Make sure to have a full sippy or 2 when boarding...since it's usually a while before you can get drinks on the plane. There is nothing worse than a toddler demanding juice / milk / water and not having their favorite drink! We've flown with our 21 month old a lot, and all of the other suggestions are great - toys, snacks, DVD, etc... Also, some airlines do not have changing tables on the plane - so make sure to have a pad that you can put on the floor or seat! Bring a blanket as well, since the plane can get a little cold. Good luck :)

Tracy - posted on 04/29/2010

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We just flew with my son who was 19 months at the time. While I had some toys and stuff for him to do, his favorite parts were looking out the window, opening and closing the window, and putting the snack try up and down. He absolutely loves looking at airplanes, so I made sure he knew we were actually in one, that was really exciting to him. Fortunately we had some fun people on our flight as well, so he spent a lot of time turning around and playing peek-a-boo. And like everyone above, I made sure to have lots of snacks and a magna doodle for him to draw. Good luck! I'm sure she will be just fine.

Belinda - posted on 04/29/2010

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lots of snacks, i have flown with a 12mth old and she ate and played with her books the whole time out flight was only 2.5 hours but she was quite interested in the whole plane thing as well the air hostesses also talked alot when they walked past her and we went on a walk to the toilet, just pack lots of food!! have fun

Nikki - posted on 04/28/2010

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all the suggestions are great and you can get a travel pack for kids from the shops with a tray to put on their laps and fill it with colouring in books, reading books etc. The portable dvd is a saviour so if you have one use it. Good luck.

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I'll just add play dough and stickers - my son was kept quite busy for a while with those, in addition to his books, crayons, new toy cars etc. I recently flew with both of my boys (3yr 8mo and 21mo) from Israel to Australia, via Hong Kong. They were very well behaved, considering the long flights, plus the overnight stay in Hong Kong. 4 hours is really not a big deal - it'll be over before you know it.

Sonia - posted on 04/27/2010

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Hi, I've traveled backwards and forwards from Australia to New Zealand with my daughter quiet alot. I always make sure she has a clean nappy and is drinking at take off and landing so her ears don't pop. On our last trip I brought her a portable DVD player so she could watch her favourite DVD's it kept her entertained. Hope the trip goes well.

Candace - posted on 04/24/2010

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I flew with my daughter when she was about this same age. It was just my daughter and I we also had to make connection flights. The noise of the engine will most likely put her to sleep. My daughter would fall asleep as soon as we were in the air. I made sure she was changed and had her sippy before we took off. Traveling with her went very smooth and I even got complements from other travellers when I would leave the plane on how well she did. Make sure you have her favorite snack and toy. Maybe a doodle pro...they always keep my young ones busy and are travel size. Good luck.

Jessie - posted on 04/24/2010

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When I had my little one on a plane I bought a few new toys to bring that i knew he would like. Also he love to color so i brought a coloring book and crayons. Other than that lots and lots of snacks! that was one way to keep him quiet and happy was feeding him snacks. good luck!!

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