First airplane ride at 6

Tjuana - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm taking Tonio on his first airplane ride. He's 6 and I'm concerned about he will handle. Any good tips for helping to make sure he enjoys the trip and doesn't have a bad experience with being sick or ears that won't pop..

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Deborah - posted on 05/12/2011

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A snack/ drink on take off and landing helps with the ear popping. Depending on your child's attention span and energy level pack essentials to help him cope with boredom/ inactivity. If it's a flight he can sleep through that would be best.

Guner - posted on 05/07/2011

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I have been traveling with my son alone with 11 hours flights. Make yourself a bag with toys that he never seen…inexpensive little things. Small puzzles, books, little animals etc. My son always get ear problem from the altitude change. His favorite lollipop helps a lot. But you only give the candy when you take off and when you land. I would also advise not to give him high energy snacks. Good luck!

Katie - posted on 05/06/2011

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Snacks and lots of things to do! If the flight is longer than an hour maybe get a small DVD player - I found one at Target for $50 or so. It was a blessing on our last flight!
Fruit snacks, gum or chewy candy works well for the ears. IF he doesn't get car sick he should be fine on the plane.

Good luck!

Christine - posted on 03/30/2011

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I have flown several times from the time I was in middle school. I took my kids on their first flight last spring break. To see my parents. My son was 5, my daughter was 9. I packed a large kids activity/coloring book, crayons in a carry-on backpack. At the layover I made sure that they had something to eat and drink. During our flights we also had in flight drinks and fresh cookies from the airline.
Also we made sure to use the potty etc... as soon as we got off the planes. then we had time to hang out in the gate area of our next flight. We watched what was going on outside the windows. They both loved the experience.
Also we talked at home well ahead of the travel time about what was going to happen, were we were going, who we were going to see etc..Good luck with your travels. Let us know how it goes.

Christine - posted on 03/30/2011

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I have flown several times from the time I was in middle school. I took my kids on their first flight last spring break. To see my parents. My son was 5, my daughter was 9. I packed a large kids activity/coloring book, crayons in a carry-on backpack. At the layover I made sure that they had something to eat and drink. During our flights we also had in flight drinks and fresh cookies from the airline.
Also we made sure to use the potty etc... as soon as we got off the planes. then we had time to hang out in the gate area of our next flight. We watched what was going on outside the windows. They both loved the experience.
Also we talked at home well ahead of the travel time about what was going to happen, were we were going, who we were going to see etc..Good luck with your travels. Let us know how it goes.

Kris - posted on 04/08/2010

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I flew twice a year from when I was seven until fifteen. The best tip I can give you is to have candy, gum, or bottle of water for landing. The sucking and swallowing motions help with ear popping. I have flown with my daughter (now 17 months) a few times as well. I found that all the new things to look at and people to visit kept her occupied. Only short flights; only four hours at most. I tried to time them so that she would sleep for part of the flight at least. Enjoy your trip!

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