Taking my 14 month old on a 4 hour plane ride. Am I crazy?

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




My husband I are hoping to go see his brother graduate from Marine Corps. bootcamp in Cali. My daughter will be 14 months old when we go. As anyone else attemped to take a 14 month old on a 4 hour plane ride? Am I crazy for even thinking about doing this?


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Anna - posted on 12/28/2009




my husband and i live in korea....he is in the army. ive been to the states nad back to korea with my daughter( and i did it alone)...she is only 8 months...but the total travel time was over 20hrs. she did great. when we leave here my daughter will be a year old...but a 4 hr plane ride should be cake. just bring snacks and stuff to entertain, she may even sleep the whole time.

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no ur not it will be fine.. i take my boys by myself sometimes on about 4 hr flight to Boston a couple times a year by myself bc my husband works out of town a lot.. i started it when my oldest was 18 mos and my younger was i guess 5 mos.. oh its not the funnest thing but we get through, im psyched bc we go in january and my hubby is coming with us.. yay! just pack a lot of distractions.. the last trip i used m&ms.. dvd player, plenty of juice, milk, snacks, books, small toys, you can do it trust me!! and when i'm by myself theres usually a lot of fellow passengers that are nicea and feel for me so they try to help entertain lol.. and the flight attendants. so yes you will be ok.. Merry Christmas and have fun!

Stefie - posted on 12/17/2009




I first flew with my daughter when she was 6 weeks. It was the only way she could meet my parents before she was 8 months old. I traveled with her again at 14 months. On the 14 month old trip we had a lay over so air time was like 3 1/2 hours plus hours of lay over.
No worries, I would bring something to drink on the flight for your little girl. Try to have a few toys and snacks. Don't worry about having everything to keep your little one entertained, there is so much to see and explore she will not get bored. If you have a small DVD player that would really help for in flight. Otherwise, we did several books to keep her happy in her seat.
Don't forget that her car seat and stroller will travel for free, you just need to inform the air line she will be with you.

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My daughter was 11 months old when we flew 3 hours. I was most worried about her ears so I packed a bottle for her to suck on during take off and landing. She didn't even need it! We packed a few toys and sang songs and played games the whole time. Just make sure you check on the regulations for bringing liquids and such. Only 3 ounces and must be in a ziploc bag. Also, they let you bring a stroller for lay overs and such. Very convenient. You will be great.

Tracy - posted on 12/17/2009




Wow Nicole that was brave!! We have been travelling with our kids 2 and 4 yrs old. Our 4 yr old was a piece of cake. The only thing with the 4 yr old he didnt tell us he needed to go pee because he was so engrossed with the little tv infront of him and he wet his pants, the seat, and his jacket ....in first class...lol

Our 2 yr old daughter was even younger then 2 when she started to fly....first time not so good, second time a little better, third time a piece of cake

I suggest lollypops as you are ascending and decending....now that worked for us. The post from Calinda hits the nail. Dont forget a favourite blanket or toy!
Have fun and enjoy your trip!!

Nicole - posted on 12/17/2009




No that is not crazy at all. We did a 12 hr plane ride that turn into a 24hr one due to some weather issues. That was with 11 month old twins. I would have love the 4 hour ride LOL.

Callinda - posted on 12/17/2009




Definately not crazy! We took our son on a 3 hour plane trip when he was about 16 months old and it was no problem. He slept some of the time, and the stewardesses carried him for little walks around the plane when he was awake to keep him amused. Just take lots of little toys, books, snacks, whatever will keep her amused.

It was also suggested we give him Demazin (baby decongestant) about 1/2 hour before we got on the plane to help with his ears during take off.

I am sure you will be fine!

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