How do i keep my 18 month old in her seat for a 4 hour plane ride without her flipping out?

Tabitha - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am about to be traveling with my daughter in a few weeks and we have a flight that will be an hour and a half then three and a half hours and im worried how im going to keep her in her seat and occupied she is at that age where she just wants to run around and check everything out any suggestions?


Rochelle - posted on 09/24/2009




Oh my, I'm glad I'm not you! We have travelled alot with our kids on shorter plane trips, we always take the portable DVD player and a NEW DVD, that they have never seen (we borrow friends) We take toys the kids have never played with, just little things, like a matchbox car. Also colouring in books and crayons. Stickers are great, they can stick them all over themselves and on paper. I always take a ballon, (just in case we need to really distract) just to blow up and let down (not tie up) Books they haven't read in ages or new 1's. LOTS of snacks. When (if) you have stop overs, let her run around as much as she wants, so hopefully she'll sleep some too on the plane. I hope it goes well Tabitha!


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Tabitha - posted on 09/28/2009




I meant 4 hour plane ride! My bad and thank you everyone for the advice we just moved and had to drive 23 hours but that was at night a little different i think i might see if there is any way i can get a flight then just to make things easier if not i will deffinately be using everyones advice minus the medicine i had friends suggest that to me as well and im just not really comfortable giving her medicine unless she really needs it and there isnt an alternative again thank you :]

Lucy - posted on 09/25/2009




Quoting Helena:

phenergan is a antihistamine - is makes kids drowsy, I suggested to a couple travelling back to Scotland, and they tried it out at home first to see how much their daughter needed for the trip, they told me after the trip, that is was heaven, as their daughter had a great sleep and then when she was awake, she was a in a good mood. you could try it out first. Helena

I WOULD NOT recommend giving your daughter phenergan because of the side effects listed below.

I know Helena was trying to be helpful but your daughter is only 18 months old!

GENERIC NAME: promethazine

BRAND NAME: Phenergan, Phenadoz, Promethegan


SIDE EFFECTS: Promethazine often causes sedation. In children less than two it can depress respiration and lead to death. Therefore, it should not be used in children less than two years old. Dizziness may also occur. Ironically, promethazine sometimes stimulates patients, particularly children. Such stimulation may be manifest by restlessness, inability to constipation.


Cara - posted on 09/25/2009




I am about to take a long flight with my son as well! He is 20 months. He has been on a plane before, but was too young to remember. I am putting together a "bag of goodies" for him. I am relating it to planes (he also has a things that go addiction) and so far have a new book and a toy plane. I will give them to him one at a time when seated on the plane. These are toys he will have never seen before, so they will hopefully hold his interest! Another thing that he has and loves is a magnetic book. It comes with magnets that you place on a page to make pictures. It's great because the pieces stay put and it's quiet! You can find them at Barnes and Noble or book stores like that. Good luck to both of us!

Nikki - posted on 09/25/2009




we just did a 40 hr car trip with our kids yes 40 hrs i have 9, 5 18 months and a newborn we r all still alive and love each other dvd is a must my 18 month old liked coloring on blank paper fruit snacks ( apples grapes ans oranges were easiest) she also liked to run at the rest areas get on the planes last if poss send your hubby on to get seats and stay out till the end also get her skittles or something to suck on to help her with poping her ears good luck

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Take lots of games, books, coloring activities, her favorite snacks, and a portable DVD player if you have one. They'll probably have an in house movie on the plane but they usually aren't rated G. It's fine to let her walk the isles a little bit and stretch her legs. Just make it clear how long she's allowed to do that before having to sit down again.

Cindy - posted on 09/24/2009




when i travel with my daughter i gave her tylenol right before the the took off so it wouldn't bother her when the plane took off but that also knocks them out for a couple of hours.

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