flying to see her Grandparents any suggestions for flying with a toddler??What worked for you to keep them happy?

Heather - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a soon to be 16 month old and we are flying to see her Grandparents any suggestions for flying with a toddler?? What worked for you to keep her happy? She is a pretty mellow baby but now demands to be let on to the floor to walk around. And any suggestions for safe flying as I have never flown with her before.

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Heather - posted on 02/09/2009

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I have no problems myself with flying I just seem to be stressed out with how to entertain her on a 8 hour flight. She is only 15 months but is at a stage where she wants to walk on her own. She doesn't watch TV so bringing the DVD player I think would be useless. She might watch something for about 10 minutes. I do hope that she sleeps as when we land we still have almost 2 hours to get to our destination. sigh...

Maureen - posted on 02/03/2009

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I flew with both my kids when they were under 3. I had bought a back pack monkey that they had some toys they could carry. The tail was a leash so while we were in the airports they would walk without being right next to me. I had several books and coloring pages for them. It was all so new that they spent the majority of time just looking at everything. I find that when I am relaxed they seem to go with the flow easier.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2009

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Ok, now I must sound like a bad mommy, but I was travelling alone with three little ones...I just gave the littlest one benedryl and he fell asleep. The other two entertained themselves with a DVD Player, but I don't know what I would have done had the little guy wanted to move and groove.  Now before you freak out....I did ask the doctor first and he told me  that his wife did the same thing and as long as I don't use it in excess, it is totally fine.  I gave it to him about 20 minutes before we boarded the plane, gave him a bottle during take off and he was out for the 2.5 hour trip.

Wenzel - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Heather! I actually just posted this reply in another conversation... =) I live in Daly City, California and the longest plane ride I've taken my son on was to Kauai, HI. Eversince I became a mom I've become a "Just-In-Case" kind of person LOL!

My husband and I have taken our son on 3 plane rides, San Diego at 5 and 14 months and Kauai at 10 months. I found a check list on another site...www.babycenter.com which was more than helpful because you can customize it to your child's age.

Make sure you bring a pacifier or a bottle for your baby to suck on during take off and landing, this prevents their ears from popping.

I found ready to use formulas in individual bottles are much easier than mixing powder and water on the plane. I don't really give my son juice but I found First Juice Organic juice at babies r us and I brought one on a plane ride. It's great because it's a small "sippy cup" bottle which my son loved playing with more than anything.

Before going trough the check gates, your baby's food and drinks should be taken out of the bag and put in a zip lock bag...it makes checking in less stressful.

Bring something familiar like a favorite toy or a book. Anything to keep her busy. If it's your cell phone or your keys...let her have them.

Extra change of clothes for her and maybe an extra shirt for you will come in handy just in case as well as orajel swabs if your baby's teething.

I also had him in a baby carrier which gave me 2 free hands so it was easier for me to go through the whole check in process...just make sure you take your baby out of the carrier before the plane takes off.

Try to relax during your flight because your baby will sense your feelings and might get fussy if you're stressed. I hope this helps and enjoy your trip!

Sarah-lee - posted on 02/03/2009

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I live in Western Australia and have flown across the country a few times with my now 2 year old.And i must agree with Tia i will not travel without my portable dvd player!it is a must have and for the sake of $15 for a new dvd it will give you peace on the flight and the holiday!

Emily - posted on 02/02/2009

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i live in okinawa japan and have flown to South Carolina 2 times from here with my baby. one time she was 4 months and the last time she was 14months. anyway the longest flight is 13 hours long. before flying this time i bought some "flying toys"....just some new small toys that she had never seen before the trip that i thought would keep her busy. also i took a DVD player with her favorite elmo movie. i packed a few different kinds of snacks for her also. because of the time of our flights (to the states and then back here) she actually went to sleep some and that helped a lot. you can also ask for a bulkhead seat so that you and your baby will have a little more room. just call the airline to see if that have it open or ask for an aisle seat. while we were in the different airports between flights i let her walk and play as much as possible but while we were on the plane she had to stay on my lap. i just didn't want to have walk her up and down the aisle the entire flight so i never let her know that we could get up (besides bathroom breaks). i know that makes me sound like a mean mama or maybe lazy but i knew that if i started walking with her that she wouldn't want to stop. anyway it worked for me and all the people around me told me as we were getting off the plane how well behaved she was. hope this helps a little. and don't worry about flying with her....it's never as bad as you think its going to be. good luck and have a safe flight. :o)

Tia - posted on 02/02/2009

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I live in California and my mom is in South Carolina i go and see her about 4 times a year. I have a 3 year old. When he was younger I had (still use) a portable DVD Player that works wonders. The flight attendance let you get up and walk around with your children if they start getting fussy. I usually get him all excited and we do an activity with high energy before going, and he usually falls asleep.

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