How do I travel with a 15 month old on a four hour flight?

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User - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi, ive done it. crayons,coloring book. bottled water for him/her to drink. the plane never seems to have enough water. a dvd player (cheap one from walmart.) w/ DVDs..elmo,baby einstein. Use a pacifier, change diapers in your seat w/the baby in your lap (he/she standing up while facing the back of your seat...quick change...much easier than sqeezing into the tiny lavatory. also, crunch snacks to eat...(salty on the way up and down so they'll drink to avoid ear issues.) pack tylenol/motrin, just in case they get an ear ache..be prepard..go to the dollar store and buy cheap age appropriate toys (new stuff is intriguing to them.) or target..buy books and read....whew..lots of stuff. but it worked on a 5hr flight to california from atlanta...good luck and it will be smoother than you think..oh and pack your patience!!!

Ellen - posted on 01/26/2009

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Depending on when your flight is, if there is any way to hold off a nap time a bit, I've found that the "white noise" affect and the movement of the plane as it got ready to take off was very soothing and allowed my daughter to get groggy and fall asleep I was lucky enough to have the seat next to me free so I put her down across it and she slept a lot of the trip. Also, a DVD player is a life saver! Regardless, you will get sympathetic looks from other parents and nasty looks from the childless. It is unavoidable. just be patient. It will be fine.



 

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User - posted on 02/06/2009

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make sure that you have extra juice or h2o in a bottle for your baby to suck on, that will help with not allowing the ears to clog......TRUST ME IT HELPS. I traveled 8 hours. I traveled with a mini carry-on with just my baby's stuff. xtra food, milk, juice clothes and diapers and of course only his favorite quite toys and portable dvd...but I travel 8 hours. Hope this helped

Angie - posted on 01/28/2009

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I went on a flight when my son when he was about that age.  We purched his own seat and took the car seat on the plane.  This worked wonderfully, he thought he was in the car.  Like everyone elso said bring movies, books, toys, ect.  When flying with a car seat, it has to be a window seat they sit in.  I dont know why but they made him sit there. 

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We recently did a 5 hour flight with our 17 month old boy. So, all I can say is good luck. He wasn't bad or anything like that, but he's not one for sitting still at all, so we had him walking up and down the aisles at one point. Luckily most of the other passengers seemed to think he was really cute and not a nusance at all. I did give him some Motrin on our return trip for his ears, which helped. I found it hard to choose toys to take, because he's not a tv watcher and he only played with something for a few minutes before he got bored. He did like turning the overhead lights on and off. Snacks are an excellent idea, my son didn't want to eat the meal provided on the plane and if your child is a milk drinker, bring extra milk. They didn't have a lot of milk to spare for us on the plane. Water and juice wasn't such a big issue. Remember to take sippy cups to put the drinks in.

Wendy - posted on 01/26/2009

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I travelled with my son when he was a little over 15 months and was pleasantly suprised with how well it went. I agree with the other people who have posted comments that buying a couple of inexpensive toys and bringing them out one at a time when the need arises is a very good idea...it helped with me. A DVD player is also a must if the airplane doesn't have individual tv's in the seats (luckly ours did and we were able to get Treehouse which is a channel my son loves to watch at home). Remember to bring snacks as well...eating is a good time waster!! :). Good luck with your trip.

Emily - posted on 01/25/2009

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Get a few new items to play with on the plane.  You can even wrap them and have them open little presents.  Find fun things that you might not normally give them (things you don't mind losing or throwing away).  A new book or two, a doll, most anything from the $1 section in Target (post-its, little notebooks, coloring stuff).  Just make sure that the toys are quiet and make sure to save some for the flight home!  Also, I would recommend offering a sippy/bottle while the plane is decending.  It helps them clear their ears.  Chewy foods work, too (raisins, etc).  Good luck!  And remember, even if your kid freaks out, most of the people on that plane who are also parents have had to deal with the exact same thing so you don't have to feel too bad!

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