Traveling with toddlers! Help!

Beth - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Hawaii this summer or late spring to visit his family. We have 21 month old triplets and they will be 2 when we go unless we try to go before their birthday so they can sit on our laps and we can save money on seats. I'm looking forward to a vacation but I'm not looking forward to spending 6 hours on an airplane with 3 toddlers. Has anyone else flown with their little ones? Any advice on what to take or when to fly? Did you take strollers and car seats? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Emma - posted on 03/30/2010

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hi i flew to australia with my 16mth old who had just started walking, the only thing that helped her to sleep was medised which has a mild anti histamine and makes them drowsy i found it worked a treat as she slept most of the way to hong kong (13hrs).
we then changed flights and on to australia and she was good as gold, took an etch a sketch which she thought was great, puzzles etc to keep her amused.
hope that helps and good luck x

Bethanie - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have traveled with my now 21 month old son by plane, by myself when he was 14 months, 17 months and 19 months. Obviously, I can't relate on flying with triplets! Bless you! :) But I can offer a few things that worked for us. Our first flight, he sat in my lap....an ABSOLUTE nightmare! He didn't understand that he couldn't get down and run around and screamed and cried most of the 4 hour flight! My second and third flights, I vowed to buy him a seat (which I know will be quite expensive for you). I did not bring his carseat with on the plane, because, imagining me trying to lug him, a carseat and carry on onto the plane is not nearly as bad as it would be for you and your husband to lug three toddlers, three carseats and all the supplies! So, I did some research and bought my son a C.A.R.E.S harness: http://www.kidsflysafe.com/ Awesome! So light weight, compact and easy to install. I'll admit, on some of the longer flights, he still was a bit discontent and wanted to move about, but at least I was able to EAT (which, on a 6 hour flight, you WILL want to do and it's next to impossible with a kid in your lap!). If you decide to bring carseats, just make sure they are FAA approved for use on an airplane. There is usually a sticker on part of the carseat that says so. Also, bring lots of snacks, a change of clothes, bring the stroller for sure, toys, favorite animals or blankets and a dvd player may come in handy. The pressure in the plane never bothered my son, but every kids different. You can check your carseats as an allowance with your baggage if you'll need them at your destination. Also, each bag you check, one can each be a family members "first" bag, which will cut down on baggage costs. I'm sure, too, if you check with the airline your flying in advance, that they may allow you to pre board before other passengers. That way, you can take your time and not feel rushed and frazzled. Good luck on your trip and hope I could help!

Danielle - posted on 03/29/2010

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Definitely you need to travel with strollers especially for the airport.After passing security let them run around in the departure lounge as they will be confined to a seat on the plane.Try and buy some new toys right before you travel if possible. Travelling with 2 year olds and almost 2 year olds are CHALLENGING. Try and sit down and strategise on what toys they would be interested in. I personally would not travel with them before 2 cause it will be very uncomfortable for them to be in your laps for any long lenght of times. My daughter is 2 now and she seems to much prefer being in her own seat than before when she was in my lap. She has travelled about average twice a year since she was born and it seems to be easier now as she has her own seat and MUCH more comfortable for me.My daughter loves the books with music, and I have a little net thingy where you put ice in it and she LOVES IT.I am not sure what you call them.Good luck and let us know how you did. the longest trip I have done is 3 hours!!!!!

Erin - posted on 03/28/2010

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I traveled with my son when he was about 15 months. As far as strollers are concerned I would definately bring them, for getting around the airport,alone. I brought my umbrella one because it is lighter and easier to store. I wouldn't bring the car seats if you're not planning to buying seats for them you won't be able to use them on the plane anyway. Check with where you will be renting your car from once you get to Hawaii to make sure you can rent the car seats for when you're there. That's what I did.

I would have your little ones drink their juice or milk when the plane is taking off to help their ears. You could ask their doctor about ear drops too. Bring toys and books. Maybe even hide some their favorite toys a couple weeks before traveling so they seem new on the plane and keep them occupied longer. Pack lots of snacks. And if you can, get the bulkhead seat it has a lot more room. Hope this was helpful. Good luck and have a safe trip:)

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