Travelling with toddlers

Chris - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi all. I was wondering if any mums have some advice on travelling with a 16 month old who cant sit still. We are travelling from Perth WA to Napier NZ which is a 9 hour flight. We luckily have the night flight but there will be a few hours where she will be awake. Any help is appreciated

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Lydia - posted on 02/23/2010

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I agree with every one u need things to entertain ur 16 month old baby also a blanket that she loves.to sleep with , animation movies ,so she can watch them and maybe she can fall asleep.

Jessica - posted on 02/14/2010

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toys, toys, and some snacks...in april my husband and i plan on taking our 16 month old (who would be 18 months at the time) from Canton CT to Rochester NY in a car. 10 hr drive. Good luck

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Our daughter is three now but has traveled frequently since she was 15 months old. Have your little one run around as much as possible before you get on the plane. Pack some overnight diapers just in case you have turbulence and can't get up the entire flight to change her. Also, bring a few changes of clothes in her carryon bag. The best advice is to get a few new toys, as well as some favorites. I fill Ziploc bags with a different toy/activity for each half hour of the flight. We was only able to play with the items while on the plane. As she gets a bit older, a portable DVD player with movies or even an iPod with some of her favorite shows is helpful. Pack your own snacks... just remember that you can't bring any liquids through security. We never traveled with a carseat because they were too bulky. We used a CARES device (http://www.kidsflysafe.com/) which was great. She would have to be over 22 pounds for this to be an option. Inflatable travel pillows are great too. I bet with all the excitement of the airport, your little one will sleep more than you think she will. Good luck and safe travels!

Tara - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have 3 kids- ages 11, 9 and 2. If you have not purchased a ticket for your child, take your car seat with you. It's a hassle, I know, but ask the ticket agent if your flight is full. If not, ask if you can bring it along ( I have been successful at this many times) and install the car seat on your flight. Granted, it is a hassle to carry your child, diaper bag and car seat onto the plane, but people are usually very helpful. One important note: make sure your car seat is airline certified. It will say so right on the seat.

If this does not sound like a good option, try your Bjorn. The flight attendants will not allow you to hold your baby this way during take-off and landing, but during the long flight it will give you a chance to keep hands-free somewhat.

Pack a warm blanket and snacks, but otherwise go light. My kids rarely played with their toys for very long before throwing them around at this age. Portable movies or kid shows on your iPod or DVD/ laptop work great for a sustained amount of time.

Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 02/11/2010

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Toys, toys, and more toys! Use your car seat on the plane if it is FTA approved to keep her in her seat. Get up and walk around if you can, just to move. Also, lots of snacks and maybe a few colouring books or reading books. Put away some toys/books so that they are new to her on this trip. Good luck!

Taylor - posted on 02/11/2010

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Lots of toys!! Some books & coloring books. If she's anything like my Daughter, anything with buttons - tons of buttons, haha. Good luck!!

Chris - posted on 02/10/2010

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Funny you live in Hastings because that is our destination. My husband's family live there.

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Buy new toys and save them just for the trip. I found playdough was good. Lots of books. I walked a lot with my daughter - up and down the isle. I am from Hastings NZ - just next to Napier - hope you have a good trip and enjoy NZ. ;-)

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