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Tips or advice for flying with a toddler?

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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In a few months I will be flying solo with my ds. I am just trying to gets tips/advice to let it go a little more smoothly.

eta: He is 14 months right now. It will be anywhere between 3-5 months from now. We are not sure of the exact date yet, it will more than likely sooner than later. I am a a bit of a planner, lol

eta: It will be 90 min for the first plane. The depending on which time we go a 30min-1hour and 45 min before the next plane. Then A 2-3 hour flight after that

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collinsmommy0
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM
How long is the flight? We flew -DH, DS, & I from the west coast & back over the holidays (& a 2-3 hour drive to family after the flights)

Prepare by reading airplane books & getting your LO excited. DS was 19 months & super excited - versus 7 months old, scared, & a disaster.

Bring lots of snacks, extra diapers, extra water, lots of toys. I wrapped presents for DS & he opened them on the plane. I brought stickers, books, Sesame Street characters, little things of play doh, light up button toys, treats (he had a lollipop for landing, first time ever eating one):...... And he played on the iPad with us for 30 min-1 hour on the flights.

DS did not sleep much on the plane but I hear a lot of kids do.
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zinniadaisy
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM

portable DVD player

brightonsmom12
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

It will be 90 min for the first plane. The depending on which time we go a 30min-1hour and 45 min before the next plane. Then A 2-3 hour flight after that. 

Quoting collinsmommy0:

How long is the flight? We flew -DH, DS, & I from the west coast & back over the holidays (& a 2-3 hour drive to family after the flights)

Prepare by reading airplane books & getting your LO excited. DS was 19 months & super excited - versus 7 months old, scared, & a disaster.

Bring lots of snacks, extra diapers, extra water, lots of toys. I wrapped presents for DS & he opened them on the plane. I brought stickers, books, Sesame Street characters, little things of play doh, light up button toys, treats (he had a lollipop for landing, first time ever eating one):...... And he played on the iPad with us for 30 min-1 hour on the flights.

DS did not sleep much on the plane but I hear a lot of kids do.


tifbrown
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM
iPad, iPod, iPhone, something he can play on or watch videos. Snacks and water. And, explain it over and over beforehand. Get him ready for it and keep him occupied.
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brightonsmom12
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:27 PM

BUMP!

collinsmommy0
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM
I highly recommend staying off of the play areas. We made the mistake of letting DS go on that & he had a nasty nasty stomach bug a few days after we got home :/

DS loved the people movers, walking around looking at the lights on the stores, etc. walk around a lot between flights!

Our flights were 5-6 hours, then a 2 hour drive. The worst part was the drive TBH because DS was 'done' by then.


Quoting brightonsmom12:

It will be 90 min for the first plane. The depending on which time we go a 30min-1hour and 45 min before the next plane. Then A 2-3 hour flight after that. 

Quoting collinsmommy0:

How long is the flight? We flew -DH, DS, & I from the west coast & back over the holidays (& a 2-3 hour drive to family after the flights)



Prepare by reading airplane books & getting your LO excited. DS was 19 months & super excited - versus 7 months old, scared, & a disaster.



Bring lots of snacks, extra diapers, extra water, lots of toys. I wrapped presents for DS & he opened them on the plane. I brought stickers, books, Sesame Street characters, little things of play doh, light up button toys, treats (he had a lollipop for landing, first time ever eating one):...... And he played on the iPad with us for 30 min-1 hour on the flights.



DS did not sleep much on the plane but I hear a lot of kids do.


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Megara
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I flew with my 2 by myself last year.  I wore my 2 year old in a sling around the airport so my hands were free for bags, getting out ID, holding DD's hand, etc.  You are not allowed to wear a child in a carrier once the plane is in the air, however.  I also packed each kid a bag with a few new toys (mostly from the Target dollar bin), a box of crayons, a new coloring book, gummies and candies.  I took an empty sippy cup for DS to fill with juice bought after security.  I loaded a few short cartoons on my Kindle Fire for them to watch and had headphones for each of them.

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