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    Quote Originally Posted by Mmumm View Post
    Don't do it! Ha.
    You never can tell till you get in board I've found. My DD was a dream flying to UK and back - but was a shocker a month later doing a 2hour internal flight.

    We've never taken a car seat on board. From having her own seat at 2 she has just had a seatbelt like ours.
    At 18mo he'll only have his own seat if you pay for it. If not will be on your lap.

    Stickers were a big hit and distracted her when needed

    My only other tip is one of you order a special meal so it arrives at a different time than all the meals. Means one can entertain bub whilst the other eats.
    Have fun!
    Thank you for the tips! I think stickers will be geeat fun and light weight, and good idea for ordering one meal at a special time. As our son isn't getting a seat yhere is no meal for him - not sure what to do about this maybe I can bring a couple of toddler prepackaged meals on board.

    We will be booking through a travel agent next week but like my husband it sounds like the travel agent is just as clueless about travelling with a toddler so i'm making sure i'm going to be there! Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renvind View Post
    I have to say in all the times I've travelled I've never seen a car seat on a plane so I was surprised to find this out myeelf. Maybe it's just the airline we are using.
    Which airline are you flying with? I haven't either but now I'm wondering if parents instead choose to have their child on their lap rather than lug a car seat around.

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    I bought a stack of interesting toys and activities and wrapped them up for DS to open on the flight. We only flew to NZ so 4 hours. He is a very active 2.5 year old so I was worried that he would want to run around everywhere.

    I got one of those magic painting books that you just need water for, a mini magna doodle type thing, a magic texts colouring book (there's mini ones that come with 1 texta that's white so doesn't leave mess on toddler or table), little cars and figurines, a night garden reusable sticker book, and little story books. Also packed lots of interesting snacks and some treats that he doesn't usually get. I kept bringing surprised out of his bag so he was pretty excited.

    We did have the iPad too with some movies and games on it, but he was more interested in looking out the window and playing with the inbuilt tv on the back of the seats.

    He also had a lollipop for take off and landing to help with his ears.

    Good luck! We found it more of a challenge to keep our 1 year old still and on our laps (older one had a seat of his own).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalsaMama View Post
    Sorry to go off topic, but just wondering if all airlines require a car seat for an 18 month old? We'll be in the same boat next year and I just assumed DS would have his own seat.
    I work for an airline and I've never heard of this requirement????

    I know it's optional if you want to restrain them, but hardly anyone does it. Secondly the airline holds no responsibility if you strap the car seat in incorrectly. But I definitely haven't heard of it being compulsory.

    I've travelled extensively with my kids and I've never needed a car seat.. Even when they've been under 2 and were sitting on their own seat.

    What airline is this with OP?

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    Oh and we didn't have to have a car seat for DS1 to be able to sit in his own seat...that was air NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomia View Post
    If they are still using a bottle, make sure you use it for take off and landing. I have issues also, and Sudafed helps a lot with the ear pain (popping ears doesn't work).

    Puppets are also a good one, as well as puzzles for our kids. They don't make a lot of noise, but are interactive. My kids are also into the usual books, games (iPhone), and movies and overall do alright.

    I usually also go to the $2 store and buy complete junk that can just be thrown away. I've also heard about wrapping new things for them, so the kids get that thrill of opening something new every few hours.
    Ooh great ideas! Thanks! $2 shop toys , puppets and maybe a pretend remote and phone! (We eat puzzles lol)

    He's addicted to his dummy fortunately or unfortunsteky. He has flown before, an hour and i was surpised with how well it went, sitting on my lap the whole time.

    The airline is Hawaiian Air - we are going to USA via Hawaii. I was totally surprised about the car seat too! I'll ask the travel agent next week but I'd still have to convince my hubby to fork out 75% of an adult fare - he's in finance so I have bucklies lol.
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    Since you have a few months could you start doing some activities at home to practice going on the plane? Just do short intervals of colouring/drawing with big crayons, use playdoh, reading quietly, using the iPad for a show and a fun game, playing with cars to get used to those type of activities..?

    Oh and heaps of snacks!

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    Hi Renvind, with such a long flight, I can recommend a night flight. We left for Europe from Syd at 930pm and after dinner, a bit of tv and activites, our boys (2 and 4 at the time) went to sleep- 10 plus hours during full waking day hours is a long time to keep a little on quiet/occupied/settled. Even if your DS slept for 5 hours, that is half the trip taken care of. I was as strict as I could be about not getting out of the seat, except for a trip to the toilet, and took ALOT of snack foods that I thought were acceptable to keep them occupied. Lots of little cars and things wrapped in paper is a great idea to give them out throughout the trip. All the best x

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    Thanks summastarlet! Fabulous ideas! Especially the magic texter book and reusable sticker book (where do you get that from?).

    And great idea French Pear -i should definately start practising these activities. I'm feeling so much better.

    Thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renvind View Post
    Thanks summastarlet! Fabulous ideas! Especially the magic texter book and reusable sticker book (where do you get that from?).

    And great idea French Pear -i should definately start practising these activities. I'm feeling so much better.

    Thanks everyone
    The texta book was from big w. They have all kinds (we got a Thomas the tank engine one). The reusable sticker book was off eBay. Again, you can get all different characters so can pick one he likes.

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