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    Default Flying alone to Europe with 2yo and 4mo

    Would you do it?

    I'm very undecided. We are planning our annual holiday back to France for winter 2015. I should be on maternity leave then and could stay a lot longer than DH.
    I wouldn't probably stay that much longer (cause mum would drive me crazy lol) but maybe an extra 10 days.

    Anyway I can't decide if I'm game enough to undertake a long flight (think 13hr + 7hr flights with a 2 hr change over) on my own with the kids.

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    I don't think I would do it, personally. I'm sure it would be fine but I know I would feel stressed and overwhelmed. I'm anxious thinking about taking mine (1yo & 4yo) to England in a couple of months WITH DH. But I don't like to put myself in stressful situations if I don't have to!

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    It really depends on the kids and how you cope etc.

    I wouldnt have done it when DS1 was 2 and DS2 was 4 months as DS2 was a huge handful and DS1 was a runner.

    But, I'd do it now without thinking twice with a 6yr old, 4yr old and 16 month old.

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    If I had someone to help me all the way to the gate for boarding after check in (i.e. your mum), a short change over, and someone to meet you at home when you got off the plane (i.e. DH), then I would probably do it.

    If I had to drag the bags and kids through the airport myself at both ends... hrmm!!

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    You can't get people to the gate if they don't have a plane ticket.

    I'm not too worried about carrying luggage around, that would be the easy part I think. More worries about the 20hrs stuck in a confined space lol

    Thinking about it DS1 would be 2.5 by then if that makes any difference. I wonder if they understand by then what is going on and if you can reason with them...

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    Go for it! I would give it a go and would personally be on a flight a few weeks after number 2 comes but I'm not allowed to fly alone with 2 under 2.

    Get an ergo so you can carry either of them and just pay a bit extra to check your bags in earlier. You'll find stuff to do and people will help you.

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    No way in hell I would do that with my toddler at 2.5. No freakin way!

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    I'd do it. 4mo will be easy as they aren't on the move, I'd request/plead for a bassinet so bub can be in there whilst dealing with the toddler. Baby wear through airports and pack lots of little things to keep them distracted.

    A positive is you'll be that used to lack of sleep by 4mo that the flight could be a breeze

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    We did an 8 hour flight to Malaysia when my son was 22 months and it was stressful. He wouldn't sit still and ran up and down the aisles and made a lot of noise. It was a day flight and only slept for an hour. No amount of food or even watching stuff on a tablet helped them. He'd climb all over us constantly.

    But your situation is different. Your seeing family and if you can spend more time with them I'd do it if it's only once a year

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    I would do it, 4 month olds still sleep a lot, and you can easily carry on a carrier. It's going to be tiring but I don't think that would stop me. The benefits of spending that extra time at home would outweigh the tiredness. People are always willing to help if unpredictable stuff happens. I say that because I'm easygoing and quote flexible, it would depend on your personality of course.

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