We are flying with our almost-22 month old next week, two flights in one day totalling about 4 hrs in the air and 3 hrs in airports. He is a terrible traveller in the car - sleeps for the first 40 minutes of any trip and then screams for the rest of the way. He never wants to sleep on our laps or in our bed etc, just wants to be horizontal in his own bed and left alone to sleep. When he gets tired or sick of sitting still he screams and screams and screams. We are absolutely sick with dread over how he's going to behave on the plane!!
Does anyone have any advice on how best to handle this? He still has two sleeps a day at home (one sleep on day car days) so is very dependent on getting his sleep. I have phenergan and am trialling it today but he's so difficult to syringe anything in to that I don't think I can rely on it.
Any suggestions would be very gratefully received!
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30-05-2014 08:19 #1Senior Member
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Flying with a wild toddler - help!
30-05-2014 08:24 #2
Does he use a dummy? Use that for take off and landing if yes.
Other than that, pack loads of toys (wrap them up- adds extra time trying to unwrap them!). Magna doodle, etc. Most planes have a tablet that you can borrow to watch movies etc
30-05-2014 08:28 #3Senior Member
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Puzzles (the ones in the wooden frame), colouring books, download movies of games if you have an iphone or ipad, books, we create imagination games, a deck or cards (my DD loves snap!), their special sleep time animal/comfort object. It's tiring but we distract and play (quietly) as much as possible.
30-05-2014 08:56 #4
When I travel with toddlers, I always request to be seated at the very back row of the Plane, as it's right near the toilet and the back area *generally* only has parents and children seated near there.
I have found that we have often had the seat to ourselves which is very handy. My biggest problem with toddlers (under 2) is the fact that they're on your lap, so naturally they kick and push the seat in front (unintentionally) therefore if you have a seat free beside you, it's very handy!
Make sure you have snacks in your handbag/carry on so that you can whip out a treat or something if your child starts to get a bit restless. I haven't ever travelled with a tablet or anything like that, so I have usually relied some books or a game I play where I open the in flight mag and ask them to show me/point to various things in the mag, such as 'where is the Koala' or 'where is the lady with the red bag etc' that seems to amuse for a good 20 mins or so, even if it does sound a bit lame and not as exciting as an electronic game!
Good luck OP, it doesn't matter how well your toddler is, if they aren't ones to sleep the Plane trip away, it can be very challenging and stressful indeed.
30-05-2014 09:04 #5
hi - hope you don't mind me jumping in here but I saw your thread topic scroll past in the side bar and thought you mind like to read this article. It was put together using info from our forum members (so you know it is good! )
All the best for the flight! Hope he surprises you!
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30-05-2014 09:13 #6
Ooh, I'll have to have a look at that article too, you can never have enough tips for travelling with kids!
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