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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29-08-2014 11:27 #11
29-08-2014 11:27 #12Senior Member
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29-08-2014 11:29 #13
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).
29-08-2014 11:30 #14Senior Member
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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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29-08-2014 11:30 #15
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.
29-08-2014 11:31 #16
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.
Last edited by Renvind; 29-08-2014 at 11:35.
29-08-2014 11:34 #17
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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29-08-2014 11:37 #18Senior Member
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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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29-08-2014 11:42 #19
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.
29-08-2014 11:44 #20
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