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There are lots of really great essential oils that repel bugs. I use a synergy (mixture) called "Skeeterbeater" from www.naturesgift.com. You can pretty easily make it into a spray or put it on with some carrier oil. Just be sure to skin test first before slathering it all over the kids, especially babies. I also try to plant "bug repelling" plants near where the kids play. Sweet woodruff near the sand box keeps the flies at bay. Peppermint repels lots of things too.
I flew by myself with my 2 yo. and my 4 yo. while pregnant with my newbie from PA to CA. I would make sure you get seat assignments in the bulkhead -- don't leave it up to chance. There was just enough extra room for the kids to play around at my feet and get out of their seats. I too use the dollar store treat trick. Crayola makes these great markers that only color on special paper. Expensive but worth it as a treat for travelling and restaurants etc. My kids are...
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