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travel with a 1yo, 2.5yo, 4.5yo by myself? advisable? doable?

post #1 of 8
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Hi there ladies,

just wondering if any one else has attempted flying with 3 little ppl.

I have done a couple of flights with the older two, once when I was 7 months preggo with #3, but never with all three!

One daughter will be 10months, one 4yrs 4months, and our *VERY* active toddler son would be 2yrs 3months at the time of travel (November)

is this advisable?

the flight would be a direct flight of about 5-6hrs in duration
thanks!
charlene
post #2 of 8
doable. not pleasant, maybe, but doable. my mom regularily made a cross continental trip with 3 of us similarily spaced in age. this included two flights of about 8 hours, plus a layover. call your airline and see if they can offer some help with luggage, etc. you might be able to get yourself a nice golf cart ride across the airport too. if your toddler is a runner, you might also consider one of those baby leashes!

anyway, you can do it!
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post #4 of 8
My neighbor does it alone every summer with similarly aged kids. From what I remember, she tries to sit close to the bathroom. The hardest time was when LO #2 just transitioned out of diapers, and she had to take the youngest with her every time to accompany #2 to the bathroom. Will you have the baby in your lap? I just flew with my 2.5 yo DS, and videos really help, if you do that kind of thing. With three kids I would definitely consider video players for the older ones, even if its not something you do at home.
post #5 of 8
You can do it!! Just bring earplugs...
post #6 of 8
I did it multiple times and my first 2 are 30 months apart and the 2nd 2 are 26 months aperture. My monkey in the middle was and still is a really active kid. We never did videos but lots of music, magna doodles and Twizzlers.
post #7 of 8
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...the airline that we fly with has TV screens installed in the rear of every head-rest...which means that every child has their own TV! All of our rules/ideas about minimal TV get thrown our the window when we fly.

...as do our ideas about healthy snacks...I pack whatever will help get us their!

It WILL be a crazy flight, but thank you for your supportive posts.

cheers,
charlene
post #8 of 8
I've done it with a similar age spread. A back carrier for the baby, toddler reins and many many many snacks, pads and pens and other distractions kept me sane!
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