Well, I've only flown with a baby once, and that was only from the midwest to Arizona, about 4 hours. It was a long 4 hours. She was only 3mo old. Mostly because she was tired and wanted to nurse, but then wouldn't nurse, and...oh, I hurt so bad, I had leaked milked ALL over me. BUT, the guy who sat next to me with his daughter was really nice about how SHE had wailed all the way over the ocean once... :) Just wanted to say that after that trip, I'm not so sure the window seat was the best...it would have been much better if I could have gotten up and down without having to disturb everyone.
But, while I've only flown with a baby once...I did just drive nearly across the country with 4 kids, ages 6 and under. There's gotta be some comparasion. :)
Less is more. Don't overpack. If they don't want a toy, they don't want a toy. Something else new probably isn't going to cut it anyway.
I echo the snacks. Might be a good time to let him try candy, or chocolate chips...like around hour 12 or 13. (He's pretty little, but desperate times call for desperate measures. :) ) Also, you can try putting raisins or something else small in a pill box. Open and shut goes a really long way.
Stickers. On the toes, on the fingernails. Earrings. Etc.
They have apps for toddlers on IPOD, though we've never used them.
Scotch tape. My kids love tape.
Wamart has the cheap magnet sets that fold up. Plenty of big non-chokable magnets, and very compact.
Hiding Games. Put a raisin in his shirt pocket. Or hold it tightly in your fist, and show him how to peel your fingers back one at a time. Closing the fingers you've already opened can be funny. Teach him how to do it to you.
Drive a car up his legs and arms, over his head, through his shirt, etc.
Start "sit still" lessons now. Hold him on your lap and look at a book or some other quiet game. When he tries to get down, settle him back on your lap and whisper "sit still" in his ear. Then reengage him in an actvity. I would do this frequently to slowly get him used to there being no other option. I can get my 8 month old through a good 45 minutes of a church service this way. Something in the mouth helps, but you don't need quiet, you just need still.
Remember his ears and do something to help him pressurize.
On long trips my babies seem to start exploding out one end or the other...pack extra clothes. And a big lightweight blanket.
My little ones like to chew on toothbrushes.
And they like to play with beads on a string. I use larger beads and am certain the knot is tight and the string is sound. They play with those for a really long time.
You can put stuff in his shoes for him to find.
Play/sing clapping games and silly songs. He's going to need to use some energy, so you can sing the car version of "if you're happy and you know it." It includes things like shake your head, and stick out your tongue...as many other verses as you can think up.
nak, so thats all for now.
Edited by Just1More - 6/6/11 at 7:57pm