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For getting settled on the plane, I would get some lovely, all natural treats that she never otherwise gets. Something like a lolly pop (or 10) or a honey stick that takes a while to eat. What you need is something to keep her entertained while the plane takes off. Once it's in the air, they're stuck with you!
Don't board early. Yes, it's more of a pain boarding later, but really, you don't want to add more waiting time than absolutely necessary.
Bring a CD player and headphones and some CDs with calming music she can listen to while she waits.
Let her run around a lot before boarding. About 5 minutes before you board, begin some calming, winding down. Read a book, sing some songs.
Bring her car seat onto the plane. Having a familiar place to sit often helps a child calm down.
Be unfailingly polite to the flight attendants. If you don't make them mad, they'll most likely be on your side.
Take a deep breath and keep yourself calm. The reason that those stories about toddlers getting kicked off planes make the news is that they're so rare.
Libby , momma to my precious little girl (6/29/07)
and wonderful little man (12/1/10)
And no, we do not ever, ever have anything with artificial dyes or sweeteners. Ever. Or use anything other than the occasional Shout for stains, all other cleaners are 100% natural.
What kids have you heard about getting kicked off planes?? I can think of ONE publicized case in the past few years, and it got attention because it was not normal that it happened.
Honestly, you'll be fine. Bring toys, food, books, and the knowledge that however awful it may get, the flight time is finite and you'll be where you're going and it'll be done. And it won't actually be that awful.
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
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