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Hi ladies...I am sure this has been asked a million and one times.....feel free to link me a past discussion if you feel your being a broken record, lol<br><br>
We will be going on a trip in a week.....and will be on a 5 hour flight non-stop....do you experianced toddler mommies have any tips for helping the flight be fun for my 18 month old??<br><br>
Thanks<br><br>
p.s. She will have her own seat
 

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do you have a laptop?<br><br>
even if you hate movies i would consider bringing one that you can play on the laptop with headphones. OR if a movie is a bad idea, even letting her type for a while might be a good game. or what about music? ds is entranced by music on headphones, and will listen for a long time.<br><br>
other things: lots of healthy snacks and drinks --differnt ones to offer each time , to keep it interesting. give her 2 cups and have her put said treat from one cup to the other ( cheerios, crackers, etc) turn treats into a sorting game..<br><br>
buy some cheap little toys that she has never seen and strategically pull them out , ration them...<br><br>
mainy just be ready to rotate all of the above and if all else fails and you think its safe, nurse nurse nurse! (assuming you still BF that is) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
oh ps ask the flight attendant if there is an empty row of seats you can move to , if you are sitting next to a stranger. they are always happy to move you cuz it makes everyone more comfortable...
 

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If you can rent a movie in one airport and return it in your destination airport, DO IT! If not, snacks, coloring, little cars to drive on the tray table, getting up and walking the aisles when you can, renting headphones and books are good activities.<br>
I brought valerian and kava kava tincture to calm any anxiety and chamomilla in case of ear pain.<br>
Also, a change of clothes for her and a fresh shirt for you in case she spills anything on you. A sippy cup to put liquids in so nothing spills. A non breakable bowl to put ice in - it's vastly entertaining.<br>
I would sling your toddler and push the stroller to the gate with your car seat and diaper bag and carry on in it. Then you can check the stroller at the door to the plane. Try to see if you can fit everything you can in the diaper bag so you don't need to carry two carry ons. Also, bring a smaller bag that you can put a diaper and a change of clothes in for trips to the bathroom (if she's in diapers). And if you will be doing diaper changes, scope out the bathrooms before you get settled and find the one with the changing table. They don't all have them and the ones that do aren't always marked. The changing table is usually on the wall above the toilet and it blends right in. It also helps to change the diaper and nurse right before boarding.<br><br>
Take advantage of preboarding and don't put any carryons in the overhead bins. It can be a pain if you need something that's up there.<br><br>
Ummm that's all I can think of for now.
 

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Did the computer thing on a 2 hour flight, older dd loved it.<br><br>
Books! Borrow some from your library or from friends (ones that your child has never heard before. Her favorite songs on CD (get someone to burn all the faves onto one CD) and use a portable CD player. Fun foods. Love the ice idea! My kids love gormet lollypops (these were sold at our local toy store), new toys. There is a diaper makin' mamma out there who makes toy bags that are age appropriate..I can dig up her name pm me..that I used coming up from Ketchikan on the ferry. The kids had age appropriate brand new..crunchy friendly toys. They loved it! The bags were a good price and worth their weight in my sanity! I gotta go watch Roseanne..baaad mama..I'm sure I can think of more.
 

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I entertained my toddler for a good part of our recent trip with these gel window sticker things that Target sells for about $3. There are about 15 in a package, they are bright colors and different shapes, and stuck to the airplane window pretty well.<br><br>
I also brought stickers of interesting animals/scenes. We brought several favorite books and a playdo "set" that I made (cookie cutters, rolling pin, garlic press, plastic knife, and playdo).<br><br>
Our flight didn't serve dinner, but was during that time, so we picked up dinner on the way to the airport. Our flight was delayed several hours, so I was glad we had a good meal to eat while we waited.<br><br>
good luck! It was much easier than I thought it would be!
 

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I have a friend that used a small play wallet with fake money and fake credit cards to keet her toddler entertained. She also has a broken cell phone for him to play with. She flew from Wash DC to Montana and he did really well.
 

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Hi Sarah! It's Shari! Fancy meeting you here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
All of the suggestions are great. We flew when Alli was 10 months old and we are flying again next week.<br><br>
We nursed during takeoff and landing. Yes, definately change the diaper before you board. It sounds so obvious, but in the rush of ticketing, boarding and keeping track of carryons, I forgot! The changing table in the airplane is sooooo small and she hated it! For this trip I'll take pull up diapers and do it right at my seat if it is just a wet diaper and I can be discreet.<br><br>
I always get a stash of new books and small toys that she has never seen before. It can add up, so Dollar Store is a great stop for this, even if the toys aren't the safest, she'll most likely be sitting right on your lap. Crayons and coloring books, markers, STICKERS, even small cans of playdough should keep her occupied for a bit. A little purse with play jewelry in it, pretend credit cards, little figurines, etc. Flash cards are fun too.<br><br>
Lots of snacks to keep it interesting. Maybe something she doesn't get often but loves. We've done the laptop/movie on car rides and she would travel across the US watching Elmo I think!<br><br>
I am just taking some of her Christmas presents/book and putting them away now to bring out on the plane ride......luckily ours is only a 2 hour flight. Don't forget any favorite baby dolls or stuffed animals too!<br><br>
We have a rolling bag for her carseat which DH carries on his back and we check it right at the plane door along with the stroller. You will want the stroller in the airport. Too hard to juggle everything without it. You may want to sling her too in case she won't ride in it......then just put your carryon's in it! LOL<br><br>
Hope tht helps! Have a fun trip!
 
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