8.24.2009

Advice Please, Pretty Please

I'm desperate. And I'm reaching out to anyone who's passing through, bouncing by, or reads Ewan's blog everyday. Tell me what to expect with a 1 year old on a plane! We are less than 2 weeks away from our vacation, which includes a 6 hour plane flight there, and back of course. This will be Ewan's first flight. I've been frantically reading all the articles I can on Parents.com, but I need to hear real experiences. Any tips? Tricks? Things to ask? Bring? Am I being too paranoid? Or am I on the right track of being scared about a toddler who wants nothing to do with sitting still... especially for 6 hours! Shoot me some advice. I'm all ears. And it'll make me feel better. :)

7 comments:

Marilyn said...
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Bryann said...

sugar free lolly pops! I just thought if that :)

molly june. said...

ohhh, this is a tough one! i have heard the good & the bad with plane rides & toddlers :/ we only flew an hour or so to tahoe when the girls were oneish, & they did surprisingly well (even though i was so so freaked out!) :) all i remember was making them suck a juice bottle @ take-off & landing to help pop their ears! it seemed to help! geesh, i wish i could think of more! i've heard the best thing to pass time are those mini dvd player thingys? or maybe even on a laptop if you have one? & coloring books! or any toys he hasn't seen yet that would fascinate the boy :) GOOD LUCK!!

Alison and her boys said...

hello...just passing through as you are a bloggy friend of a few of my friends :) nice to meet ya!

my husband and i did a trip awhile back with our two boys when they were about 1 and 2ish. i was really nervouse as they both don't like to sit still! i was amazed though at how well they did! i brought lots of snacks and drinks are good but you need to check liquid regulations on flights now. we also brought a dvd player and that really helped a lot to get them to sit in their seats. They loved looking out the windows too and the whole experience of a plane ride kept them entertained. Staring at strangers was also entertaining :)! Bring his favorite toys, coloring stuff, and maybe a few new toys to thrill him during the time on the plane. Don't be afraid to get up and move with him too down the aisle when it is allowed cause 6 hours is a long ride for a one year old :)! good luck!

Mrs. Meyers said...

hey katrina!

I'm not a mommy :) but both of my sisters have flown a lot with their kids from 2-16 months old on short and long flights (shan even went to Germany with joey when he was about 6 months!). They have always done great! The only big issue i remember them saying is that recently its harder to hold them since they are bigger since there is not much space on the seats. Some tricks I've heard them using is lolipops (like bryann mentioned) and booking flights that are flying during their usual nap times so that they are sleepy when they are on the plane and giving them plenty of time to run around beforehand. You know Ewan the best so just bring small things that will keep him occupied. My sisters flew by themselves the majority of the time so they couldn't bring much and still did great. That's all I can think of. Both have said that they do very well on flights, much better than they think they will do, even as they have gotten older and much more active. If you want, I can give you their e-mail addresses and you can chat with them directly :)

Hope your flight goes well! I'm sure Ewan will do great!

Corey and Becca said...

Dimetapp :)

Family Sellers said...

The plane is so loud, he really can throw a fit and only the person sitting next to you can hear it. Benadryl has two uses, it is good for the ear popping and puts the little kids to sleep. Took preslee to Nebraska when she was a little older than Ewan and I cannot remember anything awful. You can alway hand him to a stranger and he is sure to want to sit on your lap quietly after that