Friday, August 12, 2011

Flying with a Toddler

The aspect of flying with my two year old was terrifying to me.  It was the scariest aspect of our trip to Disney.  So I decided that I would list the tips that worked for me on our flight.

1.  If you are against TV, snacks, or bribery I'd highly rethink those positions on an airplane.  A portable DVD player, some chocolate munchkins, and/or the promise of one will do a lot to stave off a mid air melt down.

2.  I had her in her car seat.  It was a little bit tight, but she knew she couldn't get out of it and didn't try.  The only thing is she kept kicking the seat in front of her, so we offered for Andy to switch seats with the lady, but she declined.  I tried to stop her but there really is no leg room.

3.  I packed a small back pack with new toys that I bought at the dollar store that she had never seen before and a few small treats.  I introduced a new toy every 20-40 minutes or so or whenever she got bored with what she had.  Nothing crazy, a small book or a toy pony, just something that was novel to her.

4.  Lollipops worked great for the ear popping.  She never even complained about it.  I practiced with gum a few days before the trip, but she kept swallowing it, so lollipops it was.  Charms and Tootsie Pops are the best ones.

5.  Keep your sense of humor.  If a meltdown occurs there's not a whole lot you can do.  Some people can be douche bags, but most people are kind and sympathetic.  Try distraction or maybe a walk up and down the aisle.  Or load your phone up with pre-school worthy apps and let 'em have at it.

We were flying to Orlando, so there were a lot of children on board so I figured that people would get it and at some point or another there was a child or baby crying or fussing.  That's just the nature of the beast.  The flight there was great.  She was really jazzed up to look out the window and playing with her toys and to watch Cinderella on DVD.  Plus it was a short flight, 2.5 hours.  The way back was a little bit of a different story.  A week of excitement had exhausted her, but she wouldn't sleep on the plane.  And she had a massive diaper blow out that really pissed her off.  So for about an hour we took turns trying to get her to stop being such a fussy, whiney (thank God not shrieking beast).  Eventually she chilled out and the rest of the flight was fine.  Happy flying.
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Lil'Misa said...

I'm glad it worked out for you and the lollipops worked. :)

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