Plane trip HELP

I'll be taking the two kids (4.5 years and 19 months) on their first plane ride next month. It will be only a 2 hour flight but with check in and boarding and deplaning and baggage, etc., it will be a long process. It will be just me and the kids flying but i'll be dropped off at the departing airport and picked up at the arriving one.

I know from reading posts on this board that some people have a very low tolerance for screaming kids on a plane. Well, I can't guarantee mine won't be screaming or that i'll be able to calm them down if they are.

What can I do to make this easier on them and me and everyone?

No, I'm not going to drive 10+ hours alone w/ two little kids. I've been flying since I was 6 months old so I see it as a pretty normal, reasonable idea.

Am I correct in thinking I won't have to buy my 19 month old a ticket/seat? When I was looking for fares online, the children category started at age 2. So he sits on my lap?

Is there any way to sedate them, like natually, w/o risk or side effects? I don't mean giving them Benedryl or any kind of meds. But like w/ music or a certain food or reflexology or aromatherapy? LOL I know it's a stretch but i'm willingto try! LOL
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I'll be taking the two kids (4.5 years and 19 months) on their first plane ride next month. It will be only a 2 hour flight but with check in and boarding and deplaning and baggage, etc., it will be a long process. It will be just me and the kids flying but i'll be dropped off at the departing airport and picked up at the arriving one.

I know from reading posts on this board that some people have a very low tolerance for screaming kids on a plane. Well, I can't guarantee mine won't be screaming or that i'll be able to calm them down if they are.

What can I do to make this easier on them and me and everyone?

No, I'm not going to drive 10+ hours alone w/ two little kids. I've been flying since I was 6 months old so I see it as a pretty normal, reasonable idea.

Am I correct in thinking I won't have to buy my 19 month old a ticket/seat? When I was looking for fares online, the children category started at age 2. So he sits on my lap?

Is there any way to sedate them, like natually, w/o risk or side effects? I don't mean giving them Benedryl or any kind of meds. But like w/ music or a certain food or reflexology or aromatherapy? LOL I know it's a stretch but i'm willingto try! LOL
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I think it's normal and reasonable too. J has been on several plane rides between 9 months and now. You don't have to buy a ticket on most airlines till they turn 2 and they can sit on your lap (but some posters here are going to tell you not to do that.... they think you should buy a seat and bring the carseat on the plane.)

I "sedated" J with nursing - I know you aren't nursing now, but the flight attendants told me that nursing helps the pressure in their ears and if you aren't nursing, the next best thing is a bottle or soother.

I would think that your daughter is old enough to bring markers/crayons (washable!), story books and little toys to entertain herself, and bring some toys for the little one as well - someone here recommended masking tape that they can stick to everything, and I've also had success with those packing bubbles that they can pop.

Most planes have those personal TVs now and they have kids' channels - even without sound (if they can't wear earphones) J enjoyed that.

J actually did not scream or cry or want to run - I was shocked because he's so active, but he realized that he couldn't and dealt with it I guess.
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I have only done long car trips with mine, but I would think you'd all be happier if you all had your own seats. With kids that small, that is a lot of wiggle room and you'll need it. Plus you'd end up with your own row which will make a huge difference.
You can totally do this.

Because you are travelling alone with 2 kids, I really would recommend a seat for each. With a child on your lap you will have virtually no room to move and that is really hard when ou need to put on the older one's seat belt, get her toys, get things out of your diaper bag etc.... Basically you won't be able to do anything. Its different if you have more adults and you can pass him around when you need to.

As for sedation - I've actually tried Benadryl on my son because he used get ear pain and just scream and refuse the breast/bottle etc... Anyways, the Benadryl didn't do anything. The only that works for us is planning the trip so that nap time coincides with flying time.

Snacks - the more treat like the better - work very well as a distraction. I swear my 20 month old ate an entire bag of Doritos the last time we flew.



Last edited by mad scientist; 07-15-2009 at 06:55 PM.
Here is the best advice I know to give you. We have traveled to Japan & back a few times when living there and now travel out of state regulary to see my in-laws.

~Under 2 can be a "lap child" and fly for free. We usually would check at the check in if there was any empty seats & they would let us bring his carseat and he coudl sit in it for free! if not- he sat in our laps & we checked the carseat. But, since you are traveling alone, I would reccommend checking the carseat and just have the baby sit on your lap. Do you really want to drag a carseat & 2 small kids through the airport alone? Heeeeeeeeell no! CHECK IT!

~Check EVERYTHING you can! Keep carryons limited to a small backback your older child can carry him/herself containing their own toys/books,etc. Your only carryons limit to a diaper bag & a purse. I always put my purse IN my diaper bag to limit the number of items I have to carry on. You will thank yourself when the plane lands & you don't have to worry about tryign to gather toys, purses, larger carry on luggage, carseats, chidlren, etc. 2 kids & 2 bags are ENOUGH!

~Check the stroller at the plane entrace. They will have it waiting for you when the plane lands. you will want it if your kid starts acting crazy & running while you wait for your plane. Then they will also be contained while you wait at the baggage claim.
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We flew last summer with a newborn and a 19-month-old, and I was very glad we got the 19-month-old his own seat. He was just too big and wiggly to sit comfortably on my husband's lap the whole time. We brought some favorite books, toys, and his special blankie. If they have a special comfort item--BRING IT!

ETA: We did not bring the car seat on the plane. We just buckled him into the seat belt as must as possible. He did spend some time sitting on laps, but it was nice to have that extra space.
Great advice, everyone! Thnx.
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

I know from reading posts on this board that some people have a very low tolerance for screaming kids on a plane. Well, I can't guarantee mine won't be screaming or that i'll be able to calm them down if they are.

What can I do to make this easier on them and me and everyone?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Sometimes kids meltdown - that's life. As long as you are trying to calm them down, I think most people will be sympathetic.

I've been flying with DS since he was 3 months old until as recently as last week. He sat in my lap until he was 23 months old.

Minimizing your carry on luggage will be a huge help. I don't know how the airlines are in the States, but up here in Canada, the WestJet staff are always there to help. They even helped me with my carry ons when I had to carry a sleeping boy off the plane.

You can do this.
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