M.M. asks from Buchanan, NY on January 04, 2008
12 Hours Flight! Need Help !
We are moving next week to China...12 hours flight from Europe to Hong Kong. My daughter is 17 months old and we reserved a seat for her. I hope that this is going to help. Milk and water will be ready for her for take off and landing..and of course I'm going to prepare her favourite meals, toys..exc. what can I do to make her flight more pleasant ?
So What Happened?™
thank you everybody for your great help. sorry for late reply. the flight went fine. toys didn't help..she was too busy looking around , waving and smiling to the rest of the passengers. she slept 8 hours. we were so lucky we had a seat reserved for her and my father was with me..so I didn't have to do everything on my own...like going to the toilet for instance.
K.K. answers from New York on January 06, 2008
If she's not too "mouthy"- Playdough, WonderColor finger paints, stickers and paper. My 18 mos old can play with these for a while! Good luck, have fun!
C.P. answers from Rochester on January 06, 2008
For my dtr we got a new toy/book that she didn't see until we were on the plane & she was already bored. We did the magnetic scene book so she could pick the magnets off & put them on again a few hundred times. We also did the wooden Melissa & Doug puzzle that has a bunch of doors to open & close. We wanted to have somethings that were quiet enough not to bother others. I also tried to have her sleep as much as possible. Best of luck!!
G.G. answers from New York on January 10, 2008
cheerios, legos, crayons. activity books, coloring, etch-a-scetch. good luck!
R.M. answers from New York on January 05, 2008
Hi Martha.. i travel with my family to thailand every year.. my daug
hter is now 8 and my son 3 1/2.. the first time i traveled with her on the plane she was 2 1/2 months old.. usually the airlines do everything they can do be helpful.. especially asian airlines.. from the time we left our home in mass. to our arrival in bangkok used to take about 26 hours. now there is a direct flight from new york about 16 hours... dont worry about other people children will be children... it sounds like you have all of your ducks in a row.. good luck!
J.B. answers from New York on January 05, 2008
S.B. answers from New York on January 05, 2008
maybe chamomile tablets, like hylands (available on - line or in health food stores)
there are also liquid form chamomile and valerian sold by Herbs for Kids
L.D. answers from Albany on January 04, 2008
If you have a portable DVD player, take along some favorite movies and headphones. Also, let her move around at the airport so that it will be easier for her to sit still on the plane. Color Wonder products are great because they don't mark up anything but the special paper that comes with them. Do you let her have lollipops? They are another thing that help with the take offs and landing and just occupying in general.
Hope those ideas help.
C.H. answers from New York on January 05, 2008
Enjoy your wonderful adventure in China. Some ideas for long trips with little ones: cloth hand or finger puppets, interactive toys like a few large legos, snap beads, new cloth book with things to snap, zip, button, tie etc., practically indestructible (laminated) family album --you can even make this interactive by cutting out laminated pictures and havig your child put Daddy by the car, put Gramma in the house, put Grandpa behind the swing. Put Mommy next to...
Put all the surprise activities in individual opaque bags ...maybe even cloth ...so they remain fresh ideas that you can pull out when you really need a new diversion. And don't forget the book she wants read over and over and over. If she likes earphones, her fav story or songs could be on tape with special people's voices.....to give you a 5 min break. Again, have a wonderful 3 years in China
L.U. answers from Glens Falls on January 04, 2008
Wow!! I am so amazed and inspired at the variety of things Moms are doing on here. It reminds me that my struggles should not be as bad as I make them out to be sometimes.
I'd try to bring a balance, of favorite familiar things, and new things that involve quiet interest, and keeping still.
If you're bringing a lap top, or your own portable DVD player, I'd have Baby Einstein videos, or other favorites. This is not the time to worry about too much T.V.
Lollipops to suck on for take offs, in case she's not hungry. You'll have to find the balance between keeping her busy to pass the time, but not so overstiimulated that she feels disoriented and can't calm down.
Good Luck !! Definitely let us know how this goes !!
K.R. answers from New York on January 07, 2008
12 hours! A long time to expect any age child to be on a plane. I know when I have to fly with my ADHD son I get the liquid dramamine, its made for children and very safe, although the airport may take it from you if its open so buy small bottles of any liquids you want to have on you. If the bottles are sealed they will let you keep it-very important to remember! Also to help with her ears I would suggest start the day before giving any antihistamine. It will be up to you what part of the flight you want to give it but trust me it helps so much. Remember you have to worry not only about the child relaxing but you're going to need a few hours of quiet to rest and the other passengers aren't going to be very nice if your child is constantly going. I would suggest waiting a few hours when she gets cranky, give it to her-you will both feel better!