L.S. asks from Romeoville, IL on July 05, 2006
OverSeas Travel - Romeoville,IL
I have a 1 yr old and a 4.5 year old and we are traveling by air later this month to the Philippines. I've never been on a plane :x and neither have my children, so I really have no clue as to what to expect, so what I was wandering is .... what are some things that I should take along to make the flight more comfortable for them (and my husband and I lol) for that loooooong time period that we're on the plane?
J.J. answers from Chicago on July 05, 2006
You will have a challenge on your hands. Only because of the long flight. I would suggest bringing some cherrios or fruit loops (something small for them to chew on, they are probably to little to chew gum but you need something for them to chew on to help their ears adjust to the pressure. Coloring books, small toys (ones that one drive everyone around you crazy. I hope that helps a little bit.
Good Luck - J.
A.B. answers from Phoenix on July 06, 2006
Hi L.. I traveled with my now 2-year old since he was 3 months old. I never used a "binky" or pacifier but I did make sure that he drank something on take-off and landing. Once he was old enough, I fed him something. As far as the rest of the flying time, I invested in a portable DVD player. I suggest Baby Einstein videos. They are great for continuous stimulation (I caught myself watching & laughing too). I also brought toys that he hadn't played with before - some were last minute purchases at the gift shop! Whatever you do, do not freak out. I swear that my son could sense it and would be stressed for the flight as well. Good luck and happy flying!!
G.A. answers from Columbia on July 06, 2006
Hello L.. I've been traveling with my two daughters back and forth to Germany and it is not to bad. We've always tryed to travel in the evening throughout the nite. So, they possibly sleep most of the trip. For the other time beeing we've taking things like small electronically toys(leapfrog/V-tech), CD-player with head phones, crayons and coloring pages, stencils, or little puzzles and games you can play with them.
Have a save and enjoyable trip.
H.P. answers from Chicago on July 06, 2006
The best thing for a year old is to give her a bottle or pacifier at the time of taking off and landing.
M.K. answers from Chicago on July 05, 2006
It could be pricey, but a portable DVD player with a screen and headphones would be great if the plane isn't showing child-friendly movies. Don't forget coloring books and crayons. Even drawing faces on paper barf bags on the back of seats and using them as hand puppets could be fun. I'll keep thinking. One of my friends just came home from the Philippines this week. I'll ask her if she noticed what any little kids were doing on the plane. She brought me back some adorable floral cotton panties. Get some while you're there. I still have a couple pairs that are nearly ten years old, still in good shape and oh so comfortable =)
J.W. answers from Chicago on July 06, 2006
My kids and I travel a lot, they are 4 and 8 mos. We invested in a portable dvd player when my son was about two and very into elmo dvd's. It was a great investment, although pricy but I have never regretted it. If you pack a small bag with little toys that they have never seen before, like maybe some happy meal toys and some things to color with, they get a big kick out of that too. Good luck.
L. answers from Chicago on July 05, 2006
I just traveled with my 5 month old and rec. bringing a bottle/sippy cup or pacifier for going up and down. This helps their ears. Some people have trouble with the air pressure and the swallowing helps. Also, have you considered a portable DVD player? It may help pass the time. Just some things to consider. Have a fun trip!!