T.B. asks from Franklin, TN on February 07, 2008
I am flying by myself with my 15 month old baby overseas... the first part of our trip is 9 hours and then 6 hours. As an infant he was a great traveler, but now that he is so active it is very hard. Last trip we took about a month ago... it was only 2 hours and he was very active all the trip (window shades-up/down) tray table, velcro head rest, ripping magazine etc...Any ideas on how keep him occupied and /or sleepy??
So What Happened?™
So, I am back.... Thank you all for such great advise... This is what I did before leaving on our trip, I tried the portable DVD player to see if it was worth taking it with me, but he was not interested (wanted to press all bottons)I tried sitting him to listen to music with the earphone and THAT worked... So here is what I did on the plane. I asked my doctor about Benadryl and Dramamine... She was comfortable with the Benadryl... not the Dramanine (its not recommended for kids under 2 years) So I gave him that... on our trip down he fell asleep right away and I thought... WOW that is great, but he woke up two hours later and was active from then on.. we listen to music, we drew with crayons, ripped the airplane magazine to little pieces and a BIG hit was the stickers... did not really care for any of the others toys I had brought him.... Coming back I gave him the Benadryl and he slept (a bit restless) but most of the flight... so bottom line what worked for me was:
Thanks again and for those taking trips with little one, I kept on thinking be patient at some point the flight will be over...
B.N. answers from Mobile on February 07, 2008
Hey, great question, please keep me advised if you decide to use Dremamene however the spelling. Is it safe to use for a little one? I have to travel in September, she will then be 2 yrs and 4 months, and it is a long flight also. Thanks much for asking this question, I hadn't even thought about it too much until now and my little one has never been on a airplane, but the rest of us have.
A.H. answers from Honolulu on February 07, 2008
I just drove cross country with my two year old. I bought a portable dvd player (they do cost about $100.00, but it was the best investment I ever made). I bought a couple of Dora DVDs and some movies, and it kept him happy almost the whole trip; it was a 5 day drive.
N.K. answers from Nashville on February 07, 2008
You are a brave woman! I have had numerous long flights with my little one (he is just over 2 years and the poor child has been on 11 flights in his short life!) and some of this is probably common sense, but it doesn't hurt to keep it in mind... 1. You didn't mention it, but if you can afford it, buy him his own seat. Of course under two years old, he can sit on your lap, but if he had his own seat, that can only improve the situation. 2. If he has a pacifier or bottle or special toy or anything at all that you normally don't let him have full time, bring it out in an emergency and let him take full advantage of it. 3. Check as much luggage as you can so the only things you are bringing on board are items to keep you both entertained for that long of a trip. Pack coloring books, reading books, small board games, DVD player (if you let him watch any shows), NEW toys or books. 4. Bring lots of snacks. 5. It's a simple fact that more then likely, he will break down at some point on the trip and get incredibly restless. If you are like me, we tend to worry about keeping our little ones quiet for the sake of everyone else around us. For this long of a flight, just do your best and remember you will never see any of those people that shoot dirty glances at you ever again! 6. This may already be out of your control, but schedule the flight late at night so he'll sleep a majority of the time. Or next best case - around his nap so he'll sleep a bit. 7. Finally, if you are able to pick your own seat (which I doubt on an overseas flight) select a seat towards the front - sound waves of him laughing or screaming will affect the people in front of you the most so the further up you are in the plane, they less people will hear you. Also, and I don't know your airline, but before you board, ask if there are any open seats and beg for them to place you in a row without anyone. They CAN do this and may be willing to help. Good luck and have fun!
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M.C. answers from Knoxville on February 08, 2008
When my brother was this age, we travelled overseas a lot. The only thing that worked with him was bringing along his car seat and keeping him in it basically the whole time. It was a signal to him that this was a safety thing and not optional. Of course, copious toys, books and snacks also helped.
T.R. answers from Little Rock on February 08, 2008
We do the portable dvd player and it works great for us. Most airlines allow it once you're in the air. If not, be sure to pack lots of sugar free snacks. My two girls are usually happy as long as they're eating and it also helps with the ear popping thing if they're chewing and moving those jaws. Other ideas would be crayons and coloring books and a favorite toy. Also, I've noticed ALOT of people suggesting Dramamine. Although it may be safe for his age (which I'm not sure about) alot of these kind of medications have the opposite effect on young children than they do on adults, so I strongly suggest trying it a few days before the flight to see how he reacts to it. My youngest daughter is 2 and Benadryl winds her up to no end. She is uncontrolably hyper every time she takes it. So definitely try it out before flight day!
H.A. answers from Lafayette on February 08, 2008
If he's not allergic and you have used it before - Benadryl!
J.P. answers from Mobile on February 08, 2008
Oh, what fun! I travel every year with my 2 boys for an 8 hour trip. They are now 5 and 3, but I started when the youngest was 8 wks. The first thing I did was "wrap" individual little toys & books esp. ones with stickers/interactive stuff (they make hotwheels for little guys) in plastic ziplocs. I dole them out every half hour or hour. I used to wrap in actual paper, but some security doesn't let it through. Play-do is ok, too, but again, depends on the security. It takes them a while to open it, play with it & get sick of it. (I really don't care if play-do winds up all over the floor. I paid a fortune for the seat, anyway) I also bring WASHABLE markers or aquadoodle to color. You can also laminate papers and bring washable crayons to wipe clean. If your kid is the right personality, invest $100 in a portable DVD player. My oldest will sit for hours. I've gone so far as to tape a character on the window shade and roll it up, leaving it to him to guess who it is...(the guessing game)but we can't see until the plane lands. They also have fold up games for the car (hot wheels has some, there are a ton of "pocket" things for girls) I always bring snacks, of course--dry ones are ok through security. Things like foam sticker crafts can be a great way to say "hello" to whomever you're meeting at the other end. I know it's not kosher to say, but you can try a dose of Benadryl--just know how your child reacts to it, and time it 20 minutes before you want a nap. Be wary of any other sleepy meds for a kid this little. I don't think Dimeatapp or Dramamine are approved for this age. Above all, if you have a seat for your child, BRING a FAA approved car seat. I book the seat every time and belt him in--it's like the car, no debate, no discussion.
Good luck. Pack yourself a ton of caffeine, b/c it's a LOOONG way to go!
K.W. answers from Chattanooga on February 10, 2008
Talk to your babies doctor about a mild sedative. With his help, it will not hurt your baby and you will be so releived to be able to control the situation on the plane. I did this with my youngest daughter many years ago. Take along things that he can safely chew on too, infants ears can often be affected by the altitude changes and this tends to make them very fussy and more irritable.
J.L. answers from Fayetteville on February 08, 2008
They do make children's Dramamine which would knock him out for the whole flight, probably. A portable DVD player with kid shows and movies could probably keep him occupied for an hour or more at a time. There aren't many Tatianas here in NWAR so I bet I know you! :) Good luck on the flight - J.
J.F. answers from Johnson City on February 08, 2008
I dont know if he likes movies but you could take a portalable dvd player and he could watch them. ( Im not sure if they allow them or not) but it was just an idea. Good Luck!!!!!!