L.B. asks from Maricopa, AZ on June 02, 2007
Red Eye Flight with Two Young Kids ????
I am taking my girls back to NY to visit my family all by myself. The first flight is a "red eye" overnight, nonstop flight. To make a long story short... My last flight was HORRID!! The flight was delayed, the staff was not helpful, the passengers were rude. I am hoping to not repeat this incident again. What kinds of tricks work when flying? Also, has anyone given their children bennedryl (sp?)to allow them to sleep during the long 6 hour flight?
So What Happened?™
I will be talking to the kids doctor about the benedryl, and if she thinks it's a good idea I will try it out first at home.
I love the color wonders sets and will be buying one for the am trip back to AZ. My dad surprised me the other day saying that he's going to give us a portable DVD player for the trip back!!
Thanks for all of the well wishes. The overnight flight was difficult, the baby (nearly 2) was awake for most of the flight she ate all of the snacks that were handed out. Then she passed out in my arms. My five year old was great for the whole flight. The flight was packed which did not help. The flight back home was great mostly because we weren't expected to be silent. Overall, I will be making plans to fly during the day to be fair to everyone.
L.M. answers from Phoenix on June 05, 2007
I actually just did this in october with well my six year old and 8 year old, so their a bit older. We went back to albany, red-eye, long.. long.. flight.. lol. I woke their butts up at the crack of five am.. and kept them buzy and awake all day, even though by about 8pm they were driving me insane (over tired)... they were excited for the take off and a bit after on the flight, then .. out like lights!
Good luck! Dont worry about the other passengers, I remember I had a guy request to be moved on a flight because he was sitting next to me and my 8 month old son, i could only laugh! Kids are just going to be kids!
Z.B. answers from Tucson on June 04, 2007
I do not know any kinds of tricks when flying but I will also like to know because I might fly from Tucson to Chicago this November. I guess get them plenty of snack, drinks and pillows to make the flight more comfortable. I hope everything works well. Take care.
A.P. answers from Phoenix on June 04, 2007
You would be very smart to give your kids a little Benedryl for the flight. I know it seems a little strange, but you would be doing everyone (kids included!) a favor by letting them sleep...especially at a time of day that they should be sleeping anyway! (this is assuming they're old enough to have Benedryl) Good luck to you! =)
Y.G. answers from Santa Fe on June 04, 2007
Hello L. B,
I flew with my 4 year old Son from Germany to the States. It was about 20 hours with two stopps. Just let you Kids stay weak before the flight so that they have to sleep in the plane. And I would never give them bennedryl or something like that. Let the nature make her thing.
D.R. answers from Charlotte on June 04, 2007
Actually, the red eye was probably the best flight you could have picked. Hopefully they'll be so tired that they'll sleep most of the way,plus those flights are generally not to crowded. My best advice to you would be to pack a bag of snacks, a couple books, maybe some coloring books, and a few toys (just in case). If you're flying jet blue you're in luck...those tvs could come in handy! I'd also suggest a portable dvd player if you have one...they are a GREAT investment and come in handy during travel! Don't forget the sippy cups!!! Have the kids drink during take off and landing (if they're awake)...the swallowing helps keep their ears from blocking. Most important, try not to stress. And to heck with the rude people...they're the ones with the problem not you. If they don't like kids then they shouldn't bother to leave their house, let alone travel!!! Good luck! :)
L.P. answers from Phoenix on June 04, 2007
That's how we prefer to fly b/c our kids sleep really good! What worked better for us this last time that we flew was we took the carseats for the kids. Since you already have to pay for, at least, your 5 year old then bring her carseat on the plane so it's something that she is familiar with and knows what to do when in it. Just a thought. Like I said, that worked really well with my kids. Hope it works out and things aren't so bad this next time.
S.S. answers from Phoenix on June 04, 2007
I would test with the benadryl first if you go that route - it can make your kids either excited OR sleepy.
I've had good flights and bad flights with the kids - the best ones have been when they were well rested, fed, comfortable. Don't try to wear them out and make them tired before the flight, that type of stuff just doesn't work (for my kids ;o).
C.H. answers from Phoenix on June 04, 2007
I just flew out to Boston a couple of weeks ago, and I'm flying back to Phoenix tomorrow. I also have 2 girls, ones 4 and the other is 23 months.
I took them to the store and let them pick out some quite fun litle toys, a little doodler and those crayola wonder markers. And then also I brought some of their favorite treats. I wouldn't let them play with their new toys until we were in the air (so they wouldn't be tired of them before we were on the plane) and then it was only one at a time. Also, we brought a leapster game. But it worked wonders. I had people comment on how good they were and it was just because I kept them busy.
I gave my youngest tylenol for her ears, and it did help her to sleep (I also planed it around her nap time so she would sleep) my olderst I gave her gum so her ears wouldn't hurt. All in all it went smoothly. It's very hard to fly by yourself with little ones. Just plan ahead. I also took a sipy cup... empty of course, and then after the security check I bought some chocolate milk!
N.O. answers from Albuquerque on June 04, 2007
Hey L.....i have flown with my two children OFTEN. I know this is bad, but I give my kids motrin (prior to boarding) and then some benedryl on the plane. I have a 30 mt old and a 20 mt old. I run them ragged, before the plane. Literraly! We run around the airport so they are just SO tired! I have flown to Hawaii, overnight and it was the best. They just slept LOVED it.
I have flown to MI by myself with both kids. Not so lovely. But it was just harder that time, due to teeth coming in & a growing spurt. Not to mention I booked the flight during the wrong part of the day.
Honestly, there is nothing to have an easy trip and yes you will make some passengers made (and even some of them "ever so happy" flight attentents) but my answer is OH WELL. Don't let it stress you too much. If the passengers are just 'wishing that kid would be quiet' maybe they should help out OR maybe they should just buy a private jet!!
Anyhow, enjoy your vacation!!!
B.M. answers from Phoenix on June 04, 2007
My parents gave my sister and I benadryl when my dad was transferred from Germany to the US it is safe and really will help you while on the flight. The only downfall might be they won't be tried when you are unless you are lucky enough to sleep also while on the plane.