18 Month Old on His First Airplane Trip...

Updated on July 26, 2007
A.R. asks from Bend, OR
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In September I will be flying to visit some family out of state, and will be taking my 18 month little boy along. I am a little bit nervous because his Dad will be staying home so it will just be the two of us. Does anyone have any advice about air travel with a toddler?

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answers from Portland on

Hi there. My husband and I took our 1 1/2 year old on a trip to Hawaii and I was pretty nervous too. We just made sure we had a lot of snacks that we knew she liked. And she was still drinking a bottle so we made sure we had one or two of those. It helped with the fussing and the landing for her ears. We took books and anything else she really enjoyed. There have been trips since and we have had to get up and walk to the bathroom and all that to stretch her legs and keep her from going stir crazy, but for the most partthey have gone well. Good luck to you. Most people understand what children are like and understand.



answers from Portland on

We took our youngest (3rd) son to Switzerland when he was 16 months old, and what helped the most was lots and lots of snacks! We packed more than we ever would have thought he could eat - and he ate it all (or at least was distracted by it). If you do end up going with a Benedryl sort of assistance, I'd encourage you to try it out with your child before you fly - different medications affect children so differently (for instance it can calm one child, and hype up another). Best of luck to you! We have found fellow travelers to be very kind when we are traveling with our boys.



answers from Eugene on

We flew our son from California to Tennessee at 18 months and the doctor had us give him (just before boarding the plane) 1 dose of childrens Advil and a dose of Pedicure decongestant. This relaxed him. Then, only once we started down the runway, I gave him a bottle to drink and the sucking action releived all pressure on his ears during takeoff. Use the same bottle trick on landing. It worked great and we had the only non-screaming child on the flight.



answers from Portland on

Hi A.. I have 3 toddlers, and they are awesome on the airplane, the only thing that I do is. They have their own backpacks with their own things, like toys/color books, munchies, whatever he may be interested in. Make sure you take his #1 munchie or #1 blanket...

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