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Should I Buy a Airplane Seat for My 17 Month Old??

My husband and I will be traveling on a four hour plane ride with our 17 month old. Should we take the chance with not buying a seat, and hope there is an open seat for the little one, and have him ride on our laps otherwise? Or just bite the bullet, and buy the third seat, and install his carseat for the flight? Realistically, I really can't see him sitting still on one of our laps that whole time, it's hard enough to get him to sit still long enough to put shoes on! But if we pick either a real early flight, or one during a normal nap...

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How to Survive a 13 Hour Plane Trip with a 17 Month Old??

My husband and I are flying from West coast US to Australia next month with our 17 month old son. His favorite word is down and he is NOT a cuddler!!! I am starting to collect a few ideas on how to get through this flight (plus the 2 3-hour flights on either side of it). My pediatricians only advice was to not do it... this is not an option!! We will be there for 3 weeks and then have the same flight pattern home. Has anyone been in the same spot? What about using benadryl or something to help him sleep? (mind you, I am NOT a fan of...