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Do not feel obligated to purchase a seat for your child. Children under two fly free or for a nominal fee when you hold them on your lap. Unlike in a car, your lap is safe & comforting to your child.
Purchase a giant diaper bag. Lap children are not entitled to a piece of luggage; only a diaper bag.
Plan to breastfeed if you can. Attendants do not warm bottles or formulaConsider dressing your child in a one piece footed pajama if you're worried about losing clothes.
Dress the child as comfortably as possible. Being on a plane, let alone in one seat, for many hours isn't fun.Pack the diaper bag as if you're going on a trip for a day. Make sure you have a change of clothes or two outfits, diapers, toys (stickers, crayons & paper for toddlers), changing pad, baby wipes, and utensils.
You must declare baby food, formula & medicines. Babies and toddlers ARE exempt from the 3-1-1 rule.
Consider buying some new toys to surprise your child; they will keep his or her attention longer. You may choose to hold onto these toys until well into the flight, when your child gets antsy or to distracted from a temper tantrum. If the flight goes well, save the toys for the flight home.
Surprise your child with a piece of candy or treat you have refused in the past. Tiny lollipops are a good choice as the sucking can help with ear pressure.Bring earplugs. Not for you or your baby, for the people around you. If your child cries uncontrollably, you can show your concern by handing your neighbors an inexpensive pair of foam earplugs with a kind smile.Arrive early at your gate.
Ask the attendant for a "Gate Check Tag" for your stroller. They will stow your stroller with the luggage in the belly of the plane, but bring it to you when you exit it the plane, so you don't have to carry your child to baggage claimWhile you are at the gate, ask the attendant if they will board families with small children first. This is usually a common practice, but not always. You can relax a bit if the answer is yes.
Serve your toddler juice or water by bringing a "reuse or toss" cup with lid & straw. Attendants will provide drinks on most flights, but they do not provide straws or lids. You could have a spill that wets you, him or the stranger next to him when he accidentally bumps his tray-table.
Consider picking up a cup, straw & lid from a concession stand before boarding your flight in a pinch.Bring a blanket to cover your baby, but as soon as you sit down in your seat, request extra pillows & blankets. Pillows are not items you will want to pack, as they are bulky. If you don't like the idea of your child's face on the airline pillow, cover it with your blanket from home. Your arms will need extra cushioning, if your child takes a long nap and you can't move.
Do not try to carry everything on board you will possibly need. You cannot quickly or easily get to things under your seat or in the over-head. They will go unused and be a useless burden to carry. Think minimalist.
Travel during nap time. Some children fall asleep in a plane, no different than while riding in a car.
Originally posted by cybro
Yes I have flown with many, many toddlers and it boggles my mind why they are ever allowed to fly at all. Here is how it works. They are happy as can be while on the ground. The second the wheels go up they start screaming. They don't stop screaming until the wheels come down. This can last anywhere from 1 to 6 to 10 hours or longer. It just all depends on how long the flight is. Once on the ground they are happy again.
Originally posted by littled16
I am seeking wisdom from any of you folks who have taken a toddler with you on an airplane. I'm flying across the country next week (after figuring fuel costs it's cheaper than driving) and for the first time I will be taking a small child with me. As I've never taken anyone with me on a flight I have a few questions.
One of the things I need to know is does a small child have to be in a safety seat on airplanes? I've never took notice as I never thought of this situation arising. I know I will have to bring a car seat for after we land at least. Do the airlines charge you for checking a car seat like they do a checked bag? Also I'm sure bringing electronic toys that make noise if not forbidden would probably bother other passengers. Do you have any recommendations for some quieter past times that would keep a 2 1/2 year old busy?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me. I have to leave for a bit to book o ur flight but will check in as soon as I'm done. I appreciate any advice you have to give me!