Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Calling all advice


Madeline and I are flying to Spokane this week.  I was just looking at my flight there and we have a layover and an additional stop somewhere, so we will be on the plane for  a few good (or not so good) hours.  Does anybody have any advice for how to keep a 13 month old busy on a plane?  She has been a good flyer, but usually after about an hour and a half she starts getting pretty restless.  I am having nightmares about being "that mom"  :)  Thanks in advance!  You all are so smart and creative!

10 comments:

  1. malerie, i have totally been "that mom" a lot of times... imagine max on an 8 hour plane ride across the country... LOTS of snacks she's never had... LOTS of toys she's never seen... LOTS of books she's never read... make things new, newer, and exciting... videos she loves on a portable DVD player... lollipops work well (but if sugar hypes her up then forget it)... let her move around as much as possible when you get off the plane... um... if i think of more i'll email you... just keep telling yourself that IT WON'T LAST FOREVER!! THE PLANE MUST LAND SOMETIME!!!

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  2. I don't know much about babies on planes, but I do know that after you go to Spokane you should come here!

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  3. I really hope that you are on a flight that is not very full because maybe you could actually give her her own seat so that she can move around a little bit. Other wise I think Nina is very wise on her advice. I wish you good luck though!

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  4. Does she like to kick the seat in front of her? Because if so, the lady in front of her might scream at you and make you cry. Oh sorry, just going down memory lane.
    I agree with taking new stuff. I would take fruit snacks (lots), one of those little doodle pros, new books, and maybe just load some normal everyday things in your purse that are okay for her to play with. Summer LOVES to play with MY stuff. Good luck! Can't wait to see you.

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  5. FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!! Hey, I'm going to take a little trip to see Grandma A. next weekend....will you be there that long? Erin and I are taking our kids to see grandparents and we would love to see you!!

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  6. I second the Food idea. If she is on a bottle still give her one at landing and take off, just enough for her to pop her ears or give her a juice box. I was on a full flight alone from Long Beach and luckily the guy next to me was nice, because she kept pulling the hairs on his arm ;)

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  7. I love our portable DVD player on planes. But, nevertheless, she is at a hard age to sit still. Do you have IPOD? My son will watch picture slides for an hour - he loves that and the home videos of people he knows. I just ordered a bunch of games for Clark for our flight next month to Ohio. . . new toys are great. Just nothing with small parts. Also, my doctor said that giving them a little motrin will prevent ear discomfort and will not "drug" them. Have fun at home! Give your parents a big squeeze from me!

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  8. A couple of different times I went to the dollar store and bought a toy or two (maybe three considering her age) for every hour we were going to be flying. (I didn't count layovers as I just found a place and let them run and exhaust themselves.) It works well as you make sure and keep them hidden and only introduce one at a time. Now remember I said it works well, not perfectly.

    I've taken SEVERAL flights with kids...often multiple kids. Jacob and I have seriously flown together two or three times in our marriage. Somehow (work, school, etc.) I have done the flights by myself with one to four kids. Awesome huh? Good luck!

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  9. Vodka. If she's anything like Brianna was on her last flight, anyway...

    have fun in spokane! wish I was going there too!

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  10. All I can say is that Madeline is an angel. Try flying with a two year old boy sometimes and you will thank your lucky starts that you have her instead!

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