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Long flight with Kids - help!

by travel freak »

I've got a long flight to Europe coming up, and I'm nervous about how to keep my 22 month old and my four year old entiertained. I'm wondering if anyone has advice about how to get through a long flight with minimal whining.  Thanks.

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by Cheapflightstrip »

Tips for travel with kids 

 

1. Slow Down 2. Determine Your Preferences 3. Be Flexible 4. Pack Smart 5 Flight Tips   (A) Take a change of clothes on-board for you and your baby, especially on a long haul.   (B) Feeding your baby with either a bottle or breast when you are taking off and landing, can help them adjust their ears to the change in cabin pressure.

 

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by PHeymont »

It's been a looooong time, but I used to travel with four children. All the advice above looks good, to which I will add:

Be self-sufficient: Planes are large and full these days, and cabin staff is smaller. Your children's needs may happen when no one can get you water or a snack or something entertaining. Clumsy as it may seem, carrying your own supplies can pay off.

Keep some things hidden: if you're not lucky enough to be able to get the kids to sleep through most of the flight, the toys or games may become boring. If you can put them away, and take out something else, it helps.

Gum: not for the baby, but if the 4-year-old can handle it, it helps with changing pressure on take-off and landing.

Stay calm, ignore boors: If you've done all you can to prepare yourself and the kids for the trip, and something goes wrong...that happens. And if anyone gives you grief about it, don't let them make it worse for you. They were babies once, too, and if they have nothing better to do than complain to a parent trying to cope--they still are.

 

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by Caroline »

I say this in humor, but it really happened to me on a very long trip to Africa.  The child behind me was about 3 years old and she screamed, kicked the seat, ran up and down the aisle and then when she really got bored she stood upon a seat and decided it would be great fun to start pulling my hair.   It was hard for me or anyone else nearby to see the fun in it then, but now I have times that I see it as funny. It was my last nerve then and hard to see.   Good luck on your flight.  Not all children have that type of sense of humor and most parents are more attentive to their children.  

My tip:  Don't take a computer type game that makes a constant noise as it's being played. 

 

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by Lyn T »

What ever you do NOT give them surgery drinks or candy before or during the flight

Try & get them to sleep when the meal service is over

I agree on the games with noises or other things that over stimulate them when you are flying long distances

 

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by drfumblefinger »

Try to bring them on the plane tired.  That way you'll get them to sleep a good part of the way.

The advice about extra food, diapers and change of clothes are excellent.  Also, have series of toys that you break out every few hours to keep them from getting bored.

Your older child likely will be entertained by electronic games, so get one or two new ones for the trip (for after the nap).  And as Caroline indicates, keep the volume down or use headphones.  Not everyone wants to hear the game.  Sometimes planes have videoscreens that let them watch cartoons or play simple games.  That helps a lot.

The younger child is harder to deal with than your four year old, but make an effort to play with them, take them for short walks in the aisle, and do what you can to keep them entertained.

Flying is hard on adults but evern harder for kids.  Kids are meant to run and play.  Sitting for hours on end is not what they're engineered for.

But everyone will survive, hopefully with some sanity. 

Good luck!

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by trutraveler »

What a friend of mine did when she took her 3 kids (2boys and a girl) (eldest 10 [boy], middle 6 [boy] and youngest 2 [girl]) is that she made sure that the 2 boys have their own computer games on board (with earbuds each to prevent bothering other people with the sounds). She also have the boys favorite cartoons line up on their ipads to keep them very busy and the eldest had a handful of his favourite comics.

Their flight was a 18 hour flight but she made it through.

As for the youngest (girl) for some reason, was asleep for almost half of the flight - I am not sure if my friend changed the sleeping pattern of her youngest kid.

Good luck!

 

 

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yostwl

RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by yostwl »

My parents swore by phenobarbital on long flights and car trips.

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by paweber »

Depending on the airline, especially non US carriers, they may have a children's activity package on board which may keep the 4 year old occupied for a little while. And there may be an entertainment channel for kids such as Nickelodeon or the Cartoon Channel available. Also consider wrapping some small suprise gifts to give to the children to open periodically during the flight. Pre-order children's meals with the airline.

Be prepared for in-flight illness. Our son came down with an ear infection and fever on a 16 hour flight to Hong Kong with an onward connection to Singapore. Fortunately we had liquid ibuprofen with us and that helped control his fever and pain until we could get him to a pediatrician.

If your toddler's car seat is FAA approved (there's a certification on it somewhere) then assuming you paid for a seat for your toddler then you can use it on board. Not only does it improve the child's safety but it is certainly more comfortable for both of you as opposed to being a lap baby.

Most long haul aircraft have diaper changing tables in the lavatories but you may want to bring aboard some disinfectant wipes if you don't have a pad to put on the table. Also a good idea to wipe down the tray tables at your seats along with the entertainment controllers.

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by anvisharma »

Long flight with kids is always hassel for parents as they can't pamper their kids for a long time. But there is various tips through which they can avoid from these hassels. They should keep bottle of milk and extra cloths if children are too young. And if the kids are too young parents should avoid long flights.

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