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12-03-2010, 05:19 AM
Hello! I have a 13 month old, incredibly active boy that does not like to sit still. We are going to be flying in a few days, just him and I and he will be on my lap. Yikes! What is the best toys to bring for a child at that age? I had one mother tell me about a video or a game that she had that was totally mesmerizing for her baby of the same age. I never got the name of what it was she had. Her child watched it for hours on a little dvd like screen, but it was made for kids. Does anyone know of this? If not, what toys have worked to keep your children occupied on the airplane? Thanks for any and all tips!!!!
12-08-2010, 12:20 AM
Take walks with him on the plane, look out the little window in the door by the flight attendant cabin if you can't get one by a seat. Let him stand on your lap but keep firm on not moving about on his own (give them an inch . . . ). Have snacks he likes and a sippy cup or bottle and a pacifier. Put toys onto links so they are less likely to be flung far away or into other passengers. Take people up on their offers to help.
you'll make it through. I have done a few 2.5 hour flights with my 11 then 16 month old.
12-08-2010, 11:02 AM
I recently took my daughter on a 1.5 hour airplane trip when she was 14 months. She is also very active, but was great on the plane. She just played with everything on the plane and we never had to get up. She liked to put the window shade up and down. Play with the tray table and the magazines they had in the seatback in front of us. She liked the bag that the peanuts came in and the napkin and cup. She also ended up falling asleep towards the end of the flights.
01-08-2011, 09:13 AM
Expect it to be tough and if its not then it'll be a pleasant surprise. Triangular crayons and paper work for us!
02-25-2011, 09:54 AM
I found that traveling with my four year old was easy. We had an all day trip over to Cali. and although my four year old does not like to sit still, he did awesome on the trip. He found the whole experience really cool! I came totally prepared with snacks, activities, and blankets. He even slept a portion of the trip. Don't get me wrong, there were a ton of questions the whole day, but its better than arguing. And we had a little trouble with his ears. Now as far my 10 month on that trip! I feel for any mother who has to take a baby on a plane. My 10 month old was so out of his norm and did not adjust well. The biggest problem was getting him to sleep on my lap with so many people around. And of course, he was constantly requiring my attention. Luckily I had a ton of really nice, helpful, understanding people around me. Needless to say I was so exhausted after that trip! I recommend, if you can, to make sure to get the whole row on the plane, makes it a lot less stressful.
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