Ladies! I need your help! I am in desperate need of tips for flying with babies and toddlers!
This month, Handsome Husband and I are traveling cross-country with one very helpful teenager, one sweet but needy 5-month old and one spirited, easily bored, opinionated (read: INSANE) 20-month old. Yep. We’re doing it. Oh, and did I mention that both of the wee ones are young enough to ride for free in our laps? I feel like this is a mixed blessing of sorts. I mean, yeah–we’re saving a lot of money on plane tickets, but HOLY COW! Toddler Sophie can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes and I am somehow expecting her to sit IN MY LAP for a 6 hour stretch?? The universe is already laughing at me.
When I started booking this trip a few months ago, it seemed as though I’d have plenty of time to assemble travel tips and make packing lists, but time moves quickly when you have children and, well, here we are. Today I made my first real preparations for our trip back East. Here’s what I’ve tackled so far:
1) I went to Target and bought like 10 boxes of organic fruit snacks. We have only recently introduced Toddler Sophie to fruit snacks, so they are still interesting and unusual and will ease at least a few meltdowns.
2) I bought pacifiers for Baby Max. None of my children have taken to pacifiers, but I’m going to make an attempt with Max. I’ve read that babies can have a difficult time with cabin pressure and that pacifiers (as well as bottles) can help their ears “pop”. Here’s to hoping!
3) I am considering purchasing a giant box of ear plugs to distribute to all of the other passengers on the Boeing 747. Too much? Too little?! Should I also bake cookies for everyone? Valium cookies?
4) We are borrowing an i-Pad and downloading anything we can find involving either Elmo or Madeline. (Elmo is responsible for Handsome Husband and I having a minute to drink coffee together in the morning and Madeline on an i-Phone is the ONLY way we make it through a family dinner outing with our dignity intact.) If Sophie wants to watch movies on the i-Pad for the duration of the trip, I’m totally fine with that. Hey, it’s her vacation too, right?!
I did a little internet sleuthing for airplane travel tips for tiny tots, but some of them were a bit over-the-top for me. However, here’s some links that I did find especially helpful:
SMB’s own Steph gives some great airplane travel tips in this post
So, my travel preparation list, admittedly, looks a bit shoddy.I would LOVE to get some real world advice and stories of your travel successes and failures. PLEASE comment below. Seriously. I need help.