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We will ba taking a 3 hour flight with an energetic 18 month old. I want to bring the car seat to "contain" her othwise she will be all over the place!
What did you do for flying with a toddler?
The most recent flight we had was a 2-hour flight with an 11-mo. She is a very squirmy baby, but DH and I decided to hold her to save the $ of buying her a ticket. It went just okay. It basically took both of us- one to try to hold her, the other to entertain her. I didn't think to put her in the Ergo- a friend recently traveled with her 13-mo and said he did great in the Ergo. I would have preferred to buckle my LO in to her carseat in her own seat, but it was too expensive for us. My advice is to take new toys/books, and snacks to keep LO entertained! Also, be sure to give LO a sippy/paci/snack during takeoff and landing to help with the pressure on their ears. Good luck!
Also, make sure you offer a sippy/paci/snack during takeoff and landing to help with the pressure on LO's ears. Good luck!
Just last week we flew (2 hrs & 3hrs) with our 15 month old for the first time. I was extremely nervous because we also decided not to buy a seat for money reasons and J never wants to sit in our laps. I had bought a few new books/small toys that I hid and kept them under the seat for if and when he started to fuss. I was surprised how well he did that we never even took the new books out. He was much to enthralled with the sky mall magazine (finding all of the dogs).
Also, we flew southwest and one their website it states that they offer discounted infant fairs (different than child fares) but you have to call the airline. I'm not sure how much of a discount it is but it wouldn't hurt to call whichever airline you are flying and see if they offer the same thing.
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LinzE:I just flew in August with my then 18 month old and it was a NIGHTMARE. If I were going to do it again I would put her in the car seat when shes in it she knows she has to stay in it we drove 16 hours a month later without a problem. To say my daughter is active is an understatement though. The steward offered my husband and I vodka nips to "take for later" if thats any indication ;nbsp;
I would say take the carseat but I know it can be pricey depending on your flight. We do a two hour flight to the inlaws often and have never bought a seat because the flight has never been full and we alomost always are able to take on the seat anyway. We are flying again for Christmas and don't expect an empty flight because of that holidays so I will gate check the seat and take my ergo on board.
Our LO is 18 months and our savior is the iPad. Peekaboo and duck duck moose apps and maybe an Elmo show. He rarely gets to play with the iPad so he will happily play for 30 min on it and watch Elmo for nearly an hour. With reading and snacks the rest of the time the flights are pretty easy.
lrn327:I'm very pro-carseat for safety so that would be my vote. Besides, my kid would never, ever sit still in my lap for that long.
This. It's so much safer to fly with a carseat or a proper airline-approved harness. How are you going to get into crash position with a kid on your lap, much less get the kid into one? Plus, there's a great value to having some space of your own while flying. We get him his own seat when we fly.
Karen1998: lrn327:I'm very pro-carseat for safety so that would be my vote. Besides, my kid would never, ever sit still in my lap for that long.This. It's so much safer to fly with a carseat or a proper airline-approved harness. How are you going to get into crash position with a kid on your lap, much less get the kid into one? Plus, there's a great value to having some space of your own while flying. We get him his own seat when we fly.
We have flown with our daughter (19 months) on 5 different round trip flights. We never brought a car seat. If we don't have to buy a 3rd seat right now, we are fine with that! We also never needed a car seat at our destination (we borrowed ones there) so didn't feel like bringing something we didn't need. We always have a window seat, and lots of food and games. If you want any specific recommendations, let me know....
Good luck! If you stay relaxed, she will too!