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Old 09-24-2012, 08:03 PM   #16
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My rule of thumb with young kids is try everything else you brought in your bag of tricks but if all else fails - doling out M&M's...one at a time, slowly, usually did the trick for my dd.

On a plane rule #1 is consideration to other passengers...That means yes headphones for the child and also means that doing whatever it takes - even if it's something that you would NEVER consider at home (like chocolate for an hour straight) to be as considerate as possible.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #17
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Headphones are not necessary if you keep the sound really low. If I can't hear it sitting next to DS, it won't be bothering anyone else. It is really loud on airplanes, even with the sound turned all the way up on the ipad, you can barely hear it at all.

I understand the whole "be considerate to other guests" bit, but I think most travelers would rather hear a tiny bit of ambient noise from an Ipad, than me keeping up a constant chatter of reprimands and entertainment, and I'm sure NO ONE wants to hear me singing "twinkle, twinkle little star" over and over again.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:24 PM   #18
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I'm taking my iPad that has her videos on it do you know if my dd will have to use headphones to watch her movies? Or can I just keep the volume low?
Please have her use the headphones.


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I understand the whole "be considerate to other guests" bit, but I think most travelers would rather hear a tiny bit of ambient noise from an Ipad, than me keeping up a constant chatter of reprimands and entertainment, and I'm sure NO ONE wants to hear me singing "twinkle, twinkle little star" over and over again.
I'm 100% opposite. I'd rather hear the interaction than the noise of someone else's game or movie.



We use Earplanes for DS to deal with any ear pain. Shop ahead of time to find the little kid ones, but it's possible she's actually too little for them. When without earplanes, we get the trader joes organic, naturally colored, NO corn syrup lollipops. If we used a DumDum, we would be thrown off the plane b/c corn syrup products cause DS to be violent and extremely, and unpleasantly, hyper. Which is why Benadryl won't work on him, b/c it's made syrupy by...you guessed it! (found that out at a dental visit when his ped dentist lost his mind and insisted on it for no good reason at all)


Will she have her own seat? Will she have her carseat? If so, it might be better since she knows that she is to sit in carseats.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:43 PM   #19
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We have flown with DD when she was 9m, 11m and 15m.
Every single trip was a different experience. Some have been a total nightmare with her screaming most of the flight. Others she has been a perfect angel.

We took a new toy, a new book, and a few snacks that she doesn't usually get at home.
DH also downloaded some Mickey mouse Clubhouse episodes on the Ipad.

If your LO is walking, make sure you take a few walks up and down the aisles. Saying "Hi" to all the other passengers and kids is always a ton of fun!!

The great thing about Disney is that there are a ton of kids on the flight. Most often even if your child is not behaving, you will only get looks of sympathy.

ETA: I tried Benadryl a week before a 6 hour flight Thank God I did. It had the revers effect on DD and she was hyper for 2 hours.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:08 AM   #20
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I have flown with this age 4 times and will again in a couple weeks... I know it can be stressful but usually it goes much better than you worry!

Everyone gave out all my advice so I just wanted to add... you will probably never see any of these people again, so if worst case, your child is fussy, take a deep breath, do everything you can and count the minutes, lol!
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:18 AM   #21
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I have flown with this age 4 times and will again in a couple weeks... I know it can be stressful but usually it goes much better than you worry!

Everyone gave out all my advice so I just wanted to add... you will probably never see any of these people again, so if worst case, your child is fussy, take a deep breath, do everything you can and count the minutes, lol!

This is how I'm trying to look at it! I will definitely exhaust all my options and try to be courteous to everyone around me but we all know if a toddler REALLY wants to have a fit, well there's not much anyone can do to stop it! Lol thanks again for all the advice!
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:03 AM   #22
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Headphones are absolutely necessary. I can assure you that if the sound is loud enough for your child to hear, people sitting nearby will hear it as well. I once sat in front of a baby watching a Baby Einstein video without headphones; thought I would go insane. Super annoying, until I finally had to complain to an FA after the parents refused to turn down the sound (yes, I asked very politely). Don't be an inconsiderate flyer.

OP - as long as you do your best to keep your child entertained and under control, most people are pretty tolerant.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #23
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BTW - When my kids were that age...I showed them the movie with the headphones already IN - so there was no sound coming out. That way - it was up to him - if he puts on the headphones - he gets sound, if he refuses or doesn't want to - he gets to watch without hearing. Problem solved.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:19 PM   #24
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BTW - When my kids were that age...I showed them the movie with the headphones already IN - so there was no sound coming out. That way - it was up to him - if he puts on the headphones - he gets sound, if he refuses or doesn't want to - he gets to watch without hearing. Problem solved.
That's a really good idea! Now I'm just hoping she won't figure out how to pull the headphones OUT of the ipad lol shes sometimes a little TOO clever
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #25
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We flew with DS last year at 16 months and he did good. I was really worried but he did fine Snacks and a few new toys and he was good to go.

He'll be 2 1/2 this year and we are taking the ipad and will put a few videos on it and pack lots of snacks and hope for the best. DS is terrible in restaurants but I'm hoping he'll be excited about being on a plane. We took a train ride earlier this year and he did great simply because he was so excited about being on the train. He talked about it for weeks.

I honestly wouldn't worry about headphones. I know DS wouldn't wear them at that age. If you keep the volume low I doubt anyone around will hear much, planes are so loud.

I'm amazed sometimes at how our society has become so intolerant of anything that even slightly bothers them. All this talk about being considerate of others bothers me to no end because it seems to be heavily directed to parents, especially on the dis.

I realize a crying child is annoying and I also realize that listening to cartoons blasting away can be quite annoying (I have to endure it everyday and I know it can make you want to pull your hair out!). But I cant' imagine being upset or even bothered by the soft sounds of someone appeasing their child with a cartoon or video game as long as its not at full blast or anything. I'd rather hear a little of the cartoon then a lot of the crying. As loud as it is on a plane I'd be surprised if people around you can hear much at all.

We don't live in a perfect world and as long as someone is trying their best I'm not going to get upset with parents. Kids, especially babies and toddlers, are difficult to predict or control and I try to cut parents lots of slack because I have times when I need it too. And until they ban children on planes I expect to see and hear them. I do not expect parents to jump through hoops to keep their kids and the sounds that go with kids absolutely silent. I think consideration goes both ways. If you can't stand the presence of children or the noises that go with them, then don't go to places where they are allowed. I dont necessarily want to listen to your conversation the whole flight either, but you have that right and no one is asking you not to talk on the flight.

I'm just so tired of people that make parents feel like they have to tie their kids up and gag them so that others are not bothered by their mere presence in public. Kids cry, kids fuss, kids act up its part of life, people need to get over it. I'm sure I will be torn to bits by expressing this view on the dis, but tolerance and consideration go BOTH ways. Okay, rant over, sorry to hijack your thread OP.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:20 AM   #26
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We flew with DS last year at 16 months and he did good. I was really worried but he did fine Snacks and a few new toys and he was good to go.

He'll be 2 1/2 this year and we are taking the ipad and will put a few videos on it and pack lots of snacks and hope for the best. DS is terrible in restaurants but I'm hoping he'll be excited about being on a plane. We took a train ride earlier this year and he did great simply because he was so excited about being on the train. He talked about it for weeks.

I honestly wouldn't worry about headphones. I know DS wouldn't wear them at that age. If you keep the volume low I doubt anyone around will hear much, planes are so loud.

I'm amazed sometimes at how our society has become so intolerant of anything that even slightly bothers them. All this talk about being considerate of others bothers me to no end because it seems to be heavily directed to parents, especially on the dis.

I realize a crying child is annoying and I also realize that listening to cartoons blasting away can be quite annoying (I have to endure it everyday and I know it can make you want to pull your hair out!). But I cant' imagine being upset or even bothered by the soft sounds of someone appeasing their child with a cartoon or video game as long as its not at full blast or anything. I'd rather hear a little of the cartoon then a lot of the crying. As loud as it is on a plane I'd be surprised if people around you can hear much at all.

We don't live in a perfect world and as long as someone is trying their best I'm not going to get upset with parents. Kids, especially babies and toddlers, are difficult to predict or control and I try to cut parents lots of slack because I have times when I need it too. And until they ban children on planes I expect to see and hear them. I do not expect parents to jump through hoops to keep their kids and the sounds that go with kids absolutely silent. I think consideration goes both ways. If you can't stand the presence of children or the noises that go with them, then don't go to places where they are allowed. I dont necessarily want to listen to your conversation the whole flight either, but you have that right and no one is asking you not to talk on the flight.

I'm just so tired of people that make parents feel like they have to tie their kids up and gag them so that others are not bothered by their mere presence in public. Kids cry, kids fuss, kids act up its part of life, people need to get over it. I'm sure I will be torn to bits by expressing this view on the dis, but tolerance and consideration go BOTH ways. Okay, rant over, sorry to hijack your thread OP.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:35 AM   #27
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ktmom...I agree with you!!!

On our first trip to disney we decided to take a drive down to Boca to see my husband's grandparents. We flew home from an airport down there...I think Palm Beach.

It was an 8pm flight and my ds2 was a nightmare!!!! He was overtired and miserable. Nothing consoled him! The plane had no children on it and the flight attendent didn't seem very happy. She kept coming by trying to give him goldfish!!! I felt like yelling "Lady if he didn't want the 15 snacks or games I have in this bag...HE doesn't want your stupid goldfish!!!"

We actually paid more for the flight in order to take Jet Blue with the TV's. He only watched PBS shows at the time, so he had no interest in anything that was on that tv.

Needless to say it was a long flight back to NY. My solution, I ordered red wine! That made me feel better!

He wasn't a fussy kid, but on that particular night, you wouldn't have known it!

The funny part was my poor husband...He was sitting in the aisle seat and the seat next to him was empty. At the last minute, a passenger entered and sat next to him. The guy smelled like dog poop and kept tying to talk to my husband!!!

I'll take a crying baby over that anyday!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:37 AM   #28
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We flew with DS last year at 16 months and he did good. I was really worried but he did fine Snacks and a few new toys and he was good to go.

He'll be 2 1/2 this year and we are taking the ipad and will put a few videos on it and pack lots of snacks and hope for the best. DS is terrible in restaurants but I'm hoping he'll be excited about being on a plane. We took a train ride earlier this year and he did great simply because he was so excited about being on the train. He talked about it for weeks.

I honestly wouldn't worry about headphones. I know DS wouldn't wear them at that age. If you keep the volume low I doubt anyone around will hear much, planes are so loud.

I'm amazed sometimes at how our society has become so intolerant of anything that even slightly bothers them. All this talk about being considerate of others bothers me to no end because it seems to be heavily directed to parents, especially on the dis.

I realize a crying child is annoying and I also realize that listening to cartoons blasting away can be quite annoying (I have to endure it everyday and I know it can make you want to pull your hair out!). But I cant' imagine being upset or even bothered by the soft sounds of someone appeasing their child with a cartoon or video game as long as its not at full blast or anything. I'd rather hear a little of the cartoon then a lot of the crying. As loud as it is on a plane I'd be surprised if people around you can hear much at all.

We don't live in a perfect world and as long as someone is trying their best I'm not going to get upset with parents. Kids, especially babies and toddlers, are difficult to predict or control and I try to cut parents lots of slack because I have times when I need it too. And until they ban children on planes I expect to see and hear them. I do not expect parents to jump through hoops to keep their kids and the sounds that go with kids absolutely silent. I think consideration goes both ways. If you can't stand the presence of children or the noises that go with them, then don't go to places where they are allowed. I dont necessarily want to listen to your conversation the whole flight either, but you have that right and no one is asking you not to talk on the flight.

I'm just so tired of people that make parents feel like they have to tie their kids up and gag them so that others are not bothered by their mere presence in public. Kids cry, kids fuss, kids act up its part of life, people need to get over it. I'm sure I will be torn to bits by expressing this view on the dis, but tolerance and consideration go BOTH ways. Okay, rant over, sorry to hijack your thread OP.
I 100% agree with you!!! Kids will be kids! I'm not saying to let them run a muck all over but sometimes it feels people are not understanding at all. We were all kids once LOL
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #29
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If you are going to get crayons you could get the triangle shaped ones so they will not roll off the tray.

This age most kids are so so busy, maybe try tv shows instead of a movie to better hold her attention.

Regarding the headphones, I would use them. Preflight they say to use headphones and I would expect kids and adults alike to use them. I'm planning to fly later this year with my 3.5 year old and planning to get her some headphones so I'm glad for the recommendations here too!
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HEADPHONES!!! YES!!! Go buy a pair of headphones and try them out before you go. It's worth the money to spend a few more dollars to get ones that are more comfortable.

Trust me - I have much, much higher tolerance for toddler babble/conversations with parents/quietly reading a book than I do listening to their games or movies. You can really irritate your fellow passengers that way. Train now - airplane rides mean headphones. Everyone does it and its the rules. No headphones means no video or game with volume on.

I also understand kids move around alot and I'm gonna get more bumps on my seat if there is a kid behind me. But really - don't let you child sit there and purposefully kick the seat in front of them. If it just keeps happening due to all the movement - at least consider taking their shoes off.

I'd skip the Benadryl, but do try to make sure they are moving while in the airport before loading.

But in general, you have the right idea - lots of choices for distractions, new things, snacks. I didn't notice the age - but you could also try "playing an airport ride" for a bit at home before going.

But most passengers get it - if you are on a flight to Orlando - there will be kids. Not every one of them is going to be a perfect angel. I, personally, only get irritated when the parents clearly haven't thought through how they are going to try to cope. You already sound like you have thought through it!
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