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Old 01-02-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Help this spazy mom with a couple kid questions

I have a couple kid related questions I hope you fine folks can help me out with. We are leaving for our 7 day cruise in less then a month. Whoo hoo!


1. We are flying with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. The 3 year old will do great on the plane. But I am starting to freak out about the 1 year old. I had thought my older son was active but he has nothing on his sister. She doesn't like to be held because she is ALWAYS moving and climbing. She isn't very interested in anything on a screen (like sesame street or ipad apps) and she won't sleep in your arms. She likes to eat but I probably can't stretch that out over our 2 1/2 hour flight. Any tips for experienced fliers with such children?

2. I am planning on taking our 3 year old with me on the San Juan Rainforest Hike. But being a 3 year old boy he still likes to find the most inopportune times to tell me he has to go potty. I plan on making him go potty where ever we see one on the excursion but I am assuming that "watering the flowers" is highly discouraged in the national park. For anyone who has done this excursion is there some place during the 3 hour hike to hit the restroom?
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=brookepi;47054672]I have a couple kid related questions I hope you fine folks can help me out with. We are leaving for our 7 day cruise in less then a month. Whoo hoo!


1. We are flying with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. The 3 year old will do great on the plane. But I am starting to freak out about the 1 year old. I had thought my older son was active but he has nothing on his sister. She doesn't like to be held because she is ALWAYS moving and climbing. She isn't very interested in anything on a screen (like sesame street or ipad apps) and she won't sleep in your arms. She likes to eat but I probably can't stretch that out over our 2 1/2 hour flight. Any tips for experienced fliers with such children?

If you have bought her a seat on the plane bring her carseat with you. Kids are used to sitting in their carseats and will stay seated better.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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Ok as far as keeping the little ones entertained..here's what I did. My kids are just a little bit older but it as our first flight. I asked for a window seat for them, the least they could do was climb around in the seat and watch the clouds. See what animals or objects are in the clouds...make a game of it. I also went to the store and bought a few new, smaller toys or games for them, small stuff I packed in my carryon, I brought their ds's and any other hand held games I could find. They also brought movies on my iPad....I think the longest part of the flight was waiting for takeoff.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:06 AM   #4
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If you have bought her a seat on the plane bring her carseat with you. Kids are used to sitting in their carseats and will stay seated better.
Unfortunately I made the plane reservations back when southwest first released them (and she wasn't walking yet) and thought she would be ok on my lap. So now I am stuck with her on my lap.

But with it being on Southwest I am hoping to snag a seat near the window for her and her brother to share once we take off.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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Here's my flying tips ...
1) since you're flying southwest, they will let your lap child have his/her own seat if they have at least 5 empty seats on the plane. We would gate check our carseat & that way could use it if there was room on the plane. I prefer my children under the age of 4 to be restrained in a car seat because they don't mind it & it means i'm not chasing them all over the aircraft! (note to use the car seat on the plane it has to be in the window seat, so if you are using 2 car seats you will need 2 adults & will have to split up).
2) we do nine million snacks throughout a 2+ hour flight. I bring some & the flight attendants are more than willing to provide as much as you need.
3) Southwest has cups with lids & straws.
4) I have spent most of a flight back in the galley/bathroom section bouncing a screaming child & the flight attendants haven't been bothered one bit. Some have even tried to help.
5) Bring dum dum lollipops -- great for takeoff/landing (and anytime in between) for ears
6) I find that the snacks & dvd/ipad keeps them entertained. I try to avoid things that might be projected 10 seats up (yes, i have *that* kid).
7) RELAX. You honestly can't hear more than 3 rows in either direction (i've tested this) and as long as you're trying most people are understanding. And after the 2 1/2 hour flight, they won't see you again!
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:07 PM   #6
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We have flown a lot with our kids over the years. They are 3 & 6 now. My ILs live in AZ so we go out once or twice a year and it's a long flight from MI or IN 3-4 hours. Our bag of tricks include lots of snacks, portable DVD player(s), Nook Tablet, books we can read to them, coloring books, small toys that don't make noise. I'm still nervous before we fly but usually the kids do great no matter how old they've been. We always flew with them on our lap under 2. They always liked to look at the magazines in the seat pocket too. You probably won't get a restful flight or be able to do much that you want to do like read etc because you will be entertaining them. 2.5 hours shouldn't be too bad for you. I would suggest seats to the inside by the window as they like to look out.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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I fly solo with our kiddo all the time on Southwest.

1. You'll board right after the A's so you'll be able to sit together anywhere in the back half of the plan which should still be wide open. I typically move to the back and grab a window.

2. I pack the following in the diaper bag: snacks, snacks, drinks, more snacks, cars, plastic animals, a blanket, 5 of his current favorite books. I am certain that the folks around me would rather hear wheels on the bus 1,753 times than listen to the alternative.

3. iPad helps for us so that comes for longer flights. We have Bluetooth headphones - my 16 month old wont wear them yet but your 3 yr old probably would.

4. Since the baby is in your lap, be sure to bring proof of age.

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I bring clorox wipes to wipe down the seat area, I know I'm a germaphobe! lol
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:57 PM   #9
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I had a sit n stand stroller. It let my toddler wiggle but he was still trapped. Also I had two preschoolers who had handles on the sides that they hooked their hands into. The sit n stand folded up enough to go on the plane with me. We took lots of training walks to get them used to the fact that they were locked to the buggy. It was better they learned before we were at the airport. I guess time erases how long it took, but there were a few meltdowns until they can to accept the stroller rules. But I didn't feel so bad since they could wiggle and jump all they wanted. I know I couldn't sit in a stroller for an hour. If your son is in daycare then he might already be trained on a rope. Best wishes.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #10
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It was 8 years ago when I traveled with a 1 year old, but we remember afterwards telling our friends to bring lots of cookies. LOL Those hard cookies like arrowroot or whatever they are called, messy but last a long time. Books were good. How old is the 1 year old? LOL Early 1 or later 1? Would she be able to do beading on a pipe cleaner with Cheerie-os or fruit loops? It doubles as another snack. Ear plugs if there is someone fortunate enough to sit next to you. Sippy cup. Color crayons.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
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Snacks and Drinks during takeoff and landing will help relieve any pressure in the ear.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #12
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We've flown with out son who is very active as a lap infant serveral times. I bring a bag full of tricks as I call it. If you have a prtable DVD player or Ipad bring that. If not I bring window clings because they stick to the window and the tray tables. I also bring a coloring book and stickers and just let him put the stickers in the book. I also get food in the airport and wait to eat until we board that occupies about 30 mins. Also bring a lot of snacks. I know I'll be judged for this but in a pinch if they get really fussy I have a lollipop on hand.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the great tips and words of encouragement! My DH words of advice...bring ear plugs and cash to buy the people around us drinks in case things get out of control. (not a bad idea though).


So has anyone done the rainforest hike and can offer some info on the restroom situation during that excursion?
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #14
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If there are seats available, buy the kid a seat. It amazes me that a parent who would never think of driving with a child not secured in a car seat will do it on the plane because the airline says it is ok. The kid is used to being strapped into the car seat and will generally behave better there...and he/she is confined, so can't create too much disturbance other than sound. In addition, in the event of an actual emergency, your child will be much safer in the car seat than in your arms.

Yes, if there are enough unsold seats, SW will give you a seat where you can place the child and the car seat, but you sure can't count on this happening.

If you do your on line check in early enough to get an A group boarding, you can board based on the numbers and sit anywhere you wish. If you don't get that group, you'll be allowed to board between groups A and B. Sometimes they enforce the seating in the back 1/2 of the plane at this point, other times not.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:16 PM   #15
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Kids suprise you sometimes, they are more wriggliy if they are on your lap as they get hot and so do you.

2 hours isnt a long flight, get a little bag packed for stuff for the plane. You wont be able to take seatbelt off until you are up in the air so that takes car of about 20 minutes at the beginning and 20 minutes towards the end same again so you wont have that long to occupy them.

I took my daughter at 18 months from the uk to florida no problem at all but wouldnt have wanted her on my lap for 9 hours book a seat if there is one available
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