Tips on traveling with a toddler?

Hi moms! I need advice! In about a month I am traveling with my 18 month old! 7 hour flight to Texas! Any tips? He won’t sit still for 10 minutes normally. I just bought him a tablet, but is there anything else I can do to help with entertainment, ear pain, or the general comfort of him and everyone else on the plane?! Thanks so much in advance!

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Snacks blanket and a toy and download shows if you let them use your phone or pad.

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Snacks, gum (for ears), a small backpack he can carry with colors and coloring books. Have some new apps in mind to download that he hasn’t played before. Download some shows or movies on the tablet as well. I also booked my son a window seat for his first couple flights. He loved just looking at the clouds.

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Suckers for take off and landing so his ears don’t pop, pack a little backpack of new little prizes.

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Bring sippy cup and snacks . Anything for him to suck on will help with the ear pain . Lots of activities . I use to go to the dollar tree and make a goodie bag for each of my kids as a surprise for them when we traveled . It had snacks and activities for them to enjoy . Also , other People will most likely enjoy helping entertain the child . Lots of luck !

His own seat with his carseat. It’ll be more ‘normal’ for him. Lots of little toys and snacks for distractions!

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Bring a sippy cup (empty of course) and fill with water before your flight. Have him drink during take off and landing to help with his ears. Bring crayons, color book, reading books that you can read to him and maybe some play dough

Bring mini liquor bottles and pass them out to anyone sitting around you and apologize in advance for any issues that might arise because of the toddler.

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I have one of those lol. If you travel with Alaska they have screens not sure if all airlines do. I recommend buying safe headphones for a quick movie. I took a backpack with, crayons, stickers, coloring books, small note pad, the magic boards they sale at target for like $5. I had snacks, literally all kinds, goldfish, crackers, skittles or baby dry yogurt, peanuts, bottle of toddler formula. Surprise him. Also, my pediatrician was ok with zarbees melatonin. I don’t use it unless I travel.

Good luck I have same situation going from uk to oz. We taking our tablet for him to watch and also theres some sensory games he can play we downloaded.

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Travel at night. He might sleep

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Flew from Germany to USA with a two year old and 3 yr old. Food, drinks, and toys that dont make noise, gum or sucker for take off and landing. Also the section just behind first class is a little bigger and he can play in floor there

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I travel with my son from Newark to Seattle before heading to Juneau. My son was 22 months. I had a tablet, snacks and his own seat( though I know I didn’t have to). I magnetize coloring board is good too. Oh stickers.

I travelled a lot when my kids were toddlers. First no nap and be hungry when boarding. It will make them fussy but that is okay - fussy helps wear them out. Let them run all over airport before flight who cares what others think. Then just as the flight takes air let them eat and drink out if a bottle (preferred because of the sucking) or sippy cup. It helps with ears. No sugar or caffeine. The hope is they sleep most of it. They should eat/drink on landing too if awake. Children can take dramamine so take some with you just in case it gets bad. It helps with sleep and nausea. Lastly, if they have even a slight cold prior to the trip take them to doctor and tell doctor about flight. A cold can easily become sinus infection from flying.

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Buy a seat for him and put him in his car seat!!! That’s the biggest tip I have to offer. It will save you sooooo much trouble.

Is he good while being in the car seat? We brought my daughters car seat on the flight & she knows she can’t get up. She watched tv, colored, slept, & played on the tablet. She did great!

Take children’s Gravol. Not only will it help fend off motion sickness but can also help him sleep. Bring chocolate/ treats for flight staff (tip 2 rows of seats, 6 staff, 3 rows, 8 staff), they’ll appreciate it a lot and be more willing, wanting and offering to help you when needed.

Take his car seat on the plane. I know under 2 doesn’t HAVE to have a seat but it’s 100x easier if you do. Lots of snacks tablet small toys. Put the snacks in small zip lock bags that way if one gets spilled you have more. But as a lap baby it’s horrible. Buy his sear

Snacks!!! Just when you think you have enough snacks back some more!!!

Sippy cup for his ears. And download some movies or shows. When I went my daughter was under a year and she was so amazed by looking out the plane windows