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Jul 07, 2010


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Whew, I'm exhausted just from reading that! I think I'll have to apply "This too shall pass" to a bunch of other things too :)


I just flew alone with 2 under 2... 3 1/2 hour flight. Boy was I as nervous as you. But it went so smoothly!! I brough plenty of snacks - put the baby in the carseat since she's the one who needs less "snuggle" time. And I brough a few favorite little toys that I slowly brought out as the flight progressed. But my best tip - not mentioned on this post - is get a friend or relative to help you through security. All you need to do is bring them with you to check in - make sure they have ID to show. And ask the ticket aggent for a special assistance pass for that friend. That will allow your friend to help you through security and sit with you as you board. They can even help you board, if you ask. We chose not to have my mom board with me - just so she didn't get stuck being the fish swimming upstream... but a flight attendant helped me get my kids down the walkway and on the plane. They can't carry a kid - but they can hold a hand or carry your stuff. Good luck!!! Here's hoping you luck out like I did - I managed to get 3 seats to ourselves (we paid for 2) - no one wanted to sit by me... surprise surprise... lol And it wasn't a full plane. We also got a flight attendant who was awesome, she often came by to play with my 22 month old, and gave us more snacks than you could imagine. I think I still have some unopened from that flight 4 weeks ago... lol


Snacks, snacks, snacks. I am not usually one to try to quiet a child with snacks, but on an airplane I have happily let my toddlers munch on cookies, crackers, gold fish...in whatever quantities work!!

Also, bring new toys and books for the older child. Novelty goes a long way. The airline magazines also kept my toddler occupied as we played "I spy" for about an hour using the magazine.

If your toddler has a lovey make sure they are prepared in advance that they will have to put it through the security screening. My toddler had a meltdown once when he saw his stuffed monkey being whisked away from him.

I may be in the minority, but I vote that you don't bother carrying on a car seat as long as your older one is old enough to sit relatively still in an airplane seat. That's just one more big bulky thing to lug around.

MaryBeth @ Four Silly Sisters

Just after my triplets 3rd birthday I took them on a short (1.5 hour) flight to visit my sister by myself. I didn't have to mess with carseats... sis borrowed 3 from friends for our short weekend visit. I know all the passengers who saw us coming were dreading the flight, but we got very nice compliments from those seated around us once we reached our destination. I fit everything we needed into one big backpack... that way my hands were free. Take lots of snacks and new or different toys to entertain them. Enjoy yourself, and just like others have already said, if the experience isn't good... This too shall pass!

jean grow

Also, be prepared to remove the baby from the babybjorn/snugli for takeoff and landing. The first time a flight attendant (one of those really unsympathetic types) sneered at me and told me "you can't use that thing on the plane" I nearly burst into tears from all the pent-up fear. (We were headed to a funeral with 2 year old twins and a newborn, and had two flights totalling 6 hours, followed by one of those MIL's that can't be nice.) Sometimes it is best to 'expect the worst and pray for the best' so imagine a crowded plane and stinky daipers with little napping. Then you can be thrilled for just surviving it.


Thanks for all the tips! It'll be a long trip but I think I might actually survive it!

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