Val

Travel

We will taking a plan trip for Christmas this year any one have any advice? I have a 7 year old with special needs. A 4 year old that screams and a 6 month old. Our flight is very late at night.

  • Heba
    Nov 19, 2018

    search on Pinterest for a busy flight bag will give you a punch of idea to keep them busy during the flight like the colour, puzzles and brain quests and activity book all these thing could purchase from wallmart or target on affordable prices

  • Yass
    Nov 19, 2018

    I suggest you pack fun stuff to play at the airplane. Also, wherever you stay, try to recreate a small play area, that looks alike as the one in your home. It will help them all cope with the temporary new environment. Include some of their favorite things. And importantly, let them know all about the trip including fun places they will visit. That would limit the anxiety od the trip. Every day they need to have their moments to play. With this in mind, you will hace an amazing family trip.

  • Jenny
    Nov 19, 2018

    One trick that a friend shared with me and was a great success-have little “gifts” for the kids to open at predetermined intervals. (I had a day flight, you probably don’t need many for a night flight - more “just in case”.) I used small dollar store items - crayons and paper, puzzles, etc. I also had a “bathroom bag” that had everything I could need for a trip to the bathroom with my LO (diaper, garbage bag, change of clothes) but it was small and manageable in the tiny bathroom space. Maybe one per child? And if you are on a red eye don’t forget to ask someone to help watch your kids upon arrival so you can get a few moments of sleep too!

  • Lesley
    Nov 19, 2018

    I suggest for the 6 month old- when the plane is getting ready to depart.. give baby a bottle or the food pouch to eat. It’ll help with the ear popping!

  • Rose
    Nov 19, 2018

    I read about someone who would pack little "gift" bags for the other nearby passengers with candy, earplugs, and a note explaining it was the kids first flight and thanking everyone for their patience and understanding if they are noisy or cry. Won't help your kids cope, but it may make you feel better if you're worried about upsetting others on the plane and sideways looks.

  • Ana
    Nov 20, 2018

    I would dress them in their pajamas so they are comfortable and hopefully will go to sleep. Snacks, lots of them! And if you have an ipad (as a last resort) download their favorite movies or series so they can watch them even if it is on airplane mode. Also, for you 7yo, is there any toy, lovey that he brings to bed to sleep? If so, I would bring it. Wishing you a great flight!

  • Angela
    Nov 20, 2018

    if you happen to have a double stroller it’s helps and a chest strap for your youngest. When all the seats are filled ask the flight attendant if they have extra seats that are not being used so you can move to them and have room for the kids. I always wait to be the last to get off, it gives me time to make sure I grab everything and my kids are safe with me.

  • Selena
    Nov 20, 2018

    I’m a flight attendant and I travel with my 7 mth old. hears some tips that help. Have each kid bring a little backpack. Have each of ur kids pick out new toys or activities from the dollar store or 5 below, but don’t let them have it till they get on the plane. Make sure there’s no small pieces because sometimes the flight att have to clean the planes. Put some snacks in their bags. Hopefully u have a direct flt. If u are connecting make sure and have 2 or more hrs in between flts. Weather and delays are unpredictable. Late flights are good if you want your kids to sleep. But parents then have a very hard time waking them up and carrying your kids and bags makes for a big hassle. Tablets with movies r great even with a baby. Also if it’s the last flight and weather delays there’s a possibility the flt crew will time out and not be legal to fly. Meaning they have been work for 15 hrs. For the baby either nurse or give them a bottle. Once the plane is pressurized their ears should be ok. Then do the same on decent. Or even just a pacifier. If ur worried about other passengers make little zip lock baggies with some candy and earplugs and write a cute note saying I’m so am so and I’m a baby the pressure might hurt my ears and I might cry here’s some earplugs just incase. People will think it’s cute. Also don’t forget ur flight attendants bring them some candy or even $5 Starbucks cards. They will be more attentive and help you if u need anything. Hope this helps, good luck.

  • Indy
    Nov 22, 2018

    I don’t know if you’re breastfeeding or baby takes a pacifier but sucking on something should help w ear pressure

  • Evangelina
    Nov 23, 2018

    Please try 8 lol

  • Anonymous Mom
    Nov 23, 2018

    Definitely try to board last. I have traveled on planes with my special needs son and I always ask to board last and get off first bc the sitting is at the least then even though they offer you to get on first and off last you definitely want to switch that up. Plus having four adults is a great play in your favor! I think you should be fine. Bring drinks for them for takeoff and landing and offer them toons or anything that can keep them calm. I have found that baby sensory videos on YouTube kids kept my baby occupied and actually stopped her crying for random reasons. She still likes them today. She’s one. If your able to have something for everyone to do even if it’s something you generally limit allow the trip to be an exception to the rule. And night flying should also help. Best regards

  • Tiffany
    Nov 26, 2018

    I prefer red eyes as well as you can wear them out during the day. Pack lots of snacks, small toys (stickers, puzzles, drawing pads), headphones & tablet with videos they like already downloaded on! Good luck! I just did an 11 hr flight with my toddler!

  • Willow
    Nov 29, 2018

    Leave them at home! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 J/K J/K I only have one, so I do t know (and I’m late to this post anyway), I just wanted to make you laugh! (I hope I succeeded!) Have a great day & Happy Holidays!!

  • LisaP
    Nov 30, 2018

    When I flew solo with my almost-2 year old, I wipe-bathed him, brushed teeth, read a book, and changed him into pajamas so that he understood that it was bed time. And then changed him into day-time clothes in the morning- also an extra activity to keep him occupied. I agree with the other posters that the long-haul red-eye was the easiest part of the trip. The connections were a little tougher but at least they were shorter flights. I also used an umbrella stroller through the airports since he is a runner and I needed to keep him close to me. It gets gate-checked. I also have a wristlet/wallet that holds all of our passports, boarding passes, cash etc. so that I’m not digging through a carry on to find what I need in the airport.

  • Kristle
    Dec 14, 2018

    For your 7 year old bring their security item, for your 4 year old if they have like a kindle that has their favorite games or books that is already downloaded that does not need the internet that is always a plus and for your 6 month old make sure they have a bottle handy or pacifier for taking off and landing for the elevation changes in the air so babies ears pop accordingly so there is no pain. Snacks are always good. Stuffed animals. And of course comfy clothes and even little ear muffs to try to muffle the sounds around them. I have “Irish twins” they are almost 11 months apart and I flew with them. And I used all of those methods and it went very smoothly. With your little screamer whatever doesn’t make them scream bring it if it is appropriate. Your special needs love bugg, just comfort is the main thing. And baby main thing is making sure he or she is sucking on something while taking off and landing. Good luck

  • Alena
    Mar 28

    So how was it, Val?