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Traveling with 15 month old daughter!!!

Anonymous

Hi all!!! I'm flying with my 15 month old daughter next month to Virginia just the 2 of US..it's about a 4 hour flight... I'm a bit nervous😬 any do's or don'ts, advice and suggestions are much appreciated please.

  • Hannah
    Mar 17

    Hi! Just flew round trip to Hawaii with my little girl and here are my tips. •Your carry-on should definitely be a backpack, with any diapering stuff in it, no diaper bag. •A couple new toys/books for her to explore while on the flight. (Quiet ones if you can lol) •Something to suck on for take off and landing... some sort of sucker, or you if she is still nursing haha, or even those little veggie fruit pouches (that’s what we did), but just make sure that you are in control of how much she is getting because otherwise she may end up sucking it all down before you guys have even landed and her ears may still pop. (I messed up doing that when we were landing in Hawaii and she was the only kid screaming on the plane🤦🏻‍♀️) •Bring any cold and flu items with you that she may need... sick kid on a trip is not fun, especially when you have to go buy all the stuff they need💰💰 and they have to wait for you to go get it... better just to have it on hand. •Don’t know if you are traveling with a car seat or not, but I suggest that you don’t haha... I did and I never will again... it was so difficult and I definitely shoulder checked a few people trying to get through the isles😅 They do say that it’s safer to have your kid in their own seat in a car seat instead of your lap (why I chose to do it), but then later I read that traveling in an airplane without a car seat is still statistically way safer than traveling in a car WITH a car seat... that’s why they don’t require children to be in car seats on planes... not sure if you’re visiting family or what but you could always have them buy a cheap used one off of the Facebook market place or if you are renting a car then ask the rental company if they have one you could rent. But If you already bought your daughter her own seat and you still plan on bringing a car seat then I suggest getting a car seat luggage strap that keeps your car seat strapped onto your luggage. •If you don’t let her have screen time yet then I totally get that, but I suggest that you let it slide for the trip just in case of an emergency and other things aren’t keeping her happy. I suggest downloading a couple of movies onto your phone or tablet if you have one. •And lastly... don’t stress out too much... people understand more than you might think that babies do baby things lol and they should know that babies can’t just make their ears pop whenever they want... And if they don’t understand and you do end up with some ignorant people then just do your best to pay them no mind or if you simply can’t help yourself then just remind them that “This is public transportation, if you don’t like it then you should drive yourself to your destination or take a private jet... Otherwise you can take a chill pill and get over yourself.” (I clearly already thought out a whole scenario in my head before I flew with my little one and didn’t even need to use it lol😅 but just in case!🤷🏻‍♀️) Anyways, hope this helps! Have a fun and safe trip!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 17

    Thank you so much for the tips!

  • Rachel
    Mar 18

    We definitely utilized fun toys and fun snacks (in fun containers). So pretty much everything was new from the dollar store or dollar spot at Target. That greatly amused her. Pouches are perfect for the ascent and descent. And then, get yourself something special to relax: a coffee, a treat, etc. Almost no trips with toddlers or babies go as planned, so starting relaxed instead of hyped up goes a very long way. And then get as much sleep as you personally can the night before in case of flight delays etc. I took Benadryl one night because I was so wired packing etc, but it was definitely better to have the extra hours of sleep than the extra organization.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 18

    Thank you!

  • Paige
    Mar 20

    If you find little tin lunch boxes and hot glue LEGO piece pates to the top lid. Store LEGO people, animals, and bricks in the main part of the tin. This is mess free and will entertain them for a food bit