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    Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    I know im crazy but ill be flying from oz to uk with a 22 month old on my lap, trying to save money and not buy an extra seat.

    As you can imagine im dreading the trip. So im wondering if anyone can offer me any tips to occupy the little darling and keep me sane.

    Oh god what have i let myself in for...

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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    I suppose it depends on the type of toddler, but in our recent round-the-world trip which included five long-haul flights and 12 other medium and short-haul flights, we found that packing a roll-a-board with games and puzzles and bringing them out slowly (ie one-at-a-time, while keeping the rest hidden) kept our three year old daughter's interest going. We also took a few walks up and down the plane during each flight to give her some exercise and by the time she ate she generally then got either a daytime nap or an overnight sleep depending on the time of the flight.

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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    Quote Originally Posted by flying View Post
    I know im crazy but ill be flying from oz to uk with a 22 month old on my lap, trying to save money and not buy an extra seat.

    As you can imagine im dreading the trip. So im wondering if anyone can offer me any tips to occupy the little darling and keep me sane.

    Oh god what have i let myself in for...
    Make sure you are on a flight with in seat screens and put Disney channel or Nick jr on the whole way
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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    If you are very polite and$ lucky at checkin, perhaps they will block off an extra seat for you.
    I feel for you, this is the most difficult age for flying (have been there many times).
    See if you can get your little one used to wearing headphones before the trip, otherwise the inflight entertainment system may not be much use. My kids couldn't use them till they were older as they were too big for their heads! Perhaps bring yor own ear-bud style if they will work on the plane.
    Very simple crafts for kids too young to draw.
    - Stickers. Most toddlers can peel and stick stickers. Prepare ahead things to be decorated eg, cut out a circle from card, and punch out a hole near side. Child decorates with stickers or whatever, then thread hole with some thin ribbon, tie and wear as a medal or pendant. Similarly, cut out a spikey topped crown shape which can be decorated, ends stapled together and worn (small staplers ok on planes). Spin out these activities by doing one for you and one for doll or teddy. Pack each activity in a seperate ziplock sandwich bag.
    - Threading or lacing activity
    - New inexpensive toys for imaginative play eg cars, dolls, farm animals. Don't forget the accessories.
    - Paint their fingernails
    - Pop bubblewrap
    - Finger puppets (ikea has cheap ones)
    - Try "panquil" available over the counter from pharmacies. Makes them sleepy, but test at home first.
    - Last ditch emergency item - favourite forbidden food (for my kids, smarties, kept concealed)- to defuse either a tantrum or nervous collapse by parent (nine times out of ten I didn't use it, but really needed it when I did)
    - Books
    - lots of walks around plane

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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    Quote Originally Posted by sammy View Post
    If you are very polite and$ lucky at checkin, perhaps they will block off an extra seat for you.
    I feel for you, this is the most difficult age for flying (have been there many times).
    See if you can get your little one used to wearing headphones before the trip, otherwise the inflight entertainment system may not be much use. My kids couldn't use them till they were older as they were too big for their heads! Perhaps bring yor own ear-bud style if they will work on the plane.
    Very simple crafts for kids too young to draw.
    - Stickers. Most toddlers can peel and stick stickers. Prepare ahead things to be decorated eg, cut out a circle from card, and punch out a hole near side. Child decorates with stickers or whatever, then thread hole with some thin ribbon, tie and wear as a medal or pendant. Similarly, cut out a spikey topped crown shape which can be decorated, ends stapled together and worn (small staplers ok on planes). Spin out these activities by doing one for you and one for doll or teddy. Pack each activity in a seperate ziplock sandwich bag.
    - Threading or lacing activity
    - New inexpensive toys for imaginative play eg cars, dolls, farm animals. Don't forget the accessories.
    - Paint their fingernails
    - Pop bubblewrap
    - Finger puppets (ikea has cheap ones)
    - Try "panquil" available over the counter from pharmacies. Makes them sleepy, but test at home first.
    - Last ditch emergency item - favourite forbidden food (for my kids, smarties, kept concealed)- to defuse either a tantrum or nervous collapse by parent (nine times out of ten I didn't use it, but really needed it when I did)
    - Books
    - lots of walks around plane
    Some sensational ideas in there sammy, a great contribution.
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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    We did a similar thing almost a year ago with twin boys.

    - Bring along presents wrapped up so that they could unwrap them
    - Make sure that they have fun with their food (our boys enjoy eating and hence airline food shared was fun)
    - Reading books to them kept their interest for a while
    - If you have access to QF Club etc see if you can grab them a shower or bath which helps distract them and makes them sleepy just before the flight
    - Let them run around in the airport for a while and tire them out
    - Check out the airport facilities as SYD has play grounds within the airports for the kids to play on
    - Sleepy drugs are good too but make sure you test them at home and if its all OK, administer before they get too cranky otherwise it can have a negative effect

    That's it for my brain at the moment.

    Have a good trip.

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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    get a dozen small glad ziplock bags and put treats and snacks in.
    wrap little toys up and play pass the parcel
    If travelling through Singapore airport, visit the swimming pool. At other airports use qantas lounge for a shower if you have access. If no QP, most airports have shower faclities you can hire, and kids and water are a good combination on the ground. Rule #1, No sleeping at the airport

    Download favourite songs and story books from library onto MP3 player. As sammy said, get them used to earphoes before trying on the flight.

    Talk to qantas day before travel and try to get seat next to you blocked out and ask for child basinet seat and any other help they can offer.

    And on arrival, no sleep til evening or a jetlagged todler will make you wake up at 3.30am for the reat of the day

    good luck

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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    First yup - some suggestions here about keeping the little one amused.

    One issue though - why on earth should QF give someone who hasnt bought a seat a blocked seat. I think it is a bit much to ask for...

    Quote Originally Posted by sammy View Post
    If you are very polite and$ lucky at checkin, perhaps they will block off an extra seat for you.
    Quote Originally Posted by kiwitripper64 View Post
    Talk to qantas day before travel and try to get seat next to you blocked out and ask for child basinet seat and any other help they can offer.

    good luck
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    Re: Any tips for travelling longhaul with a toddler?

    Quote Originally Posted by simongr View Post
    One issue though - why on earth should QF give someone who hasnt bought a seat a blocked seat. I think it is a bit much to ask for...
    For the benefit of those travelling around the toddler. I see no problem with asking if the flight is not very full. But there should be no expectation that it will be honoured.

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    They may block seat to be very nice to other passengers..

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