Flying High…A Few Tricks For The Flying With Children Experience

by farrah on July 28, 2012 · 7 comments

 

Flying with the boys was something that I never, ever thought in a million years I would be able to do. Even less likely did I ever once think that I might *enjoy* or even look forward to it! Well, I guess after our last experience I saw how awesome and how not so awesome it could be. Barring a surprise poop or sickness on the plane- I am optimistic that our flight up to Michigan next month might also be so easy. Yes, I realize I am jinxing myself now.

But really- that four hour delay due to a couple of a-holes can’t happen again. At least if it does I am going to be mentally prepared for such a disaster.

All of this is leading up to the marathon trip to the Netherlands in October. You know I’d be full of it if I said that a six hour flight trapped in an airplane with the crew didn’t scare the bejeebus out of me. At one point I’m pretty sure that I did ask my husband if taking a ship over was a more realistic option. I mean, if the immigrants did it…..well. You can imagine how that conversation went.

So- my one flight with my children has given me the confidence to travel the world with my children. Ok, maybe not- but we did learn a few tricks along the way.

Here’s a few things I used to make our trip a little ‘easier’ and plan on using again:

Gripsterz: I received one of these to try out at Reviewer’s Retreat back in June. I love the idea of giving B something to hold onto while buzzing through the airport. Since the twins were in the stroller, he wanted something ‘special’ too so this worked perfectly for him. It’s not a leash- it’s their call if they want to hold onto it or not. The only issue I had with it was when I tried to fold up the stroller the ring would slide down and prevent it from opening back up easily. Duh- this was on me. Once I remembered to slip the ring back up the handle we didn’t have that issue anymore. BONUS: It’s a Mom Made Biz product so you know I love that too.

Kindle Fire: We downloaded a few episodes of The Backyardigans onto my Kindle and it was fantastic! We don’t have an iPad- but each of us has a Fire so the boys could easily watch an episode in their seat. I am currently having a love affair with my Fire. Great gift idea for the dad in your life as well- it’s so much more than just a reading tablet!

Snacks galore: Yep. We only use suckers for the pediatrician’s office and shots- but will also be using them for the airplane from now on. I do not advise ring pops, however. Way too much of a drooly mess. Bring the stuff you don’t normally give your kids. They thought they were in heaven once I busted out actual drink boxes. What mom? You mean there’s actually juice that’s not 95% diluted with water? They sucked those things down faster than you can sneeze.

Blankz:  I have a new toy to bring out for B on this flight as well- something else I picked up at Reviewer’s Retreat. We were given a sample Blankz Bare Hare to try out on the boys. Since L still just likes to eat crayons and markers, I will leave this experiment for B. I plan on doing a review and a giveaway next month after we try it out. I hope it keeps him occupied for at least 15 minutes- you know with a 3.5 year old that’s about as much as you can hope for with anything!

Ziplock baggies: I swear by these things. I keep them in the car, in my purse, everywhere. You never know when the moment might arrive where you need to trap something awful in an odor proof container. Heck, this is my life with three boys. But really- I use the large gallon size with the slide zipper thing-ma-jig (NOT the regular kind) . I can capture a diaper, toss sticky sucker sticks, wet clothes, fun game/toy/snack bags for each individual child, etc. They’re small enough to squeeze anywhere and believe me- you will be glad you have them. They are my ‘Supermom’ tool for sure.

So here’s hoping our flight next month goes as well as trip up went last time- and does not resemble the debacle that was the flight home.

As always, I’d love to hear any lifesaver tips you might have!

 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for anything in this post. I was given two samples as stated above- however I was under no obligation to write about them.

 

 

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1 Kristen w. July 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

As we are gearing up for our 20+hour trip to Kenya next week (oh sh$t I have so much to do!) I have a few tips i have heard about.

New toys. Buy new toys for the trip, maybe even wrap them. They will be new and exciting for the kiddo and maybe that will mean 10 minutes of quiet.

On a long, especially overnite, flight consider bringing their carseat. Simone falls asleep in the car, so we are banking on the fact that she may be more comfortable sleeping (oh god please let her sleep!) in the carseat rather than the regular airplane seat.

So we have 20+ hrs there, and 24+ hours back. I’m sure I’ll have more to report later in the month!

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2 farrah July 29, 2012 at 12:55 am

I just realized I cut 3 hours off of our flight. Should be 9. And HOLY COW 20 HOURS!!! Is the flight leaving at night? Ours there will be at night- so I am praying they sleep. I don’t think we will bring the car seats though- the Frontiers aren’t exactly sleep friendly- you know?

Good tip. I need to think on that one. I guess what’s stopping me is the idea of lugging 3 huge car seats around with me in the airport!

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3 Kristen @ The Preppy Girl in Pink July 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

The Backyardigans keep us happy too! Seriously…all four of us. My husband and I love that show and the music.
We also bring a small blanket for each of the girls. It can get a bit chilly & they are just comforting to snuggle into (even at my age).
Color Wonder books & markers were great when the girls were smaller because the markers don’t stain anything.

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4 farrah July 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

They are fantastic! Mission To Mars is my favorite so far 🙂

Great tips with the blanket. The twins each have a ‘lovie’ blanket so that’s a given, but I need to get the 3rd one for B. Nice thinking on the Color Wonder books. B is into those and I forgot all about them.

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5 kerryb July 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

You’re super mom, seriously!

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6 farrah July 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

Hahha not really. I survive.

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7 Shannon July 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

Love these tips! We have also had great success hiding their favorite toys and books about a week before our trip and then going — “Ta da! Look what we found, kids!” when we are sitting on the plane.

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