My daughter was a little bit older for her first flight, but now every time we travel, I get her some "prizes." I buy a couple little dollar items, like new crayons, finger puppets, magnet puzzles, sometimes just a snack, etc. and I wrap them up. We make a big deal out of it and they are used to reward good behavior. She knows at each leg of the trip, she gets to pick a prize (i.e. after take off, after the captain turns off the seatbelt sign, after a captains announcement or now that she's a bit older, after so many miles in the car or entering a new state). But I generally make it somehow related to the trip, like a new beach toy; but nothing too small or with too many peices, b/c you'll spend most of your time trying to crawl under the seat in front of you. ...Velco straps on toys is also a great idea... Get that stuffed dog a leash so you can pick it back up!
I also used the opportunity to talk A LOT about what makes an airplane fly, the landing gear and what it's for, tell them about buying a ticket, even at 1 1/2 they understand a lot and the sound of your voice will be comforting! I always talked to my daughter like she was already and adult and her comprehension of things was/is just amazing.
Definitely have them drink on take off and landing!!! Think about what ever keeps him still and quiet at home and bring plenty of it. Snacks and drinks are a definite must! Don't forget to wear layers of clothing for yourself, just in case you have spit up or an accident. Spare clothes!!!
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I agree with JENMC. If you have a Kindle Fire or iPad, get a doodle app, a few interactive books (The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore), and some music. I guess you could also use good old-fashioned crayons and paper. My 18-month-old was very content with all of these. In fact, she was so interested in the new experience that we didn't even need to crack out the snacks or entertainment until about 1 1/2 hours into the flight!
Pack lots of snacks. Plan to nurse (if you are) at take off in case his ears or a problem. Otherwise, if he takes a paci (or a bottle still) try that. I'd make sure to have a good backpack carrier for going through the airport if you're not taking a stroller. (I love my Ergo and my Mei Tai.) Get some new toys that he's never seen before, but don't take anything noisy. When you check in, ask if there are any empty seats, and could you possibly be seated in a not full row, if there is one, then you'll have a seat for him. If you can keep him awake from a normal nap so he's sleepy and will sleep on the plane, that would be a bonus. Good luck!
I'll be boarding a plane with my 1 1/2yr old son next week. Any tips? He'll be riding in my lap and I'm afraid he'll get super ansty. Luckily we have a layover so he'll have a chance to run around in between flights.
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